Philadelphia Film Center
1412 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Sunday, April 7, 2024, 7:00 pm

Admission: General $15, Students and seniors $13  

In this explosive true-crime drama, a newly married young man's ambition to open a computer store in his ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood begets a shocking clash of tradition versus modernity. Devout yeshiva student Yair (Roy Nik) tries to support his family with a new business, introducing outside technology into the cloistered community. Despite efforts to adhere to strict Haredi rules, he faces vehement opposition from the locals, leading to rising tensions, the threat of violence, and marital strain, culminating in a decisive showdown. Nominated for 9 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, writer-director Benny Fredman's intense portrayal, based on personal experiences, offers a troubling yet potent commentary on the intersection of free will and religious dogmatism.

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Country: Israel
Release Date: 2023
Time: 110 minutes
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: Hebrew, Yiddish with English subtitles
Director: Benny Fredman
Topics: Orthodox-Haredi
Guest Speaker: Benny Fredman, Director For a decade, Benny Fredman owned a chain of stores in ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhoods. After graduating from the Camera Obscura School of Art, he directed and produced the Netflix thriller "Suicide," the series "Suspect", and the documentary "Moving to the Embassy".
Nominated for 9 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film. Won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.