Director: Becky Tahel
Runtime: 65 min
Release Date: 2021 (USA)
Language: Hebrew/English with English subtitles
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American Birthright is an intimate, deep and joyous investigation that starts by asking “why marry Jewish?” and ends up exploring the subtler “why be Jewish?”. Director and producer Becky Tahel, a Jewish Israeli millennial working in Hollywood, found herself grappling with her sister’s recent engagement to a non-Jew. She felt judgmental of her sister and confused about intermarriage. Her documentary explores dialogue around love, faith, marriage, religion, and inclusiveness, as she travels around the world talking to rabbis, religious experts, mentors and family. What she ultimately finds changes the very course of her life.