Gur Bentwich, 2000
The annual Melton Center Matinees film series explores aspects of contemporary Jewish life and history. Screenings are followed by informal discussion with scholars from the Ohio State community.Copresented by<b>Ohio State's Melton Center for Jewish Studies.</b>
"A rollicking techno-music-fueled backpacker odyssey."--East Bay Express
Three Israeli 20-somethings concoct an aphrodisiac called Total Love (84 mins.), and their adventures in minor-league recreational drug peddling take them from Israel to Amsterdam to India as they're swept up in the world of backpacking global wanderers. While many "drug films" focus on violence and betrayal, this one shows a charming, far-reaching quest for true love within the trance scene, a phenomenon pursued nowhere more eagerly than among Israeli youth.
Postscreening discussion led by Matt Goldish, Department of History, and Michael Swartz, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.