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