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The Women’s Balcony

Dir. Emil Ben-Shimon Israel 96 min Not Rated

2017 Menemsha Films

In Hebrew with English subtitles

In THE WOMEN’S BALCONY, a New York Times Critics’ Pick, a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem drives a 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 and 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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