Dir. Alon Zingman (110min, Israel, 2013)
In Hebrew and Yiddish with English Subtitles
TV Narrative
US Premiere

The new Israeli hit TV series Shtisel – from the producers of the beloved series Srugim – focuses on a Haredi family living in Jerusalem.

Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. A year has passed since mother died. All the other children have left the nest, and only Shulam and Akiva remain - quarreling, making up, and laughing. All will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. Shtisel is a magical glimpse into an often closed-off world, overflowing with surprisingly poignant, if restrained, romanticism.

We will be showing the first 3 episodes.

Co-Presented by Washington DC Hebraists

Alon Zingman is a film and TV director and writer. He holds an MFA from the film and television department of Tel Aviv University. During his undergraduate studies Zingman wrote and directed the short film "Toothache," starring Guy Loel and Dana Ivgy. The film won the Wolgin Award for Best Short Film at the 2000 Jerusalem Festival. During 2010 Alon wrote and directed his feature debut "Dusk," which won the Best Debut Award at the Haifa International Film Festival in 2010, and the Ecumenical Award at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival 2011, as well as the Recommendations of Cinema Owners Award.

Please note the above trailer has Hebrew subtitles. The screening of Shtisel will be in Hebrew with English subtitles.


Sunday, March 2, 2:00 pm
Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec Street NW
Washington, DC

Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW at I Street
Washington, DC


"What is interesting about this summer’s gentle, sensitive compelling romantic hit series in Israel is that it takes place in a pocket of modern life where the strict rules still prevail: where you can’t fall in love and marry just anyone, where seeking real personal fulfillment is still often risky and daring."
-Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz


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