PJFF CineMondays Opening Night: The Women's Balcony @ The Gershman Y, Philadelphia [20 March]

PJFF CineMondays Opening Night: The Women's Balcony

19:30 - 23:00

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The Gershman Y
401 S Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
Philadelphia Premiere

A box office sensation in Israel acclaimed by critics and filmgoers alike, The Women's Balcony is a charming, feel-good dramedy set in a religious Sephardic community in Jerusalem.

The women’s balcony in a tight-knit Orthodox synagogue collapses during a Bar Mitzvah and leaves the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock. A young, neighboring rabbi is eager to lend a hand and offer his interpretation of the accident: what if the balcony crashed because the women are not modest enough? While the men appear to embrace Rabbi David’s more fundamentalist views, the women resent being coerced into a life of submission. With loyalties and friendships tested and a gender rift channeling Aristophanes’ Lysistrata deepening by the day, the women must organize to rebuild the balcony and reclaim their place in the congregation before it’s too late.

David's Harp, a Sephardic musical group, will perform onstage from 6:30-7:15 before the film.

The film is also followed by a dessert reception with live music and libations.

Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=5Ae4MShFUgo

Director: Emil Ben-Shimon
Genre: Narrative
Country: Israel
Year: 2016
Running Time: 96 min
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles
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