Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Wednesday, October 14 • 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a film with panel discussion afterward.
In this powerhouse courtroom drama, an Israeli woman, seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband, finds herself effectively put on trial because of the country’s religious marriage laws. In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. This official Israeli submission for the Oscar, with a powerful performance by co-director Ronit Elkabetz, exposes the in-equality and dysfunction of the archaic practice of the gett.