The Women’s Balcony

Times:

  • 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Fresno Filmworks presents “The Women’s Balcony”, Emil Ben-Shimon’s critically acclaimed comedy about the tensions between the women of an Orthodox congregation and an ultra-Orthodox rabbi. After the women’s balcony in a synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. On top of no longer being offered a place to congregate, a new ultra-Orthodox rabbi arrives and begins imposing his more conservative views. The women decide to stand up for themselves as they cause quite a stir within the congregation. Starring Avraham Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, and Orna Banai. Presented in Hebrew with English subtitles. Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Emil Ben Shimon
Israel • 96 minutes • Not rated
Distributor: Menemsha Films

SCREENING SPONSOR:
Jewish Studies Program – Fresno State

Additional financial support provided by:
Fresno Jewish Film Series

Reviews

"The film shows the relationships and tensions between different groups within Orthodox Judaism in Jerusalem, and provides a cautionary (and universally understandable) tale about religious fundamentalism." — Alissa Simon, Variety
"Emil Ben-Shimon’s smart direction and Shlomit Nehama’s lighthearted and topical script ensure the proceedings not only hit all the right notes, but also entertain while being respectful of religious traditions." — Nicole Herrington, The New York Times
"The film shows the relationships and tensions between different groups within Orthodox Judaism in Jerusalem, and provides a cautionary (and universally understandable) tale about religious fundamentalism." — Alissa Simon, Variety
"Emil Ben-Shimon’s smart direction and Shlomit Nehama’s lighthearted and topical script ensure the proceedings not only hit all the right notes, but also entertain while being respectful of religious traditions." — Nicole Herrington, The New York Times

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.