Host a Movie Night
Hosting a movie night is a great way to educate your community about the work of the Israel Religious Action Center and the issues that are important to you. Look over our recommended list of movies that closely tie in with IRAC's work. Then, review our facilitator's guide below.
Have a film in mind that is not on our list? Be sure to let us know!
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
An Israeli woman seeking to finalize her divorce from her cruel and manipulative husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country's religiously-based marriage laws. In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only rabbis can legalize a marriage or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband's full consent. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and where everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
Trailer, Ratings, and Reviews
The Women's Balcony
A comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism. The women of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultratraditionalist beliefs, while raising money to repair the "women's balcony" in the synagogue.
Trailer, Ratings, and Reviews
Choose a movie that will generate dialogue and resonate with your audience. Watch the movie first to be sure that it is appropriate for your audience and that it meets your goals.
Pick a location and consider the technological logistics. What kind of space and equipment will you need?
Food: Will you be serving dinner? Snacks? Pizza? Popcorn?
Invite friends, family, and co-workers to your event. Be sure to tell them the purpose of the movie night is to learn about and discuss issues in Israeli Society and the work of the Israel Religious Action Center.
Before the movie:
Print and display IRAC materials such as related handouts and one pagers to help provide your guests with background information on the topic. Be sure to have read them beforehand in order to reference them later in the discussion.
Introduce IRAC and the movie and any key points you want people to think about while watching.
Discussion after the movie (30 min):
1. At the end of the film, pass out slips of paper and pens and allow participants to write down their thoughts and questions. After a couple of minutes, collect the slips for later use in the discussion.
2. Begin the discussion by asking for initial comments, reactions, or questions about the film.
3. General questions:
-What new information did you learn from the movie?
-Do you have a personal experience that motivated you to care about the issues tackled in the movie?
-What did you like best or least about the movie?
-What message do you take away from the movie?
4. Look through the slips of paper and choose some points to continue the discussion.
Thank your guests for attending, invite them to visit our website, irac.org, and to subscribe to our newsletter to support or learn more about our work.
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