KOSHER LOVE: A thought-provoking look at love and relationships in the Orthodox Jewish World, which raises question for people of all faiths and spiritual paths. Discover how ancient religious perspectives on love and marriage can be charmingly refreshing.
Followed by a special Q&A with the producer, director and film subjects.
Beshert: a soulmate, the one person whom an individual is divinely destined to marry. Most of us grow up on fairy tales and movies in which mysterious and magical forces help people find their soul mates, to live happily ever after. But what about those people in arranged marriages, like certain Orthodox Jews, have they found their soulmates?
From Frederic Bohbot, Concordia alumnus (BA 01) and the Canadian Executive Producer of the 2014 Academy Award-winning short documentary The Lady in Number 6, comes Kosher Love, an intensely intimate, quirky and access-driven documentary packed with off-the-cuff moments, humorously revealing tensions between ancient traditions and modern times. Watch as a rabbinical matchmaker, a young Hassidic couple and a single, religious rapper explore the precise meaning of love, the need for marriage and the concept of soulmates.
Kosher Love looks at the search for true love and wholesome marriage in the orthodox, Hassidic world as it pushes back against an ever-encroaching, wired, secular world and its idea of momentary, selfish love. Using levity, animation and playfulness, Kosher Love aims to reveal that, regardless of how we approach it, dating and romance are universally crazy and unpredictable.
Above all, Kosher Love shows that we are all the same in our search for love and relationships, but there may be a few pearls of wisdom for the secular world to consider from this ancient Jewish tradition.
Kosher Love A film by Evan Beloff
Producer Frederic Bohbot
Edited by Ashley Gilmour
Director of Photography Bill Stone
Music by Jason Rosenblatt
Narrated by Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, Jewish chaplain at Concordia University and spiritual director of Chabad of NDG
Premiere Sponsored by
Chabad Concordia Jewish Student Club
Concordia Multi-Faith & Spirituality Centre