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Why Barbara Hammer Won't Be Going to Jerusalem

On June 14, I reported that experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer had declined a fellowship at the American Academy in Jerusalem for “personal reasons” — the explanation given by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, which supports the AAJ. At the time, I reached out to Hammer to explain her decision. Hammer, who was then in China, promised to issue a more complete explanation upon her return.

Now, in a comment on the post, Hammer writes that she was misrepresented at the June 14 AAJ press conference, and that her decision is political, not personal. In a letter dated July 5, Hammer elaborated:

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