New York University’s Rakefet Zalashik is available for comment on the history behind the new film “Adam Resurrected” (July August Productions), which follows the story of a patient at a mental institution for Holocaust survivors in Israel. Set in 1961, the film stars Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe and is directed by Paul Schrader (“Affliction,” “Light Sleeper,” “The Comfort of Strangers”).
Zalashik, a Dorot fellow in NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the university’s Taub Center for Israel Studies, has done extensive work in the history of psychiatry in Israel-notably of trauma among Holocaust survivors and the “second generation” of survivors. Her publications include Ad Nafesh: Immigrants, Refugees, Newcomers, and the Psychiatric Establishment in Israel (Hebrew). Her work also encompasses representations of the Holocaust in Israeli society, including those in literature, art, law, political institutions, health, and education.
Reporters interested in speaking with Zalashik should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.