The Hyderabad Film Club is organising an Israeli Film Festival, from 25th to 28 July, at the Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet. The screenings include three award winning films and four documentaries. Today, the second day, a documentary, Keep Not Silent, directed by Ilil Alexander, will be the first film to be screened, at 6:30pm.
The documentary has won many awards, including the Audience Award at the Berlin International Jewish Film Festival, the Best Feature Documentary Award and the Best Director Award at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, the Best First Feature Documentary at the Mumbai International Film Festival, and the Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary and Best First Feature Documentary.
Ilil Alexander's stunning debut film boldly documents the clandestine struggle of three women fighting for their right to love within their beloved orthodox communities in Jerusalem. All three are pious, religiously committed women. However, all three are lesbians, and members of a secret support group called the "Ortho-Dykes". Though their life choices exact a devastating price, these women are committed to confronting their duality, and accept the toll with a profound compassion towards their society.
Miriam-Ester fights her aversion to a man's touch for the sake of her family and ten children, while Ruth's husband shockingly permits his wife to see her female lover twice a week. Yudith, a Rabbi's daughter, declares her sexuality openly as she believes "lies are the worst sin on earth".
Ingenious cinematic techniques underscore the excruciating pain of constant self-suppression, and provide the anonymity necessary for these women to continue living in their communities. Their courageous fight for self-realization, honesty and acceptance is an extraordinary model for those who struggle with issues of religious and sexual identity.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.