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Menashe

The first Yiddish-language feature film in many years, Menashe is a rare and sensitive portrayal of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn.

When his wife dies, sales assistant Menashe (wonderful first-timer Menashe Lustig) tries to follow the rabbi’s decree which obliges him to remarry in order to get custody of his young son Rieven. A series of unsuccessful dates leaves him torn between his commitment to faith and community, and his love for his child.

8-21 December, JW3

UKJF at JW3

In Between

Three young Arab-Israeli women share a flat in the vibrant centre of Tel Aviv in first-time director Maysaloun Hamoud’s groundbreaking film In Between. Finding themselves caught between two cultures – but not feeling fully accepted into either – the three friends try to find a way to enjoy the freedom that Tel Aviv offers them without having to turn their backs to their more conservative families, and tradition. A unique and fresh portrayal of the lives of secular Palestinians in Israel today, and the enduring power of female friendship.

24-31 December, JW3

UKJF at JW3

The Women’s Balcony

It’s back by popular demand!

Winner of the 2017 UKIJFF Best Screenplay Award.

The building site of a new synagogue located at the heart of a close-knit community in Jerusalem turns into a battleground between husbands and wives, when a new charismatic rabbi decrees that it will not include a women’s balcony – thus barring them altogether from religious services. The Women’s Balcony is a joyous, riotous and thought provoking portrayal of a community striving for equality, which has deservedly become a global hit.

1-13 January, JW3

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