The Unorthodox


West Newton Cinema Thu, Feb 14, 2019 7:00 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Eliran Malka
Language:Hebrew and Yiddish with subtitles
Running Time:99 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere




It’s 1983 and the religious party in Israel is led by the Ashkenazi elite. Yakov Cohen (Shuli Rand, Ushpizin), a Mizrahi printer in Jerusalem, doesn’t have money, connections, or political experience, but after his daughter is expelled from an Ashkenazi yeshiva, he decides that things need to change. Yakov’s campaign is informal but with the help of two friends, a great sense of humor and a whole lot of determination, he is going to build a new political party from the bottom up. Directed by the creator of Shababnikim, The Unorthodox is a fictionalized account of the creation of Israel’s Shas party.


In Person Q&A with producer Keren Michael