Films screening at this event

The Women’s Balcony

original title
ישמח חתני
Director
Emil Ben-Shirmon
Shlomit Nehama
Cast
Avraham Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, Orna Banai
Country
Israel
Year
2016
Duration
96 min

“Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.” Variety
“An entertaining, feel-good comedy.” Hollywood Reporter

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.

Winner, Best Screenplay Award 2017 – UK International Jewish Film Festival

Nominated – Israeli Academy Awards

The Outer Circle

Director
Adam Baroukh
Country
UK
Year
2017

The Outer Circle is a portrait of four generations of the Fattals as they gather for their annual feast in Mama’s house on Rosh Hashanah. The story takes place in a Regent’s Park townhouse furnished in gilded tissue-box covers, ivory statuettes, marble fruit decorations, and enough Persian rugs to stock a small vendor. Midway through a gruelling Orthodox conversion, Daniel and his fiancée Katherine are eager to gain the blessing of his imtimidatingly large and loud Iraqi Jewish family. Katherine’s natural elegance and ‘English English’ heritage immediately endears her to them, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the warm and welcoming atmosphere, some are not as ready as others to accept her newly acquired Jewish status.