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Extremely rare insight in the role of a Hasidic woman, featuring a mother-daughter team who live in North London.
Documentary 2000 12 mins
Simcha (meaning Happiness) explores the closed world of Hasidic women through the life stories of a powerful mother/daughter team who live in the Jewish ultra-orthodox community of North London. It shows Ita and Hindi in the workplace and at home preparing the shabbos meal - depict the crucial role of the woman in Hasidic religious life and nurturing Jewish identity. A passionate and unusually frank commentary.
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