2020 FESTIVAL POSTPONEMENT: 15th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Postponed Until Further Notice

The Unorthodox

[...] a lively and suspenseful film.
– Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

Sunday, March 29, 7:00 PM
Goldstein Auditorium, Springfield Jewish Community Center, Springfield

When Yakov Cohen’s daughter is expelled from school for ethnic reasons, he decides to fight back. It’s 1983 and Yakov, a printer in Jerusalem, is just a regular guy. He has no knowledge, no money, no connections, and no political experience. But he does have the will and the passion to take action, and a belief that he and other Sephardic Jews should be able to hold their heads up high. Yakov brings two friends along and together they start the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem, with an operation characteristic of the people they represent: not the suit-wearing types, but rather the people working their way up from the bottom. Their operation is informal, full of love for their fellow man, animated by a great sense of humor and a whole lot of rage. Directed by the creator of Shababnikim, The Unorthodox is a fictionalized account of the creation of Israel's Shas Party.

Best Film, Montreal Israeli Film Festival

Reception at 6:00 PM. Discussion to follow the screening.

Drama | 2018 | 99 minutes
Israel | Hebrew and Yiddish with subtitles
Directed by Eliran Malka

 

 

 

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