February 17, 20194:35pm
Tenacious ultra-Orthodox women challenge the status quo of their patriarchal community to create New York's first all-female ambulance corps, in 93QUEEN. A practicing attorney and mother of six, Rachel Freier sets out to establish an alternative volunteer EMT service to offer emergency medical care for Hasidic women whose sense of modesty is informed by religious beliefs. Her efforts result in an ideological tug of war with the observant men in their Borough Park enclave, who fear a trojan horse of radical feminist ideas and erosion of gender roles. Refusing to yield, Rachel doggedly enlists an engaging cast of other Hasidic women grappling to balance their faith with nascent social progress in an uphill battle to launch this landmark endeavor. With unique, exclusive access to her subject, Orthodox filmmaker Paula Eiselt tells a rousing story of empowerment and cultural disruption.