Kadosh*

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Kadosh*

  • 1999 ----- color ----- 117 min ----- dvd
  • (Directed by Amos Gital, screenplay by Amos Gital with Eliette Abecassis, Jacky Cukier; with Yael Abecassis, Yoram Hattub, Meital Barda, Uri Ran Klausner, Yussef Abu Warda, Sami Hori, Lea Koenig) Set in the Mea Sherim quarter of Jerusalem, an enclave of the ultra Orthodox, the film explores a hermetic world almost never seen on the screen. Here for ten years the pious Rivka has devoted herself to her husband Meir, but their marriage remains childless. Presumed barren, she is rejected by her community, which prizes children above all else. The story that follows relates the harrowing fate of Rivka, and also her beloved sister Malka--in love with a young man who has fled the community to lead a secular life. As religious fundamentalism achieves new political significance in many countries around the world, the questions at the heart of Gitai's compelling drama resonate far beyond the borders of Israel. [Letterboxed] (In Hebrew with English subtitles) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Community Life, Family Life, Jewish Studies, Motion Pictures: Features, Religions, Women Studies)