Happy Purim

Directed by: Ori Gruder
60 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Wed 30th Sep 21:30
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 4
Fri 2nd Oct 15:00
2nd Screening

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Purim is the happiest day in the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the day when, back in the ancient Persian Empire, the Jewish people were saved from slaughter. It is a time for celebration, sharing joy and giving back to those less fortunate. Ultra-Orthodox Jews are famously as strict about observing the rules of their faith as they are defiant to modernity, yet for this film they let the cameras explore their celebration with enthusiasm. The film follows a diverse cross-section of society - from the charity workers helping the poor, to the rabbis preparing to read the Book of Esther and the women preparing the food and drinks – giving us a deep insight into what makes Purim so special to the Jewish community. This documentary is a fascinating exploration of a key moment in Jewish life, both spiritually and socially. Director Ori Gruder, an ultra-Orthodox Jew himself, shows how deference towards the rites blends with daily secular life, and his insider’s voice makes us feel like we’re invited at the table with everyone else.
Original Title
60 min
Ori Gruder
Ori Gruder
Oded Farber
Or Yashar
Ori Gruder
Ori Gruder
Rabbi Motta Frank
Rabbi Yirmi Damen
Rebbetzin Tzvia Elyahu
Screening Status
European Premiere