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

93QUEEN is the inspirational story of Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the boy’s club in her community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

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, that organization has steadfastly banned women from its ranks. Now Ruchie and a group of tenacious Hasidic women are risking their reputations and the futures of their children to provide dignified emergency medical care to the Hasidic women and girls of Borough Park. Through it all, we see them grappling to balance their faith with their nascent feminism, even as they are confronted by the patriarchal attitudes that so dominate Hasidic society.

With unprecedented insider access, 93QUEEN offers a unique portrayal of a group of empowered religious women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.



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 Eiselt 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

    "Heartening, unexpected...both surprising and deeply satisfying. [Eiselt] brings an instinctive yet clear-eyed sympathy for these women’s remarkable story."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Offers a rare glimpse into a closely guarded area."
    The Guardian

    "Watching 'Ruchie' and her team of women take initiative and defy the patriarchal rules of their community is inspiring."
    Bustle

    "It’s a fascinating, intimate look at a world largely shrouded from outsiders but especially it’s about a remarkable woman - Freier, 53, a mother of six, who would become the first Hasidic woman to hold public office in the United States."
    Newsday

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