Keep Not Silent

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את שאהבה נפשי
Keep Not Silent (Ilil Alexander film).jpg
Directed byIlil Alexander
Written byILIL Alexander
Edited byOron Adar
Music byDJ E
Distributed byWomen Make Movies
Release date
Running time
52 minutes
LanguageHebrew & English

Keep Not Silent (Hebrew: את שאהבה נפשי, translit. Et Sheaava Nafshi) is a 2004 Israeli documentary film directed and produced by Ilil Alexander about three lesbians in Jerusalem. Ilil had just graduated from Tel-Aviv University Film School.[1]

It opened the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2004.[2][1] It won the Israeli Academy award for Best Documentary Film 2004 [2] and won numerous international awards in film festivals in Europe, North America, and the Far East, including best director, best documentary, audience awards, and others such as the DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival Award[2] and the Gerhald-Klein-Publikums-Preis of the 11th Jewish Film Festival of Berlin and Potsdam.[1]

Lesbianism is generally viewed as forbidden in Orthodox Judaism (see Homosexuality and Judaism). In Jerusalem, a number of Orthodox Jewish lesbians formed a group called OrthoDykes for mutual support and to learn the relevant issues in Jewish law. The film describes lives of three of them. One is Yudit, single and trying to have her same-sex marriage follow the Orthodox rules. Another is Miriam-Ester (pseudonym), who is married to a man and has ten children. She is suppressing her lesbian feelings in order to keep her marriage for religious reasons. Ruth, another married lesbian, keeps her marriage for the same reason, while her husband agrees to her seeing her lover regularly.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b c Adler, Sharon (6 July 2005). "Et Sheaava Nafshi - Keep Not Silent - Aviva - Berlin Online Magazin und Informationsportal für Frauen Interviews". Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Hartog, Kelly (17 September 2005). "Almost out of the closet - Jewish World - Jerusalem Post". (Jerusalem Post). Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ Sinclair, Nikki (4 April 2006). "Keep Not Silent - PinkNews · PinkNews". Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Keep Not Silent". Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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