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The Women’s Balcony

Sat & Sun, Nov 18 & 19 / 7 pm
Wed, Nov 22 / 7 pm
Thu, Nov 30 / 9 pm
Sat, Dec 2 / 9 pm
Sun, Dec 3 / 7 pm
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Sat, Dec 9 / 9 pm
Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon
2016, Israel, 96 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

A box office smash in Israel. An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the sexes in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways as he tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

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Beneath its gentle, comic exterior is a serious look at social and religious tensions not always apparent in the West. It’s impossible to resist a film that has such rich characters, and makes a complicated subject both enlightening and entertaining.
- San Francisco Chronicle
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