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A co-production with American Documentary | POV, INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS), and SWR in collaboration with ARTE, 93QUEEN follows RACHEL “RUCHIE” FREIER, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the “boys club” in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in NYC.
93QUEEN is set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, where EMS corps have long been the province of men. Though the neighborhood is home to the largest volunteer ambulance corps in the world known as Hatzolah, that organization has steadfastly banned women from its ranks.
Now Ruchie and an engaging cast of dogged Hasidic women are risking their reputations—and, literally, the futures of their children—by taking matters into their own hands to provide dignified emergency medical care to the Hasidic women and girls of Borough Park.
With unprecedented and exclusive access, 93QUEEN follows the formation and launch of Ezras Nashim through the organization’s first year on the ground. The spine of the film observes the highs—and the lows—of creating an organization against incredible odds, as well as the women’s struggles to “have it all” as wives and mothers. In a society where most women don’t drive—and a few minutes can meanthe difference between life and death—how do female EMTs transport themselves to the scene of an emergency? And how does Ezras Nashim combat a behemoth like Hatzolah, which possesses political clout not only in Borough Park, but throughout New York City?
In the midst of this already ground-breaking endeavor, Ruchie announces that she had decided to take her burgeoning feminism even further: She entered the race for civil court judge in Brooklyn’s 5th Municipal Court District.
So as to take down Ruchie (and, thus, Ezras Nashim) once and for all, Hatzolah joined forces with Brooklyn Democratic Party machine allies to put up a male Hasidic candidate to run against Ruchie. After a hard-fought and contentious election, Ruchie won the judgeship with 44% of the vote—becoming the
first Hasidic woman elected to office in the United States.
Through it all, we see Ruchie & Co. grappling to balance their faith with their nascent feminism, even as they are confronted by the patriarchal attitudes that so dominate Hasidic society. As Ruchie observes,
while she making dinner at 3 a.m. after a long Ezras Nashim shift, “I sometimes wonder why God created me a woman. If I’d have been born a Hasidic man, I don’t think I would have half the problems I have.”
After the movie came out, Ezras Nashim changed their policy of not allowing single women to allow them and all women to join.
They were short staffed one night and had an EMT who was single cover, she did a great job and they realized there was no reason to not allow single women. They have evolved and it's a testament that change is slow and it took them time but progress begets progress.
They were following communal standards. Hatzolah in Borough Park doesn't allow single men so they were copying that model but realized later on there was no need to. They are now far more inclusive.
They now allow all women to join and are expanding - Stern College in Manhattan has their own chapter and Long Island is starting one.
They were just honored by the Brooklyn Borough for Women's History Month.
PJ Crawley was a key communications staffer in both the Obama and Clinton Administrations. Crowley was named one of Atlantic Magazine's "21 Brave Thinkers in 2011," as he had resigned from his position as State Dept. Spokesman, after making critical public comments concerning the governments pre-trial treatment of Private First-Class Chelsea Manning.
Come join Young Professional from all over the Philadelphia area to support Sara Atkins in her journey to the State Senate (PA-17)
A passionate mother, a devoted wife, a committed activist, a strong community leader... No matter the role SARA is playing, one title always fits her and that is FIGHTER!!!! Not only will Sara speak about the issues she is passionate about but how they all connect to her strong belief that only when each of us is granted the opportunity to rise individually, can we all rise together as a community!!
A Very Special Guest (To Be Announced Soon!) will speak about 2020 Politics and the CRITICAL ROLE the Millennial Generation will play in deciding who our next leaders are!!!
Tickets includes a wide selection of Happy Hour foods from the area's best Kosher restaurant and one drink ticket.