THE WOMEN’S BALCONY

OPENS FRIDAY, JUNE 23

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In this comedy-drama, a rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power (and Israel’s number one film of the year), an accident during a bar mitzvah celebration causes a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, putting the rabbi’s wife into the hospital and leaving the resident rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but he slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates a Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Writer: Shlomit Nehama. Director: Emil Ben-Shimon. (Israel 2016) 96 min.

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