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
Year:
2016
Length:
96 minutes
Country:
Director:
Emil Ben-Shimon
Genre:

Shown at

  1. 14th Israeli Film Festival (Canadian Film Institute) - 2017
  2. 15th Annual Ruth and Bernard Friedman Windsor Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  3. 15th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  4. 16th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  5. 20th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  6. 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival of Dallas - 2017
  7. 21st Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  8. 27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  9. Altoona Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  10. Am Hayam Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  11. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  13. Atlantic Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  14. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  15. Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  16. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  17. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  18. Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - 2017
  19. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  20. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  21. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  22. Davie Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  23. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  24. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  25. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  26. Elgin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  27. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Series - 2017
  28. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  29. Israeli Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC - 2018
  30. Jewish Cinema Mississippi - 2018
  31. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2017
  32. Long Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  33. Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  34. Madison Israeli Film Festival - 2018
  35. Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  36. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  37. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  38. Nashville Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  39. New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  40. New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  41. Omaha Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  42. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  43. Ring Family Wesleyan University Israel Film Festival - 2018
  44. Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  45. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2018
  46. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  47. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2018
  48. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2016
  49. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2017
  50. Seret: The Amsterdam Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2017
  51. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  52. Sixth Annual Augusta Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  53. Southbury Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  54. Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  55. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  56. Treasure Coast Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  57. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  58. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  59. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  60. Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  61. West Virginia Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  62. White Mountain Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  63. 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.
    More information can be found at: http://www.BRJFF.com.

  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.

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/amp/the-womens-balcony-2017

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    The Women’s Balcony movie review: men, cross women at your peril
    https://www.flickfilosopher.com/2017/07/womens-balcony-movie-review-men-cross-women-peril.html

  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.
    https://www.austinchronicle.com/events/film/2017-07-21/the-womens-balcony/

  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.
    http://nycmovieguru.com/may26th17.html#womensbalcony

  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.
    https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/reviews/view/28401/the-womens-balcony

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    With an eye for artful detail, director Emil Ben-Shimon orchestrates a resolution both plausible and jubilant.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-womens-balcony/Film?oid=26883108

  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.
    https://eu.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/movies/2017/06/08/womens-balcony-movie-review/376444001/

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