Western Massachusetts Premiere
The Women's Balcony
Sunday, April 2, 7:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley
In this sharply observed dramatic comedy about a literal and metaphorical fall—a synagogue’s women’s balcony collapses during a Bar Mitzvah—a close-knit Sephardic congregation in Jerusalem fractures along gender lines. Emil Ben-Shimon's feature debut is a warm portrait of a community seeking to balance protocol with practical and progressive values. This rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power is accompanied by stirring music and sumptuous food. An Israeli box office sensation in 2016, The Women’s Balcony continues to charm filmgoers and critics alike.
Nominated for 5 Ophir (Israeli Academy) Awards.
Q&A with Donald Weber, Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.
In partnership with Mount Holyoke College Jewish Studies and Film Studies programs.
Drama | 2016 | 96 minutes
Israel | Hebrew with subtitles
Directed by Emil Ben Shimon