Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, a neighbourhood containing the largest ultra-orthodox Jewish community in the U.S., director Paula Eiselt’s 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. The documentary focuses on Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a co-founder of the group. With unprecedented access, 93Queen offers a unique portrayal of a group of religious women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their community from within.
The community had been served since 1969 by the all-male Hatzolah, the largest volunteer ambulance force in the world. But Freier is determined to provide an alternative for Hasidic women whose religious beliefs have infused them with a powerful sense of modesty. Through it all, we see Ruchie & Co. grappling to balance their faith with their nascent feminism. And as if that’s not enough, Ruchie then moves on to her next goal: running for civil court judge.
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