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"Gett" Screening & Discussion on Israeli Marriage Law

  • Columbia University 1190 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents

Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem

(2014 Golden Globe Nominee; Israel's Oscar Entry)

with a discussion on Israeli marriage law by

Rabbi Yaffa Epstein, Esq.

(Director of Education, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies)


Wednesday, October 14


501 Schermerhorn Hall

Refreshments will be served

RSVPs to are appreciated



Synopsis: An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz.  In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Winner of the Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture and propelled by the craft of Ronit Elkabetz ("Late Marriage", "The Band's Visit"), one of Israeli cinema’s most acclaimed actresses, "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" is an uncompromising, heart-rending portrait of a woman’s struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchy and live a life of her own design. (115 minutes)