USA, 2011, documentary
Director: Beverly Siegel
The struggles of six women to obtain a “get,” a Jewish divorce, are chronicled in this wry, informative primer on agunot, women trapped in dead marriages to spouses who refuse to grant them a religious divorce. There have been 462 agunot over the last five years in the US and Canada according to the recent North American Study of Agunot. Some of these women use expensive, risky and even outrageous tactics to break free of the emotional, legal and financial chains, while activists celebrate even the smallest progress in the painfully slow process of achieving justice for women within the tent of traditional Judaism. Interestingly, the film reveals the significance of the “get” issue to all Jews, not only the Orthodox.
POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH Beverly Siegel, Director; Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Ohev Shalom and Barbara Zakheim, founder of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse of Greater Washington