The JCF July films deal with the effects sexual abuse in the Jewish community. Until recently, Jewish communities, like many religious groups, tended to conceal sexual abuse—and some still do. This film evening comprises two documentaries about the one of the few well-documented cases, in the Jewish community of Melbourne, Australia.
Code of Silence is a short film that follows the parallel journeys of a fervently Orthodox Jewish father and his secular son, after the son breaks the code of silence in Melbourne's Orthodox community and goes public with his story of being sexually abused as a school student. Writers Danny Ben-Moshe and Daniel Goldberg received Australia’s highest journalism honor, the Walkley Documentary Award, for it.
The evening will continue with a sequel, Breaking the Silence. The combined running time of the two films is just under two hours. We’ll see them on Thursday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m.