[...] 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.
Co-sponsored by the Springfield JCC's JEngaged Program and made possible through the generous support of the Anna P. Housen Fund for Israel of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Reception sponsored by OyBay, the Springfield JCC's online auction.
Drama | 2018 | 99 minutes
Israel | Hebrew and Yiddish with subtitles
Directed by Eliran Malka