|SHEKINAH: THE INTIMATE LIFE OF HASIDIC WOMEN MOVES MARYMOUNT STUDENTS|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 25, 2013- “There’s wisdom in tradition but much of that world is gone now.” In its search for excellence, Marymount Academy in NDG has made it tradition that students learn more about society by going out into it and discovering for themselves, asking questions and thinking. They do this through hands on experiences in the community, lectures at the school and by film. Marymount Academy offers “A World of Possibilities” to its students.
Alexandra: “Interesting lifestyles, my mother is very strict and this is similar but different in that it’s a faith and for my mom it’s what she believes in and I don’t necessarily agree but my mom knows what is best for me. The film was really really something...it hit me in the heart.
Denisha: “I think their freedom is limited and they don’t have much choice and they are still kids.”
During a question period at the end of the movie, Alexandra asked the director Abbey Jack Neidek: “Besides sharing your traditions with Gentiles what other message were you trying to send?” He replied: “ First, to show that in dividing us from them it’s easy to put others down, even to the point of extermination. I hope this film shows that humans have to ask questions and even question authority, otherwise division makes it easy to destroy other humans for being different and I hope this film shows that we share human values and to always question …even God.”
One of the Marymount girls, Sequoia, put it quite succinctly: “It was trying to tell you, do what you want to do, not what others tell you to do. Also, I thought it was inspiring that it is not your body that makes you beautiful, it’s the type of person that you are.”
The students were able to experience the film and discussion thanks to a grant from the EMSB Communications and Marketing Division’s Human Rights Fund.
Michael J. Cohen