God’s Neighbors (Ha-Mashgihim) by Meni Yaesh (Israel, 2012, 101 min.). In Meni Yaesh’s provocative drama, Avi (Roy Assaf) and his testosterone-fueled gang of Orthodox extremists terrorize Tel Aviv’s Bat Yam neighborhood, berating immodestly clothed women, harassing store owners who do not observe Shabbat, and bloodying Arabs who stray onto their turf. Avi begins to question his behavior when beautiful, independent Miri (Rotem Zisman-Cohen) moves into the neighborhood. Winner of major prizes at the Cannes and Jerusalem film festivals and two Israeli Academy Awards for acting. In Hebrew with English subtitles.
“As forceful as a kick in the jaw, God’s Neighbors represents a sharp rebuke of bigotry and male aggression perpetrated under the banner of religious orthodoxy.” –Variety
Please use the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance for this screening.