DVD - 2000 | Hebrew
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Set in the Mea Sherim quarter of Jerusalem, an enclave of the ultra Orthodox, Kadosh 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 in 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 witha young man who has fled the community to lead a secular life.
Publisher: New York : Kino Video, [2000]
Branch Call Number: HEB 791.4372 K116g1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Sacred [videorecording]


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Jan 12, 2018

This film depicts a story where men in the name of religion inflicts punishment and intolerance on members of their own adherents to their own brand of beliefs. What is striking is that they use their own scriptures to execute their will and simultaneously disregard that which condemns their own machinations. It is disturbing to see how women are regarded in this beliefs system. Unfortunately this is not confines to one religious group , but is known worldwide.
Women despite their faithfulness to their husbands and faith are discarded when they cannot meet reproductive expectations.
This story resonates with people across several cultures. It is most timely in the current climate of the exposure of the abuse of women.

Seelochan Beharry
Author: The Prehistories of Baseball

May 01, 2016

Two women are hobbled by religion and its attending patriarchal mindset in writer/director Amos Gitai's contentious Palme d’Or nominee. With the men in their lives holding all the power, Rivka and Malka’s search for resolution will lead them down two very different paths as Gitai touches on issues of sanctioned misogyny, radicalized Judaism (Meirs’ father believes more orthodox kids means more chances to overthrow the government), and the gross imbalance of power inherent in any theocracy. Despite the incendiary subject matter Gitai keeps his camera at arm’s length, neither judging nor proselytizing but letting his characters carry the story through words and actions—an approach which leads to some beautifully provocative imagery when a splash of red light illuminates an adulterous couple or a wedding night turns into a clumsy rape when God fails to intervene. A slow-burning heartache of a film told with passion and emotional honesty.

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