As a a part of its Interfaith Educational Programming, ICC co-hosted the screening of the film, “Arranged”. A story about the friendship of two young female teachers in New York City– an Orthodox Jew and a traditional Muslim, the film poignantly depicts the journey of two women getting “arranged marriages” while striving to be in charge of their own happiness within the context of their deep religious and cultural convictions. The discussion was facilitated by Alex Patico, of the North American Secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
About JIDS the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS):
Since 2009, JIDS has been bringing Jews and Muslims together for monthly dialogues to build understandings between the two faith communities. JIDS encourages members of all mosques and synagogues to participate in their frank and friendly exchanges. For more information about JIDS: www.jids.org.
About The Same Boat: This month’s dialogue is co-sponsored by The Same Boat is an intercultural organization formed to combat Islamophobia.
Synopsis of Arranged (2007):
Rachel is an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira a Muslim of Syrian origin. They are both young teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. They also have something else in common — they are going through the process of getting “arranged marriages” through their respective religious and traditional customs. With both family pressure on the one hand, and the rejection of traditional values by the outside world on the other, Rachel and Nasira will have to rely on each other and their friendship to pull through this difficult time of their lives, striving to be strong women in charge of their own happiness, while keeping their deep religious and cultural convictions.” For more information about the film: www.arrangedthemovie.com.