Washington District Of Columbia-Jewish Community Center
1529 16th Street Northwest
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
7:30pm – 9:30pm | $11
Dir. Rama Burshtein (90min, Israel, 2012). Sony Pictures Classics.
In Hebrew with English Subtitles
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Moran Stern, Washington Jewish Week commentator, and lecturer at Georgetown University and American University.
With her first dramatic feature, writer-director Rama Burshtein offers us an unprecedented window into a young womans life in Tel Aviv’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic community. Strict social codes, rabbinical decrees, and subtle signifiers govern the way all members interactespecially men and women. This is the universe of taciturn, 18-year-old Shira, whose cloistered life takes a dramatic turn when her sister suddenly dies, leaving behind a newborn and a bereaved husband.
As the camera gently probes Shiras familys intimate life, so, too, does it keenly observe her private evolution from innocence to self-awareness as she decides whether to take her sisters husband as her own. The tension between Shira and her brother-in-law is palpable as their vulnerabilities stir under the surface of an emotional chess match neither is prepared for. Burshteins universal story of tortured lovetold with enormous specificity, nuance, and depthis transfixing.
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