Israeli Film Matinee
September 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am MST
One event on October 1, 2020 at 10:00 am
Open Beit Midrash presents a live-stream Israeli Film Matinee on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1. Two films will be shown each day. Cost: $10 per day.
Tuesday, Sept. 29 | 10 a.m.
“I Am From the Jews” and “Across the Line”
Thursday, Oct. 1 | 10 a.m.
“Barren” and “Past Forward”
Across the Line: Hananel, a young religious Jew, is hurrying home for Shabbat. An unexpected encounter with Mundir, an unwanted and stubborn Palestinian hitchhiker, leads Hananel on a series of mix-ups that eventually teaches him a lesson in communication, friendship and love.
Barren: Naomi, a married ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman is expected to fulfill her life’s purpose and become a mother. She is young, immature, and has already raised children as older sister in a large Orthodox family. But no matter what, she is obliged by the social norm. Do the personal wishes of a young woman stand a chance against a rigidly conservative social structure? Will Naomi’s marriage survive the test?
I Am From the Jews: A young teacher becomes possessed by his dead grandfather, who forces him to choose between his Iraqi Arabic Jewish family identity and his life as an Israeli ignoring the past.
Past Forward: Rokaya Marzouk was raised in an Arab village in Israel and knew from a young age that she couldn’t follow the traditional path of an Arab woman. She went to study in a university when it was very uncommon for Arab women in Israel, and became the first school counselor to work with the Bedouin tribes of south Israel. She later was trained as a psychotherapist to practice in a center for sexually abused girls/children of the Bedouin community. This movie is her introspection, weaving aspects of her biography, her memories, roots and influences that led her to the position where she stands today.