Divan (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Religions & Belief Systems, Social History  |   Release Date - Mar 17, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - Hungary, Israel, USA, Ukraine  |  
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A young woman who had previously forsaken the Orthodox lifestyle attempts to make amends with her father by acquiring a couch said to have been used by many famous Jewish figures in this humorous documentary from filmmaker Pearl Gluck. As a teenager, Gluck rebelled against her Orthodox upraising by moving to Manhattan to experience life on the secular side. When Gluck's father expresses a desire for his daughter to marry and return to Brooklyn, Gluck attempts to reach a compromise with her father by traveling to Hungary and retrieving a turn-of-the-century couch from her family's past that is said to have been slept upon by a series of esteemed rabbis.

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ancestry, change [personal], couch, cousin, cultural-traditions, father, Hassidic, Hungary, Judaism [Orthodox], Rabbi, reclamation, roots [origins], search