Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Film Review: "Arranged" A Film for Everyone to See

By Eric Green


Film Movement
Produced and Directed by Diane Crespo and Stefan Schaefer
Story by Stefan Schaefer and Yuta Silverman
Screenplay by Stefan Schaefer

This is one of those rare films that deserves the description, "the little movie that should/just might move millions." It is a film for all ages, backgrounds and especially those needing a boost for world peace and friendship.

The subhead of the film says: "Friendship Has No Religion."

The screenplay coupled with the remarkably casting decisions is amazing. Include a great job of film editing and photography and you have a great 90-minute film that should be seen by commercial audiences and then become the teaching material for public and parochial schools across the country. I am sure the creaters of the film were tempted to do more, I am glad they kept it the hour and half.

The description of the film does the best job:

"Rochel is an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira a Muslim of Syrian origin. They meet as young teachers at a public school in Brooklyn, ad find out they are both going through the process of getting 'arranged marriages' through their respective religions. With both families pressure on the one hand, and the rejection of traditional values by the outside world on the other, they will rely on each other and their friendship to pull through this difficult time of their lives. They will eventually prove to everyone around them that they can be strong women in charge of their own happiness, while keeping their deep religious and cultural convictions. Most importantly, thy will show the world that friendship doesn't discriminate."

This will not be easy film to find. In NYC it is being shown at the Quad on 13th Street. But its last day is in early January.

If you agree that this film needs to be seen, go to the website and see what you can do.

Of course, a DVD will be available.

Cast and Crew:
Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones as Rochel
Starring: Francis Benhamou as Nasira
Supporting: John Rothman as Matan
Supporting: Mimi Lieber as Sheli
Director: Diane Crespo
Director: Stefan C. Schaefer
Writer: Stefan C. Schaefer
Producer: Diane Crespo
Producer: Stefan C. Schaefer
Director of Photography: Dan Hersey
Production Designer: Keren Kohen
Editor: Erin Greenwell
Music: Sohrab Habibion
Music: Michael Hampton

They all deserve to be cited and thanked for a great work of art.

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