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Shiva

Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz | 103 min.
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Shiva

For seven days a large family of Moroccan descent observes the Jewish mourning ritual of Shiva when a brother dies. Living together again reveals many tensions and conflicts between family members. Amidst the tensions, the Gulf War rages in the background.

Srugim - Season 1, Ep. 1

Eliezer Shapiro | 29 min.
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Srugim - Season 1, Ep. 1

Srugim takes as its starting point the generation of Modern Orthodox Jews who are simultaneously extremely observant and also, genuinely, contemporary. (The title means knitted, and refers to the stitching of a style of yarmulke, as well the characters’ full integration into Israeli society). It begins with its characters going on a familiar series of bad dates—the blind date, the speed date, the date that devolves into a fight about salaries—clichés that, as with everything about Srugim, are lightly reinvigorated by religion.

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