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City of Joel
Dir.: Jesse Sweet | 90 minutes

City of Joel

USA 2018 | 90 minutes | English | Hebrew, Arabic subtitles

50 miles north of New York City, Kiryas Joel is a modern shtetl in the small town of Monroe, New Jersey. For decades its Hassidic residents have lived harmoniously with their mostly non-religious, non-Jewish neighbors. But a recent request to annex a plot of land that would double the size of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood prompts the rest of the town’s population to embark on a campaign – which many in the Jewish community accuse of being anti-Semitic – against them. A thought-provoking tale about interfaith relations in contemporary United States.