Keep Not Silent

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Keep Not Silent / OrthoDykes
את שאהבה נפשי
Keep Not Silent (Ilil Alexander film).jpg
Directed by Ilil Alexander
Written by ILIL Alexander
Music by DJ E
Edited by Oron Adar
Distributed by Women Make Movies
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Running time
52 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew & English

Keep Not Silent (Hebrew: את שאהבה נפשי‎, translit. Et Sheaava Nafshi) is a 2004 documentary film by Israeli director and producer Ilil Alexander about three lesbians in Jerusalem. It won the Israeli Academy award for Best Documentary Film 2004 and won numerous international awards in film Festivals in Europe, North America and the Far East, including best director, best doc, audience awards and others.

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.

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