As the exilic experience, initiated in 587 B.C.E., continued over millennia, no one has been able to settle the question of what it means to be a diaspora Jew. Are those who actively participate in non-Jewish life still in a position to claim the heritage of Israel? And what about Jews who actively seek assimilation and renounce their roots altogether: are they still Jews in spite of themselves? Authors, from Joseph Roth to Sholom Aleichem to Chaim Potok, have tried to deal with this issue in light of different diaspora circumstances. One of the most recent perspectives on Jewish identity comes to us through Sunshine, a powerful film by the Hungarian director Istvan Szabó (1999).
"Daniel and The Sonnenscheins: Biblical Cycles in István Szabó's Film Sunshine,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 8
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol8/iss3/2