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‘93Queen’ chronicles Chasidic variation on #MeToo

Connor Graham | Contributing Writer | Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:30 am

To many, having to fight for the right to volunteer might seem slightly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what viewers see in documentarian Paula Eiselt’s first feature-length film, “93Queen,” which chronicles the arduous process of turning Ezras Nashim — an all-volunteer ambulance corps comprised solely of Chasidic Jewish women — from idea to reality.

The film begins by introducing viewers to Borough Park, Brooklyn, home to the country’s largest Chasidic Jewish population. The camera cuts quickly and frequently, displaying images of the neighborhood while viewers hear the voice of Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, an attorney and the co-founder of Ezras Nashim. Freier describes the neighborhood with its kosher grocery stores, Yiddish and Hebrew newspaper stands, and an ever-present scent of baked challah, as a “self-contained bubble.”

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