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Friday Film: Women’s Only Screening in Jerusalem

Director Robin Garbose and the Cast of ‘The Heart that Sings’ at the World Premiere at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on March 27, 2011.

Orthodox director Robin Garbose is at it again. First she made history four years ago with a red carpet premiere of her movie musical “A Light for Greytowers” in Los Angeles. Modestly clad Orthodox girls and women filled Paramount Studio’s lot at the Sherry Lansing Theater, many attending a movie for the first time.

Last week, during Hanukkah, Garbose again proved that Jewish religious art can prevail with the women-only premiere of her second film, “The Heart that Sings,” at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. It also screened over the holiday at venues across Israel to both religious and non-religious female crowds.

It is the first time the festival screened a Haredi film and invited only women, possibly insulting male moviegoers. Three years ago the festival withdrew “Greytowers” based on the women-only restriction, for fear of discriminating against male patrons. In response, Garbose held protest screenings at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center located across the street from the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

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