ABOUT The Tribe
What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film mixes old school narration with a new school visual style. The Tribe weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take audiences on an electric ride through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and the Jewish people- from Biblical times to present day. By tracing Barbie’s history, the film sheds light on the questions: What does it mean to be an American Jew today? What does it mean to be a member of any tribe in the 21st Century?
Citizen Film provided cinematography, post-production and editorial services for this iconoclastic documentary, written by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg, art directed by Gil Gershoni; and directed by independent filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Moxie Institute and the Webby Awards.