Black Bus

75 Minutes, 2009
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Directed by: Anat Zuria
Production:Anat Zuria, Sigal Landesberg
Production Company:ענת צוריה, סיגל לנדסברג
Photographer: Roni Katzanelson
Original Music: Alex Claude
Language: Hebrew
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Black Bus is the third and final instalment in documentary filmmaker Anat Zuria’s trilogy where she delves into various aspects of womanhood and the female experience in ultraorthodox Jewish society and explores a range of topics very much seen as taboo in these circles. The film, which starts with the original Hebrew title, Unruly, and a portrait of a woman in a nightie, tackles gender segregation in ultraorthodox society through protagonists, Shulamit and Sarah’s attempts to capture a world they both had escaped.
Shulamit is a photographer who steps into the ‘lions’ den’ and documents gender segregation in action on public transport, where women are only assigned the rear end of the bus. Sarah is a blogger who writes about ultraorthodox women’s lives; women who long for love and attention in a society where they are woefully discriminated against. Both women, having grown up in Hassidic families, break through the barriers and chronicle the oppression, for which they pay a heavy price.
Black Bus won Best Documentary at the Haifa International Film festival and was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival and a range of other competitions.

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