'Black Bus': The Pain of Defecting from the Fold

By Toby Perl Freilich

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2012

Anat Zuria's spare, eloquent and moving new film, "Black Bus," is sure to fuel the roiling controversy over extreme gender segregation within Israeli ultra-Orthodox sectors. The conflict has provoked embarrassing comparisons between Jerusalem and Teheran, and sparked a critical debate on the tensions inherent in a free society's commitment to protect cultural as well as individual rights. In Israel, where for decades scantily dressed women venturing into certain Haredi neighborhoods could expect a sharp rebuke, the clash of differing codes of modesty is not new. What is new is its spillover into the civic sphere, where female images gradually began disappearing from billboards across Jerusalem, and women have been denied the podium at governmental ceremonies featuring ultra-Orthodox ministers.

Topic: Movies, Political Behavior, Gender, Film, Prejudice, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Discrimination, Politics

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.689

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Freilich, Toby Perl. 'Black Bus': The Pain of Defecting from the Fold. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13925


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