Focusing on the 2012 Israeli film Ha-Mashgihim (God’s Neighbors),
this article explores the construction of a Jewish and religious Mizrahi
identity and analyzes the various ways in which the film presents a
world of meaning that contests the secular liberal grammar. The analysis
sheds light on the cultural motivation for introducing Judaism and Judaic
identity into the cinematic narrative and demonstrates it through two
themes: the formation of a peripheral religious Mizrahi territory and the
journey toward redemption and meaning.