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About the Opening Night Film
A spirited and suspenseful David-and-Goliath morality tale about the founding of Israel’s first Sephardi political party, actor Shuli Rand dazzles in this fictionalized (and quintessentially Israeli) story about the rise of the Shas Party. In his first screen role since 2004’s theatrical hit USHPIZIN, his daughter is expelled from religious high school for not “fitting in” (ethnically). That is when Yaakov Cohen (Rand), a Jerusalem widower and print shop owner, resolves to fight back and even the playing field between the powerful Ashkenazi religious establishment and the Sephardi and Mizrahi underclass.
About the Festivities
Join friends and the Stroum JCC board in the AMC lobby, starting at 7:30 pm for happy hour (cash bar) befor the film. Stay after the film for a Dessert Party hosted by Tom Douglas (included with ticket/pass).
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. Best known for Israel’s hit TV show THE NEW BLACK (Shababnikim), also playing at SJFF this year, THE UNORTHODOX is his feature film debut.
Sharon Gantz Bloome Fund of the Tides Foundation