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Israeli Film Festival 2020 - The Unorthodox

Directed by Eliran Malka | Narrative | Israel 2018 | 92 min. | Hebrew, Yiddish

2019 Ophir Award Nominee for Best Picture

It’s 1983 and the religious party in Israel is led by the Ashkenazi elite. Yakov Cohen (Shuli Rand, Ushpizin), a Mizrahi printer in Jerusalem, doesn’t have money, connections, or political experience, but after his daughter is expelled from an Ashkenazi yeshiva, he decides that things need to change. Yakov’s campaign is informal but with the help of two friends, a great sense of humor and a whole lot of determination, he is going to build a new political party from the bottom up. Directed by the creator of Shababnikim, The Unorthodox is a fictionalized account of the creation of Israel’s Shas party.

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The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 23 – 30 at the Weinstein JCC.

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