Join A Wider Bridge, The Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival, the Contra Costa JCC and Eshel, for viewing the trailblazing Israeli documentary Marry Me, However, and a for a panel conversation with the movie director, Rabbi Mordechai Vardi, Avigail Sperber, the founder of Bat Kol - Religious Lesbian Organization and Motti Salzberg, member of Eshel and of the New York religious LGBTQ community.
Marry Me, However, tells the story of LGBT men and women who, for religious reasons, decided to marry against their own sexual orientation, to comply with Torah laws and be accepted into their families and religious communities. Some shared their secret with their partners, some kept it hidden, and some lied even to themselves. After their divorces, they confront the conflicts they repressed: their faith and religious laws; children, family, and community; exposure to society and search for a partner. The characters experience a journey of self-acceptance and social activism, as they try to affect a change in their religious environments.
Free online viewing of the movie will be available between January 19, 9:00 am - January 21, 10:00 pm PT. To register and receive the viewing link please visit: https://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org/event-details/marry-me-however. Space is limited!
This program is part of A WIDER LENS, a series of events looking into the Israeli LGBTQ community, diverse society, and rich culture through A Wider Lens of experiences, including trailblazing Israeli documentaries, culinary workshops led by Israeli Chefs, and meaningful conversations with local heroes and activists.