Paula Eiselt Reveals How She Gained the Trust of Brooklyn’s Hasidic Community in ’93Queen’ — Watch

More than five years in the making, Paula Eiselt’s feature debut is a labor of love about a group of Hasidic women in Brooklyn trying to form the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York. “93Queen” required her to film more than 200 hours of footage over four years straight — by herself.

Getting that level of access into the Hasidic community as a non-Hasidic person is unheard of, but Eiselt is Orthodox Jewish and understands the Hasid’s modesty laws and their customs. She earned the trust of her main subject, Rachel “Ruchie” Freier.

“There’s a lot I can relate to with these women,” she said at a Q&A following a showing of her film at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series in Los Angeles. “I can give them a voice and get access because of my background.”

Ruchie was key to gaining the appropriate access to the women,
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