AJFF: The Other Story
Complications arise when a dysfunctional Israeli family tries to lure their willful daughter away from Orthodox Judaism, in THE OTHER STORY, acclaimed filmmaker Avi Nesher's compassionate and empowering ensemble drama. Renouncing the hedonism of her Jerusalem youth, obstinate young Anat (Joy Rieger) devotes herself to a pure life and the study of Torah. Her upcoming marriage to a raunchy pop star-turned-devoted Hasid, Shahar (Nathan Goshen), is the final straw, as her divorced secular parents (Yuval Segal and Maya Dagan) and grandfather (Sasson Gabai) scheme to foil the nuptials. Amid rising tensions and shifting alliances, no one has a monopoly on virtue, as multi-layered plots converge with unexpected consequences. Sensitively exploring the religious-secular divide, this universal tale of broken relationships and forgiveness masterfully weaves its many threads with poignant, gently humorous performances by a stellar cast.
Screenings: February 17 @ 7:20 and February 18 @ 7:20