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    Rob Epstein’s The Times of Harvey Milk (USA, 1984) and Gus Van Sant’s Milk (USA,
    2008), the two major films that narrate the life and tragically dramatic death of gay
    politician and activist Harvey Milk (1930–1978), are widely recognized as part of
    the queer cinematic canon but are less often categorized as Jewish films. While
    Epstein’s film adroitly presents a “Kosher-style” Milk, the Jewishness of Van Sant’s
    Milk is less certain; however, a well-established pattern of gay and lesbian Jews
    citing Milk as one of their own—what I term “Jewqhooing”—enabled a Jewish
    reception of Milk. Querying and queerying the Jewishness of Milk (the man as well
    as the movies that purport to represent his life and times) illuminate the complex
    ways Jewishness continues to be cinematically conveyed or whitewashed as well
    as the intersections between queer and Jewish film history.