Family Matters Directed
Noa Roth Israel / 2015 / 67 minutes North American Premiere
In Hebrew with English subtitles
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Deep family secrets and heartfelt attempts to heal broken relationships are the crux of this moving documentary about the little known world of the extreme orthodox Jewish population. Directed by Noa Roth, Family Matters is her unflinching journey of self discovery as she tells the story of how, 30 years ago, the divorce of her parents shook the religious Israeli city of Bney Barak and affected the lives of their seven children. Her father was an esteemed rabbi; after she left with the children, her mother became a renowned author. The film follows a family divided between the conflicting worlds of the ultra-orthodox and the secular. Roth bravely travels among the ghosts of her childhood in an attempt to reunite her fractured family and, finally, start one of her own. Told with respect and love for both worlds, Family Matters is a testament to self-empowerment and the deep-seated force of religious life.
Noa Roth holds an MFA in film directing and a BA in Educational Theater from Tel Aviv University. Her debut documentary film Sore, which addressed the process of Jewish conversion, was shown in cinemas throughout Israel and aired on YES, Israeli television, as did her current film Family Matters, which won the Audience Favorite award at the Doc-Aviv film festival in 2015. Noa has worked as a production manager and researcher for several Israeli documentaries, including So Herzl Said, Gevalt, Lod Bypass, Dangerous Children, and others. She also instructs and plays in playback theatrical groups, and directs and manages community theater for children, adolescents and retirees.
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