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
Poster for The Women’s Balcony – Ismach Hatani

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. Elgin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  13. Israeli Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC - 2018
  14. Jewish Cinema Mississippi - 2018
  15. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2017
  16. Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  17. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  18. Ring Family Wesleyan University Israel Film Festival - 2018
  19. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  20. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2018
  21. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2016
  22. Sixth Annual Augusta Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  23. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  24. White Mountain Jewish Film Festival - 2019

1 Response

  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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