Another event organized around International Women’s Day was the screening of the film Eshet Chayil (Women of Valor) to diplomats and public leaders at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on March 3, 2022. The event was organized by the American Embassy in Israel. In this film, Anna Somershef tells the story of Nivcharot, and documents the journey of its founder Esty Shushan, and other activists as they fight for equality and representation in their patriarchal community. The film explores many controversial issues such as marriage and divorce; sexual abuse; service in the IDF; and exclusion of women from the public space.
Stephanie Baric, senior consultant to UNICEF and Jonathan Shrier, Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy, provided opening remarks. Stephanie later posted the following on FB: Esty is one of the most courageous women I’ve had the honor to meet (and I’ve met a lot of courageous women). She is a living example of Maya Angelou’s words, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
Two additional screenings of Women of Valor :
Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem: April 5, 2022
Holland: Movies that Matter Festival (April 8-16, 2022):
The movie will be screened four 4 times during this festival in three different venues in Hague.