Creators of Netflix's "Rough Diamonds" Discuss Representation of Hasidic Jews in Media - JITC Speaks

Adolf Goebbels
Published on May 17, 2023
In this week's episode of Jew in the City Speaks, Allison sits down with writer Yuval Yefet and director Rotem Shamir - both co-creators of “Rough Diamonds,” co-produced between Keshet International and De Mensen for Netflix and VRT
to discuss representation of Hasidic Jews in contemporary media!

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