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Religious society is fertile ground for powerful documentary storytelling – particularly when told from the inside. In this compelling glimpse into the world of religious women, teacher Ruchama and wigmaker Tikva, two strictly Orthodox women, dream of expressing themselves by making their own films. However, the obstacles they face in order to achieve their modest goal of showing their work to an all-female audience throws other filmmakers’ more prosaic dilemmas into sharp relief. The two dreamers must overcome not only the censorship of their rabbis’ deep mistrust of film in general, but a broader suspicion of a woman’s desire to step outside the rigid social norms. Debut filmmaker Efrat Shalom Danon has created an intimate, cinematic portrait of this fascinating, little known world and a stirring testament to the liberating power of art. Jonathan Walton

 

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