“My message for young people who are finding things challenging? Find a couple of people who you can be honest and authentic with, find those people that are there just to support who you are – to big you up and give you courage – and to do small steps at a time.”
On Sunday 27th June, Mavar supporters and volunteers came together to watch the award-winning short film ‘Jude’. No journey leaving the Haredi world is the same, and no journey is simple, and this film, which won the 2020 Mother Art Award, recounts one such journey. The film tells the story of Jude Rose, a Mavar board member who born in Leeds into an Orthodox family and coerced into marriage at a young age, and who has bravely transformed in recent years from a Jewish Rebbetzin to a single, non-binary person. The film is a candid look at their religious, gender and sexual identities.
For an exclusive Q&A with our audience, Jude was joined by Helen Benigson, the film’s director, and Michael Etherton, who is CEO of UK Jewish Film. Questions from the Zoom audience ranged from Jude’s journey and the support they had, to the process of producing and directing the film.