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Enlightening, engaging…Personalizes the often faceless tussle between secular and religious ways of life.
             —LA Weekly
The Return of Sarah's Daughters

60 MINUTES, COLOR, DVD & VHS
  A story of three secular women’s journey into the Orthodox Jewish world. As they grapple or embrace, their experiences throw pat answers about tradition, community, and meaning into relief. 


AWARDS

CINE Golden Eagle

Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network

1st Place, Magnes Museum Jewish Video Competition


LINKS

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Women in Judiasm Journal

New York Times Online

The Jewish News Weekly


REVIEWS

Warm and compelling. . .
 
              —Kevin Thomas, LA Times

Gives us neither stereotypes nor mush headed proselytizing … A very personal and generous film about the search for meaning.
              — San Francisco Weekly

With intelligence, sympathy, nuance and grace, Sarah’s Daughters raises provocative questions about the complexity of contemporary women's lives and options. This film will help us teach all of our daughters how to search for a meaningful life of their own.
              — Judith Stacey, Contemporary Gender Studies, USC

One of the most sensitive, judicious, and nuanced explorations of the women’s relationships to Judaism. . . . it raises questions, invites sympathy, and leaves open space for conversation.
              — Lori Lefkowitz, Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender  Studies

This is about real people with complicated lives—like all of us—who demonstrate that making religious choices hardly ever comes with total certainty and without regrets. . . . to have the capacity to imagine what a different, but equally valid expression of Judaism feels like—Sarah's Daughters guides us in learning some of the necessary empathic skills which would make pluralism possible.          
              — Vanessa L. Ochs, author, Words on Fire

A wonderful documentary about Judaism and women's lives today—and how the two fit and don't fit together. . . . The film has a rich texture and tremendous warmth. . . . I watched it with my wife and daughter and we all gave it two thumbs up.          
              — Rodger Kamenetz, author, The Jew and the Lotus

Jarmel’s provocative film suggests that contemporary Jewish women can’t simply go home again, but most find ways to build new homes on traditional foundations.
             — Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Union of American
                  Hebrew Congregations


SCREENINGS

American Cinematheque

Council for the Advancement of Jewish Education

General Assembly--American Jewish Federations

Houston Jewish Book Fair

Jewish Museum of San Francisco

Judas Magnes Museum

Mayan: The Jewish Women’s Project

National Foundation of Jewish Culture

National Havurah Conference

National Museum of American Jewish History

Dozens of Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Federations, synagogues, Hillels and women’s groups, around the country.

Colleges & universities around the world


FESTIVALS

Cinequest (San Jose Film Festival)

Doctober International Documentary Film Festival (IDA)

Women's Music Festival

Religion Today Film Festival (Italy)

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

San Francisco International LGBT Festival  

Women in the Director's Chair Festival

Bangladesh Short Film Festival

Jewish Film Festivals in: Australia, Buffalo, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Montreal, Portland, Saint Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Seattle, Toronto, Tucson, Virginia, Washington DC, Saint Louis, and Maine.


BROADCASTS

American Public Television

Danish Television

Israeli Television

Slovenia Television

WGBH- Boston

WNET-New York City

KCSM-Women of Vision Series