Event details

Followed by a discussion with Prof Yaacov Yadgar, Rabbi Miriam Berger, filmmaker Stephen Brown. Chaired by Keren Misgav.

Attending this event

Yaacov Yadgar

Yaacov Yadgar is the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford. He has written extensively on matters of Jewish identity, nationalism, secularism, modernity, and tradition in Israel. His book,  Israel’s Jewish Identity Crisis: State and Politics in the Middle East, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown has worked in the film and TV industry for over 30 years. Starting as an assistant director in Paris, directing began after a postgrad diploma in Film at Goldsmiths. His feature film adaptation of John Banville’s novel, The Sea, starring Ciaran Hinds and Charlotte Rampling was released in 2014. He associate-produced Canvey – The Promised Island for BBC1. He’s now taking a masters at Birkbeck in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy.

Rabbi Miriam Berger

Rabbi Miriam Berger is the Rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue where she has been for more than 13 years. Her pastoral care and involvement in the lives of her community have led her to spearhead “The Mikveh Project UK”, a charity which aims to create a centre of wellbeing with the ritual of Mikveh at its heart. The project is a perfect example of the complimentary effect of secular challenges meeting religious solutions.

Films screening at this event


original title
Yehonatan Indursky
Ori Elon
Assi Cohen, Rotem Sela, Shuli Rand, Dana Ivgy

To watch the first episode for free, click here and use the promo code AutonoFREE.

To rent the entire series, click here.

Leaving UK Jewish Film On Demand on Monday 13th July.


Following their international hit series Shtisel, writers and directors Ori Elon and Yehonatan Indursky return with this gripping dystopian thriller series. Set in the present day, Autonomies imagines an alternative reality in which Israel is split into two separate entities: the secular State of Israel, whose capital is Tel Aviv, and, on the other side of a dividing wall, an ultra-orthodox autonomy based in Jerusalem. The battle over the custody of a girl who was born into a Haredi family but has been raised by secular parents threatens to push the two territories into irrevocable chaos.

Awards & Nominations

Winner – Best International Television Series, Geneva International Film Festival 2018
Nominated – Best Mini Series, Israeli Television Academy Awards 2018

* There are 5 episodes in the complete series but please note that Episode 1 contains both parts 1 and 2 of the story. Episode 2 contains part 3 and so forth…