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The Women's Balcony
Tuesday, November 01, 2016, 03:30pm
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Israel, 2016, 96 Minutes

Hebrew with English subtitles

Directed by Emil Ben Shimon

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.

The day of Osher's bar mitzvah begins auspiciously, with happy guests in their Sabbath best making their way thorugh Jerusalem's streets. They congregate in the synagogue, and the men look up adoringly at the women's balcony where their wives, daughters, sisters, cousins, and grandmothers are gathered. Then disaster strikes: the floor under the balcony gives way, leaving several people injured. Most everyone regards the collapse as the tragic result of a structural flaw. No one stops to wonder if it might have been a message from God. Until Rabbi David comes along.

Location AMC Loews New Brunswick