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Cinema – The Unorthodox
February 21-8:00 pm
8.00pm Thursday 21 February
It is 1983 and Yaakov, a printer in Jerusalem, is just a regular guy. He has no knowledge, no money, no connections and no political experience. When his daughter, for ethnic reasons, is expelled from school, he decides to take action, in a belief that he and other Sephardic Jews should be able to hold their heads up high. Together with his two friends, Yaakov starts the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem, characteristic of the people they represent. Their operation is informal, full of love for their fellow man, animated by a great sense of humor and a whole lot of rage.
They don’t know how to play the political game, so they make it all up as they go along – setting off on one of the oddest, most surprising and moving election campaigns Israel has ever known. Today, the Sfarad’s Guardians’ political party – known as “Shas” – is an institution, influencing an entire society. Yaakov Cohen still works at his printing house in the Bukharan Quarter in the heart of Jerusalem City.
The Unorthodox is the first feature film directed by Eliran Malka. Inspired by the unique formation story of Israel’s Shas political party. The film is a comic drama about events that reshaped Israeli society and continue to resonate today. Shuli Rand (Ushpizin) plays the lead role of Yaakov Cohen, a man who, in wanting a small change, transformed an entire country.
Film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.