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Sentenced to Marriage (2004)
"Mekudeshet" (original title)

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Three young married women are trapped by the religious courts. They can't get a divorce because for the court to grant one they need their husband's consent. They don't know when they will ... See full summary »

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Three young married women are trapped by the religious courts. They can't get a divorce because for the court to grant one they need their husband's consent. They don't know when they will be set free because the date of their release depends on their husband's whim. They are forbidden relationships because a married woman is forbidden to another man. They are condemned to be barren, as a married woman is forbidden to bear another's child. Their voices are silenced because they are young anonymous women whose pain and suffering is embedded in the law of a democratic country in the 21st century. The film follows Tamar, Sari and Smadar's Kafkaesque struggle over a period of two years. Each of these three young women is doing all she can to obtain a divorce with the help of a group of female orthodox rabbinical advocates. Written by Amithos Films

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14 September 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movies follows Jewish women in their pursuit of divorce... something which seems virtually impossible in the non-secular state of Israel. The film itself gives a good picture of the gender inequalities that are manifested in the power abuse in the name of religion. Without claiming to be an expert in the Bible or the Torah, one can easily notice the massive abuse of power in the name of a higher teaching. Women having to buy their way out of marriages, women being left to raise many children by themselves, and women getting restrictions on who they can and cannot see or meet. It is all dictated by a fascist Rabbi-court, which is portrayed as a mandatory ruling institution for all Jews. One has to ask the question: What about the non-Jews of Israel? Which court decides those faiths? And what about juridical equality? The movie itself is a fairly well paced composition. Nothing out of the ordinary. The 65 minute film makes you wish for nothing more, nothing less. As a documentary it is good. It is about the message and not about production splendor. I thank Anat Zuria for giving me this valuable perspective, and it gives me all the more reason, as a man, to fight gender inequalities (and any other type of religious dogmatic behavior). Can't wait to get a hold of "Purity".


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