Limor Livnat meets fledgling filmmakers 390.
(photo credit: Meged Gozani)
Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat met on Tuesday with 12 haredi women who
in recent years began to write, produce, direct and shoot films, and who have
now been chosen to take part in a project promoting film in the ultra- Orthodox
The project, the brainchild of the ministry as well as the Gesher
Multicultural Film Fund, is part of the ministry’s flagship program “Providing a
Platform,” to encourage and strengthen cultural activities in the geographic and
“This is an exciting, innovative and groundbreaking
project designed to promote and integrate haredi women into Israeli
film-making,” Livnat said. “It’s not well known that despite the current
background of radicalization among some sections of the haredi community, there
are courageous women who have chosen to realize their potential and adopt cinema
as a way of life, despite social conventions.”
The common denominator of
the women with whom Livnat met was their desire to produce movies despite the
complex social problems that face them in this goal.
The project was born
out of the need to provide them the right tools and to improve the professional
quality of their films.
“I am convinced that the coming to together of
creative haredi women with the professionals of the Gesher Fund will be
beneficial for both sides, Livnat added. “But there’s no doubt that the primary
beneficiary will be Israeli culture which is becoming better and stronger, more
vivid and more colorful.”
She emphasized that the project was not a small
workshop but “real cinema,” although the movies that are produced are most
frequently meant for the female haredi public, and men are generally prohibited
from watching them for reasons of modesty.
The 12 women selected to
participate in the program will receive development grants for their films along
with professional assistance and personal mentoring from experts in the Israeli
The women come mostly from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak and
from a variety of haredi backgrounds, both Lithuanian and hassidic, and are
often given specific leniencies by rabbis to enter into the profession.