Film explores unexpected connection

Nov 30, 2012
Zoe Lister-Jones, left, and Francis Benhamou star in the award-winning American film “Arranged.”

Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., and the Camden Conference Community Events Series are cosponsoring a screening of the award-winning 2007 film “Arranged” Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Friends Community Room. Handicapped accommodations are available with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.

Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer directed the 90-minute film, winner of Best Feature Film at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Two young women — one Muslim, the other Orthodox Jewish — are drawn toward one another as they navigate traditional ways of finding partners in a nontraditional world. Nasira (Francis Benhamou) and Rochel (Zoe Lister-Jones) are teachers at the same New York public school in Brooklyn and find themselves fighting similar battles: a patronizing school principal; and family pressures. “Arranged” takes on some tough questions about the role of tradition in finding a mate, and the challenge of reconciling modernity and faith.

Admission is free. Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising will lead the post-screening discussion. The evening is presented in anticipation of the 26th annual Camden Conference: The Middle East: What Next?, Feb. 22 through 24.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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