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Arranged / Cicala Filmworks presents ; story by Stefan Schaefer, Yuta Silverman ; written by Stefan Schaefer ; produced and directed by Diane Crespo, Stefan Schaefer.

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  • Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Film Movement, [2010]

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General Note:
Downloadable video file.
Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 1, 2010).
Originally produced in 2007.
Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by OverDrive; access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Executive producers, Andrew Lund, Yuta Silverman ; edited by Erin Greenwell ; director of photography, Dan Hersey ; music, Sohrab Habibion, Michael Hampton.
Participant or Performer Note:
Zoe Lister-Jones, Francis Benhamou, Doris Belack, Mimi Lieber, Daniel London, Laith Nakli, Alysia Reiner, John Rothman, Alison Becker, David Castro, Sanuit De Silva, Peggy Gormley, Jason Liebman, Arian Moayed, Jake Robards, Gina Shmukler, Marcia Jean Kurtz.
Summary, etc.:
Arranged: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. A young Orthodox woman, Rochel Meshenberg, is about to begin her first year as a special education teacher at the local public school. She is also about to begin the process of finding a husband via the time-tested method of using a "shadchen," or matchmaker. As the school year gets underway, Rochel meets Nasira Khaldi, a Muslim woman of Syrian descent. Nasira is also a first-year teacher. The two young women - Rochel in long skirt and conservative blouse, Nasira in headscarf - stand out in this public school context. The principal is forever reminding them that although they are some of her smartest, most gifted teachers, they are also stunted by their outmoded customs, religions, and by their patriarchal worldviews. As the school year progresses, Rochel and Nasira realize they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through what the outside world calls "arranged marriages." They develop a friendship that transcends their insular Brooklyn communities and the religions that seem so at odds and, as their friendship deepens, they are exposed to each other's worlds.
Target Audience Note:
Age group: NR.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Also available as DVD; previously issued as RB Media DV060.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: OverDrive Media Console (file size: 482600KB).
Awards Note:
Berkshire International Film Festival, Audience Award, 2007; Brooklyn International Film Festival, Grand Chamaleon Award, Best Narrative Feature, 2007.
Subject: Arranged marriage > New York (State) > New York > Drama.
Friendship > New York (State) > New York > Drama.
Jewish women > New York (State) > New York > Drama.
Muslim women > New York (State) > New York > Drama.
Teachers > New York (State) > New York > Drama.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) > Drama.
Genre: Feature films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.

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