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THE UNORTHODOX | הבלתי רישמיים

About the Film

When Yakov Cohen’s daughter was expelled from school, he decided to establish a parallel social institution. He had no knowledge, no money, no connections, and no PR but he had the strong will to take action that would allow him and other Sephardic Jews to hold their heads up high. He brought two friends along, their operation was characteristic of the people they represented: not the suit-wearing types but with people working their way up from the bottom, informal, with love for their fellow man, a great sense of humor, and a whole lot of rage. They didn’t know how to play the political game: they made it all up as they went along and set out on one of the oddest, most surprising and moving election campaigns the country has ever known. Today, the Sfarad’s Guards political party– is an empire, an institution, even a brand with significant implications to society. Yaakov Cohen is still working at his printing house at the Bukharan Quarter in the heart of Jerusalem city.

  • 2018 Opening Film – Jerusalem Film Festival

Film Details

Category: Feature

Running Time: 92 minutes

Country: Israel

Year: 2018

Language: Hebrew, Yiddish

With Subtitles

Premiere: Sneak Preview


Directors: Elian Malka

Screenwriter: Eliran Malka

Producer: Yehonathan Paran

Cinematography: Yaron Scharf

Editor: Arik Lahav Leibovitch

Original score: Ophir Leibovitch



Yaakov Cohen: Shuli Rand

Rabbi Moshe Sharvit: Yaacov Cohen

Rabbi Toledano: Golan Azulai

Yigal Vaknin: Yoav Levi

Heli: Or Lumbrozo

Menachem Mozess: Tzahi Grad

The Chief Rabbi: Igal Naor

Yehudit: Shifi Aloni


Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts, Beverly Hills | A Sneak Preview Spotlight Screening, Sponsored by the Spharadic Educational Center

Wednesday November 7, 2018 | 7:15

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Laemmle Town Center 5, Encino |

Wednesday November 14, 2018 | 9:30 pm

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Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts, Beverly Hills |

Sunday November 18, 2018 | 5:00 pm

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Laemmle Town Center 5, Encino |

Tuesday November 20, 2018 | 7:15 pm

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