Babs returns to the big screen for Bechdel Tested’s presentation of the gender-bending classic, Yentl (1983)!
In Yentl, Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl (Barbra Streisand), despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl’s father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith, so she disguises herself as a man, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.
Preceding the film will be a panel discussion focusing on faith and feminism, moderated by Ryerson’s Joyce Smith, with Cheri DiNovo, Farheen Khan and Shari Golberg. They’ll also have fabulous prizes from Tealish, She Said Boom, Chocolateria and many more; special Holy Water cocktails by Swan Dive; and mingling with other cinephiles, spiritual seekers and feminists!
Bechdel Tested: Yentl comes up this Sunday at Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Ave) at 7 p.m. Grab your tix here.