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About Season 1

Orthodox yeshivas may appear to be for serious scholarship and strict rule following. But in this runaway Israeli hit TV series, sophisticated Avinoam, handsome Meir, and cynical Dov are “shababnikim”— Israeli slang for the rowdy, rebellious ultraorthodox young men who test their community’s limits. They date, barbecue in the park, drink espresso, and “pray” nobody is paying attention. Unfortunately, for the studious and rigid Gedalya, these guys are his new roommates. Moreover, whether he likes it or not, he is going along with them for the ride. Will they corrupt Gedalya before he civilizes them?

Winner of four Israel Academy of Film and Television Awards.

Already hooked? SJFF will screen the first four episodes, and give attendees streaming access to binge watch the remaining six episodes of Season 1. Household access codes will expire April 28, 2019.

Director Bio

Eliran Malka grew up in a religious Mizrahi family in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya and moved to Jerusalem to study film at Ma’aleh School. THE UNORTHODOX (SJFF 2019 Opening Night) is his feature film debut.

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Film Details:

Director: Eliran Malka, Daniel Paran
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/subtitles
Running Time: 120m (Season 1, Episodes 1-4 + streaming access to Episodes 5-10)
Year: 2017
Genre: TV Series/Narrative
Original Title: Shababnikim/שבאבניקים=


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