Sacred focuses on two sisters, whose lives are torn apart by the heartless strictures of an uncompromising Rabbi. Directed by Amos Gitai, Sacred is the story of sisters Malka and Rivka, living in an orthodox area of Jerusalem. Rivka has been married to Meir, but the local Rabbi dictates that Meir must leave Rivka and marry Haya. He also asks Malka to marry his helper, Yossef. Rivka moves out of the house and buries herself in her misery, but Malka decides to rebel.
Filmed in just a few weeks, the film presents a powerful and provocative message: for women trapped in the traditions of the orthodox Jewish religion, escape is the only way out. Though originally prevented from releasing in Israel, Sacred has won numerous awards world-wide, including the Singapore 2000 Silver Screen For Best Asian Screenplay and the Cannes '99 Official Selection Award.