Opening Night: God's Neighbors

Director/Writer: Meni Yaesh
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Year: 2012
Running Time: 102 min
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Date: Saturday, November 2, 8 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Special Event:
Skype conversation with Director Meni Yaesh


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A gripping and gritty drama highlighting the conflicts between fanatical religion, secular Israeli life, and the laws of love, GOD’S NEIGHBORS was selected for Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week in 2012.

Avi, Kobi, and Yaniv, young working-class zealots, have appointed themselves enforcers of the Torah in their neighborhood of Bat Yam. Calling themselves “The Supervisors,” this hot-headed trio of yeshiva boys ensures that women are dressed appropriately, that business owners respect Shabbat, and that the Arabs passing through from Jaffa don’t overstay their welcome. The group’s dynamic is challenged when their leader, Avi, threatens a young woman who defies their rules, yet awakens his desire.

This film was generously underwritten by Phyllis and Howard Fischer & Jane and Joe Goldblum   

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