Covenant (Brith)

A film about women, God and everything in between.

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Jewish Women and Gender Human Rights Identity

A Jewish fetus grows for nine months in its mother's womb. Eight days after the birth, her husband must circumcise him. The husband blesses, while the mother remains a distant spectator upon the covenant that is made between her son and her Maker. The moment, which in reality lasts for a number of seconds, is just a tip of the tension between faith, religion and religious law, between cultural conventions and the most basic feelings of a mother, who in any other case would give her life to prevent her son from being hurt. The film focuses on the eight days between birth and circumcision, a week in which powerful emotions bring women to the heights of joy and the depths of pain, in which the extremities of the relationships with God are found. God who takes part in the creation, who determines one's fate, who is closer and further away than ever. Is there a way for a woman to worship her God? To love her God? To be angry at him? Covenant is a film about women, God and all that's in between.

A film by Nurit Jacobs Yinon

Festivals: 
Best documentary film of Religion Today International film festival, Trento, Italy, 2006 
Jersey Shore Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007
Nazareth International Human Rights Film Festival, Israel, 2006 
Dickinson College, USA, 2007
Austin Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007
Delray Beach Film Festival, USA, 2007
Nazareth International Human Rights Film Festival, Israel, 2006
Religion Today International Film Festival, Trento, Italy, 2006 
Holy Land in the Heartland, USA, 2006 
Sesily International Film Festival, Georgia, USA, 2006 
Warsaw Jewish Motifs Film Festival, Poland, 2006 
The Jewish Experience Section – The Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2005

Director: Nurit Jacobs Yinon

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