Sponsored by the Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
The Women’s Balcony
Dir. Emil Ben-Shimon
Hebrew with English subtitles
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem in this rousing, gold-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses leaving the current Rabbi in shock and his wife in a coma, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic newcomer Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways much to the outrage of the female congregants. These changes test the women’s friendships and create an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.
Opening Night Party to be held at the AFI Silver Theatre immediately following the screening. Catering by Provisions.
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
Saturday, May 20, 8:15 pm
1529 16th Street NW
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- The film gives all the characters their due [...] a surprisingly feel-good comedy. ― The Hollywood Reporter
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This event finished on May 28, 2017.