The Women’s Balcony – Ismach Hatani

Poster for The Women’s Balcony – Ismach Hatani An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift 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 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.

Original title:
Ismach Hatani
96 minutes
Emil Ben-Shimon

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual Ruth and Bernard Friedman Windsor Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  2. 15th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  3. 16th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  4. Altoona Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  6. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  7. Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  9. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  10. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  11. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  13. Elgin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  14. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  15. Israeli Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC - 2018
  16. Jewish Cinema Mississippi - 2018
  17. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2017
  18. Madison Israeli Film Festival - 2018
  19. Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  20. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  21. Ring Family Wesleyan University Israel Film Festival - 2018
  22. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2018
  23. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  24. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2018
  25. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2016
  26. Sixth Annual Augusta Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  27. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  28. White Mountain Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  29. Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival - 2019

13 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival will open on January 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM with a showing of the Israeli film “The Women’s Balcony” at the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge. This year marks the 12th annual showing of the crowd favorite, and there are free tickets available for opening night.
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  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    “The Women’s Balcony” takes on some extremely hot topics, and in doing so makes the point powerfully that true faith does not depend on a head-scarf.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    The Women’s Balcony movie review: men, cross women at your peril

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    A rift between the sexes is the engine that drives this Israeli comedy. Additionally, The Women’s Balcony sounds an alarm about the insidious creep of extremism and its divisive and ruinous effects on society.

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    As Ebert once wisely observed, what a film’s plot is about is not as important as how the film goes about its plot. Fortunately, Nehama grasps the importance of grounding The Women’s Balcony in humanism from start to finish.

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    A well-done religious drama set in Jerusalem where the members of a small synagogue confront changes demanded by a fundamentalist zealot.

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    With an eye for artful detail, director Emil Ben-Shimon orchestrates a resolution both plausible and jubilant.

  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    The screenplay by Shlomit Nehama neatly balances gentle humor and pathos as the women revolt. Director Emil Ben-Shimon creates a bustling sense of community and injects most scenes with a surprisingly breezy air.

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