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A Match Made in Heaven (Shiduch Mi Shamaim)

, 2014

Unprecedented access into the mysterious and veiled matchmaking culture of the Haredi (ultra-orthodox) community in Israel.

A Match Made in Heaven is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the process of finding a mate for ultra-orthodox people. The film’s narrative, which follows a series of characters over their journey to find a partnership, and following that, hopefully, love, also explores the personal and family pressures that inevitably also play a role in the search these men and women go through.

Via the personal stories, comments and journeys of its subjects, the film gives the audience a window into what these communities really believe about marriage. It also shines a light on the rituals and customs that, from an outsider’s perspective, seem restrictive and dated. At a time when marriage in the modern, secular world is in decline, this film asks: why do Haredi relationships last? And how does it work?

 

75 mins/ Hebrew (English Subtitles)
Director — Natalie Ginat, Ronnie Kay and Shay Werker
Category — meant to be (Bashert)