Directed By: Paula Eiselt (First Feature Film) /
USA / 2018 / English, Yiddish, Hebrew (English Subtitles)
Documentary / Drama
Territory Rights: USA, CANADA (English), CANADA (French), EDUCATIONAL, NON-THEATRICAL
Exhibition Format: DCP
Option for Live Appearance: Q&A
Name of guest: Paula Eiselt
Role of guest: Director / Producer, Cinematographer
Original Title: 93QUEEN
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.
With unprecedented and exclusive access, 93QUEEN follows the formation and launch of Ezras Nashim through the organization’s first year on the ground.
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.