NIF Film Club: The Kosher Beach

1 July 2020

The beautiful coastline of Tel Aviv draws devoted beachgoers eager to find peace and relaxation in the Mediterranean. Among these are residents of Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox city, who frequent a gender-segregated stretch of seaside, closed off to the neighboring gay beaches with a modesty fence. Karin Kainer’s insightful and often humorous film explores the importance of this kosher beach, even defying the wishes of rabbis fearful of the beach’s “immorality.”

NIF Film Club discussed this film with NIF’s VP of Public Engagement Libby Lenkinski and director Karin Kainer.

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photo of film director Karin KainerKarin Kainer is an award-winning documentary film director and photographer. Her films have been screened internationally in theaters and on television including Rinascita (2011) – winner Haifa Film Festival, Das iz der valt (2010) – Docu-Challenge winner at Docaviv Film Festival, SKATE OF MIND (2010) – winner at LAMA Film Festival Los Angeles, Jerusalem Film Festival Official Selection , Triaste Film Festival Florence, FIPA film festival Biarritz, Knowledge Network Canada, Al Jazeera, Brazil, Argentina, France 4, Abuja, Lagos (2009), South Wind on Hilton Beach (2007) –  Haifa Film Festival Official Selection, Hotdocs Toronto, and The Mann Auditorium (2006) – International Student Film Festival Official Selection.

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