Global Neighborhood Film Series: 'Eyes Wide Open'
Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in LaRose Digital Theater, Koury Business Center
"Eyes Wide Open," a 2009 film, was directed by Haim Tabakman. A discussion with Jewish Studies Professor Geoffrey Claussen will follow the film.
Summary: Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem's ultra-orthodox Jewish community is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father of four children. One day, he meets Ezri, a handsome 22-year old student, and soon falls in love with him. He then starts to neglect his family and community life, swept away by his love and lust for Ezri. But guilt, torment and pressure from the community will catch up with him, leading him to make a radical decision.
"Haunting, languorously paced tale of a doomed Orthodox Jewish gay couple – a father of four, and the young man he hires as an apprentice in his butcher shop – eschews sentimentality and pathos, instead letting body language and the dusty gloomy streets of Jerusalem shape the story." -New York Magazine
Sponsored by: Global Neighborhood, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies.