The Return of Sarah’s Daughters
Directed by Marcia Jarmel
USA | 56 minutes | 1997
This provocative documentary delves into the private world of Orthodox Judaism to follow the journeys of three modern women. Rus, a social worker who was raised in a non-religious home, discovered a supportive community and sense of belonging in the Lubovitch community. There, she established a new network of friends and met her husband. Myriam, also raised in a secular home, was seduced by the security and romance of Orthodox religious observance. However, once Myriam began to explore her identity as a lesbian, she faced rejection and scorn and left Orthodoxy to become a rabbi. The filmmaker juxtaposes the lives of these two women with her own and questions the relevance of seemingly archaic laws. She struggles with her own identity as a Jewish woman in the conflict between assimilation and tradition.
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