Thu, Jul 7 6:30 pm
Starring: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Sasson Gabai, Simon Abkarian, Languages: Hebrew, Moroccan-Arabic, French.
Guest Speaker: Norbert Goldfield
In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
Norbert Goldfield is the founder and executive director of the American not-for-profit Healing Across the Divides. He is a practicing physician, editor of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management and has authored more than 50 articles and books. He believes that health professionals can and do play an important role in society beyond direct care.
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