Wednesday, March 8, 2023

NJJFF 2023 - Spotlight Film: "Where Life Begins" Preview


Thursday, March 16, 7:00PM
JCC MetroWest's Maurice Levine Theater
760 Northfield Ave., West Orange

A pre-film reception with Italian appetizers will start at 6:15pm

A Haredi rabbi and his family from Aix-les-Bains, France, travel to a farm in Calabria, Italy, every year to carry out a sacred mission: harvesting etrogs (citrons) for the holiday of Sukkot. Elio, the farm’s restless owner, meets Esther, the rabbi’s daughter, who is beginning to feel constrained by the rules and expectations of her religious tradition. Through their tentative friendship, Esther and Elio find peace, companionship, and a sense of direction for their futures. This gentle drama depicts Haredi life accurately and respectfully and makes gorgeous use of its bucolic Italian setting (a refreshing change of scenery from wintry New Jersey).