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March 26, 2017
10:00 AM

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Schaefer and Crespo’s message isn’t subtle, but they give it a fresh face by focusing on women whose identities are shaped but not warped by piety and devotion to ancient cultural values. (Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide)

There will be a Q&A session immediately following the film. Speaker TBD.

Directors: Diane Crespo, Stefan C. Schaefer | Written ByStefan C. Schaefer & Yuta Silverman

United States | 2007 | English | 89 Minutes

Awards: Best Film Grand Chameleon, 2007 Brooklyn International Film Festival | Audience Award for Feature Film, 2007 Washington Jewish Film Festival


Rochel is an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira a Muslim of Syrian origin. Both beautiful young teachers at a public school in Brooklyn, they also have something else in common – they are going through the process of “arranged marriages” through their respective religious and traditional customs. With both family pressure on one side, and the rejection of traditional values by the outside world on the other, Rochel and Nasira learn to rely on each other and their friendship to navigate the balance between striving to be strong women in charge of their own happiness, while honoring their deep religious and cultural convictions.