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The Film “Gett”  

The Film “Gett”

The film “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem” is the third in a trilogy by the siblings Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. In all three films, the main character is Vivian, a woman who is going through a marital crisis, (played by the director Ronit Elkabetz).

The film “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem” is worth seeing, primarily because it conveys a message worth listening to. A woman asks for a “gett” due to emotional alienation, a lack of emotion in her marriage. As a woman who believes in Jewish tradition, she turns to the rabbinical court and requests to be freed from her marriage in the traditional way, which is via a divorce document, a “gett”. To the woman’s sorrow, her husband does not cooperate. She is left a “mesurevet gett”, a woman who is refused a gett, and only after five years of requests and pleas does she receive the long-awaited gett. The rabbis in the rabbinical court are not willing to help the woman by forcing her husband to comply, and they are completely oblivious to the desperate woman’s pain, grief, and suffering.

I wholeheartedly recommend seeing the film. In my opinion, the film demonstrates that a woman's rights are a community matter, and not just a personal matter for the woman requesting a divorce. Her brother and her closest friends do not support her, the rabbinical establishment insists on an explanation of why the woman wants a divorce and does not accept her explanation, and her lawyer doesn’t help her find a solution. Without a supportive community, the woman appears miserable and helpless. There is no one who can help her.

This film is a piece of art. It was chosen as the best film of the year and won the Ophir Award – and rightly so. It is doing very well and is being screened around the world.

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