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SFS Film Society Discussion – “Ushpizin”
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @7:30pm-8:30pm
To celebrate Sukkot, the SinaiFree Film Society will discuss “Ushpizin.”
Usphizin (“Guests”) was the first film made by members of Israel’s Haredi (strictly Orthodox) community in collaboration with secular filmmakers. The story begins on the eve of Sukkot. Moshe and Mali are baalei teshuva (“returnees to Judaism”) in Jerusalem’s Breslov Hasidic community. They are impoverished and childless, and in need of a miracle. After anguished prayer, they receive money from an unknown benefactor, a sukkah and a couple of unexpected guests. Their holiday turns into a test of Moshe’s past, their patience, and their faith.
The film can be streamed on Kanopy (free). It can be rented for $2.99 on Amazon, Microsoft, YouTube, Google Play and Apple TV, and $3.99 on Vudu. There are 10 DVDs in the Westchester Library System, and one DVD in the New York Public Library.