The Women’s Balcony

Women's Balcony

PLAYING: MIDTOWN CINEMA

SATURDAY, MAY 20 • 8:30 PM
TUESDAY, MAY 23 • 3:00 PM
THURSDAY, MAY 25 5:30 PM see full schedule >

Israel, 2016/Comedy-drama, 96 minutes/Hebrew w/ English subtitles/Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon/Screenplay by Shlomit Nehama

A gender rift in a observant, close-knit community in Jerusalem is at the heart of The Women’s Balcony, Israel’s #1 box office hit in 2016. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Enter the charismatic young Rabbi David, who appears as if by a miracle after the accident. But as the rabbi begins to push a fundamentalist agenda that essentially dishonors half of his congregation, the women are mobilized, and what follows is a good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power, and men, well, having to listen.

Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards; Official Selection, 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

3 thoughts on “The Women’s Balcony

  1. This film was nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards, and was an Official Selection, 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It is a thought provoking film and one not to be missed.

  2. Who says feminism does not exist in Jewish orthodox communities?! In The Women’s Balcony, let’s just say that the women get more than their balcony, and the men discover that there is more to their wives than they’d ever even considered. This tale of war between the sexes is told with a light touch, with witty, strong, colorful heroines, and men who have room to grow.

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