The Women’s Balcony – Ismach Hatani

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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.

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual Ruth and Bernard Friedman Windsor Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  2. 16th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  3. Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  4. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  5. Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  6. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2016

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  1. 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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