When Yakov Cohen’s daughter is expelled from school for ethnic reasons, he decides to fight back. It’s 1983 and Yakov, a printer in Jerusalem, is just a regular guy. He has no knowledge, no money, no connections and no political experience. But he does have the will and the passion to take action, and a belief that he and and other Sephardic Jews should be able to hold their heads up high. Yakov brings two friends along and together they start the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem, with an operation characteristic of the people they represent: not the suit-wearing types, but rather the people working their way up from the bottom. Their operation is informal, full of love for their fellow man, animated by a great sense of humor and a whole lot of rage.
Rachel Paran, Idit Paran
Shuli Rand, Yaacov Cohen, Golan Azulai, Yoav Levi, Or Lumbrozo, Tzahi Grad, Yigal Naor, Shifi Aloni
Head of Film Dept
Dori Media Paran, Tel Aviv
Avi Mizrahi, Gil Toren
Israel Film Fund, The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund at the Jerusalem Development Authority, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, HOT
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel , Opening Night Film , 2018
Goa International Flim Festival, , Official Selection , 2018
Eliran Malka’s entertaining debut feature, The Unorthodox, evokes the gritty world of Israeli politics in the early 1980s, when a scrappy group of political neophytes in Jerusalem founded a powerful political party to represent the underclass Jews of Middle Eastern origin.