Modern day, Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. In the age of the internet, among the trendy clubs and cafes of the Big Apple, art galleries and overcrowded shopping centers full of the latest seasonal fashion, there is a claustrophobic, orthodox Hasidic community.
They communicate only in Yiddish, do not use mobile phones, internet, do not watch TV, live according to their orthodox, religious traditions.
For hasidic people, religion is life. It is Torah and the Talmud that control every aspect of their life, from clothing to the way they cook meals, home décor, family, social and marital relationships, bringing up children, their leisure time, and imposing a strict rules separate for men and women. Men have incomparably more privileged position to women who are deprived of the right to education and self-development and have been objectified and brought to the role of slaves and housewives. Dominant men, submissive women.
At the first glance, this machine works smoothly, but we get to know one loose cog, that starts to move independently, destroying the harmony of the surrounding mechanism. This cog is Esty, a 19-year-old girl who is fed up with the role imposed on her by old scriptures and judging rabbis. From an early age, she has been taught that God required her to start a family and give birth to a large group of descendants who would rebuild their nation and society after World War II. At the beginning Esty is sure that this is the right way, and the only way to live and her duty is to become a wife and mother, give birth to children and meet all the needs of her husband, but then she quickly discovers that the world and life is filled with many promises and opportunities.
Author: Selina Salomon