WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Dirs. Ronit ElkabetzShlomi Elkabetz | 115 min
France, Germany, Israel
HebrewFrench with English subtitles
Presented as part of Jewish Identity Through Film: Screenings and Dialogues led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.
Israel’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is a dramatic adaptation of a harrowing true story set in a Mizrahi Orthodox enclave in Israel.
The eponymous heroine has spent five years in a stalemate fighting for a divorce that, according to religious law, requires her husband’s full consent. As he continues to refuse, Viviane fears that her life may never proceed freely, and the courtroom struggles grow increasingly surreal. Ronit Elkabetz (who co-directed with her brother) delivers an unforgettable performance in the lead role.
Followed by a conversation led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.
“Raises questions about the role Orthodox Jews play in Israel, and their effects on Jews everywhere. It makes one wonder, what can be done, to move forward rather than merely express outrage?” – Professor Amitai Etzioni
Sunday, November 103:00 PM Pay-What-You-Choose
After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House from 1979-1980. In 1980, Dr. Etzioni was named the first University Professor at The George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organization’s quarterly journal, from 1991-2004. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the “guru” of the communitarian movement.