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 Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. 16th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  6. 19th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2017
  7. 2017 International Film Festival (Cumberland) - 2017
  8. 20th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  9. 21st Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  10. 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival of Dallas - 2017
  11. 21st Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  12. 25th Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  13. 27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  14. 32nd Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2017
  15. Altoona Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  16. Am Hayam Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  17. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  18. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  19. Atlantic Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  20. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  21. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  22. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  23. Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  24. Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  25. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  26. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  27. Central Massachusetts Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  28. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  29. Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  30. Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - 2017
  31. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  32. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  33. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  34. Davie Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  35. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2017
  36. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  37. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  38. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  39. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  40. Elgin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  41. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Series - 2017
  42. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  43. Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  44. Honolulu Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  45. Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival - 2017
  46. Israeli Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC - 2018
  47. Jewish Cinema Mississippi - 2018
  48. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2017
  49. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2017
  50. Long Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  51. Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  52. Madison Israeli Film Festival - 2018
  53. Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  54. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  55. Michiana Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  56. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  57. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  58. Nashville Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  59. New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  60. New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  61. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  62. Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  63. Omaha Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  64. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  65. Ring Family Wesleyan University Israel Film Festival - 2018
  66. Riverside Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  67. Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  68. Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  69. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2018
  70. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  71. Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  72. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2018
  73. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2016
  74. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2017
  75. Seret: The Amsterdam Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2017
  76. SFJFF WinterFest - 2017
  77. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  78. Sixth Annual Augusta Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  79. Southbury Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  80. Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  81. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  82. Treasure Coast Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  83. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  84. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  85. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  86. Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  87. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  88. West Virginia Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  89. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  90. White Mountain Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  91. Wilmington Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  92. 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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