The New Black (Shababniks) Program 1

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The New Black (Shababniks) Program 1

April 2, 7:00 Opening Night with RECEPTION

“Funny, whimsical, and cutting…. Stylistically, Malka trades soft-lens nostalgia for Tarantinoesque dark, even violent, comedy.” (Tablet)

The Israeli TV series The New Black (Shababniks) swept the comedy prizes at the 2018 Israeli Academy for Film and Television Awards, winning Best Series, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor. The story begins with three rebellious roommates—shababniks, Hebrew slang for Haredi youth who are not quite on the path—in a Jerusalem yeshiva. The guys take the brilliant-but-geeky Geydalya under their wings, bringing him along on their adventures in the shopping mall and drinking double espressos in a non-kosher café downtown. There are no tortured heroes or heartbreaks in The New Black. Instead, what you’ll find are yeshiva bad boys involved in Western life, dressing well, smoking cigarettes, and contemplating how to get rich while studying the Talmud.

JOIN US FOR ALL THREE PROGRAMS! As a thank you, have a small popcorn on us when you come for Program 3. Just show your ticket at the concession stand.

Tickets: $11 (members), $16 (nonmembers)

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photo credit: Ohad Romano


Opening Night w/ RECEPTION
Tuesday, Apr. 2 2019, 7:00
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For opening night of WJFF year we’re doing something a little different, something to open the festival with a bigger, more inclusive bang—we’re opening with not one, but two programs in two separate theaters!  The first film is You Only Die Twice, the New York premiere of a brilliant and timely documentary, a mystery that will keep you guessing throughout. And the second is not a film but the first four episodes of the new hit comedy series from Israel about the Haredim called The New Black (Shababniks). And we’ll all exchange notes about both at the reception afterwards (yes, this year with kosher wine.) —Brian Ackerman

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2019 series.

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