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93Queen
A film by Paula Eiselt
US, 2018, 90 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W181229

93QUEEN follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the boys club in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in NYC.

In the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, EMS corps have long been the province of men. Though the neighborhood is home to the largest volunteer ambulance corps in the world known as Hatzolah, that organization has steadfastly banned women from its ranks. Now Ruchie and an engaging cast of dogged Hasidic women are risking their reputations, and the futures of their children, by taking matters into their own hands to provide dignified emergency medical care to the Hasidic women and girls of Borough Park. In a society where most women don’t drive—and a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death—how do female EMTs transport themselves to the scene of an emergency? And how does Ezras Nashim combat a behemoth like Hatzolah, which possesses political clout throughout New York City?

With unprecedented and exclusive access, 93QUEEN follows the formation and launch of Ezras Nashim through the organization’s first year on the ground. We witness the highs and lows of creating an organization against incredible odds, as well as the women’s struggles to “have it all” as wives and mothers. And in the midst of this already ground-breaking endeavor, Ruchie announces that she had decided to take her burgeoning feminism even further when she enters the race for civil court judge in Brooklyn’s 5th Municipal Court District. Through it all, we see Ruchie and the other women grappling to balance their faith with their nascent feminism, even as they are confronted by the patriarchal attitudes that so dominate Hasidic society. As Ruchie observes, while making dinner at 3 a.m., “I sometimes wonder why God created me a woman. If I’d have been born a Hasidic man, I don’t think I would have half the problems I have."


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AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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QUOTES

    "Forget Supergirl and Wonder Woman. To see a real female superhero in action, check out Paula Eiselt's documentary."
    The Hollywood Reporter

    "Heartening. Inspiring."
    The New York Times

    "93Queen expertly takes you into trials and tribulations, victories and reversals right out of a narrative film."
    POV Magazine

    "Director Paula Eislet takes a measured, respectful approach, showing the highs and the many lows of being a modern trailblazer; particularly in such a secular, traditional environment."
    Alliance of Women Film Journalists

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