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Sentenced to Marriage may seem like a contentious title, but upon seeing this documentary, you will understand why it is titled so. The film starts with the scene of a very happy wedding. Five years later, the bride appears in court to file for a divorce. Since Israeli law states that divorce is only valid when her husband consents under the jurisdiction of a rabbi (which was enacted in 1953), women who want to divorce desperately continue to struggle against this law. This documentary illustrates the struggle of three women who want to get a divorce. Wives barely make husbands who have even his concubine enjoying their rights on a guarantee of religion stand at the bar but there are only rabbi’s unilateral sermons toward the wives. They ejaculate the painful outcries outside the court and shout that they will pay money if divorce is possible. They even make a rapid on the husband’s flirtatious scene to get a divorce. It is doubtful whether the country is democratic in the 21st century.
Can we take pity on these women, though? Considering that we still live in a country that, even after the recent abrogation of the system, people insist on keeping the male-dominated family registration system. This film attempts to persuade the audiences that it is urgent to continuously mention the injustice and disturbance of these women’s rights. (Jenna Ku)
Anat ZuriaAnat Zuria
Anat Zuria graduated from Ramat Hasharon Arts College as well as the Ma’ale School of Communications, Israel. She has worked as a writer for various magazines focused on arts and Judaism. She also has created many works of visual art, which have been exhibited in distinguished galleries in Israel and worldwide. She directed and edited Klachi in the Holyland (1999) and wrote and directed Purity (2002). Both films were invited to and awarded at several international film festivals.