by Jaweed Kaleem
A Light for Greytowers, a film by an Orthodox Jewish group that is meant to be seen by women only, will screen Sunday and Monday at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach.
Based on a popular Jewish novel, the musical tells the story of a Jewish girl in czarist Russia who, when separated from her family and sent to an orphanage, must deal with a matron who tries to stop her from keeping religious traditions.
The movie, which has an all-female, mostly Orthodox cast, was kicked out of the Jewish Film Festival in Jerusalem last fall when its producers asked that men be barred from screenings. Festival organizers said the request violated their nondiscrimination policy.
An Orthodox Jewish law called Kol Isha forbids men from listening to a woman sing. Rabbis disagree on whether it applies only to live performances. The Colony Theater is a public venue and the film will be open to men and women said Miami Beach Assistant City Manager Hilda Fernadez.