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June 19, 2016 3:04 am

Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

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A scene from "Bacon & God's Wrath." Photo: Sundance Film Festival.

A scene from “Bacon & God’s Wrath.” Photo: Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life.

In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to try bacon. Brownstone reflects on her life’s experiences — most notably the conflicts she had with her strictly religious upbringing — and audiences witness her being “interviewed” by a talking pig’s head, while her responses emerge from a talking computer.

The mixed-media short is one of eight films spotlighted at the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which opened at the IFC Center in New York City.

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  • Truly, al tashlicheni l’et zikna, [do not cast me away in my old age] is operating here. We say this prayer on Yom Kippur when we atone for our sins. Hashem is with every Jew always, no matter what they do and will take back all those who want to return.

    The ‘left’ is always ready to denigrate our own people. They are so clueless as to the effect of disunity among us on us. They have replaced their religion with ‘leftism’.
    My message to them: Am Yisroel b’li Torah, hee k’guf b’li neshama. The nation of Israel, without the Torah is just like a body without a soul. So the ‘leftists’ have no soul.
    Time to get some soul, you ‘leftists’!

  • I have to agree with Katz. I wouldn’t have been bothered had it been a more serious and respectful documentary. But to present the whole thing as a conversation between a dead pigs head and a computer seems insensitive and distasteful (no pun intended) at the very least. I haven’t seen the film so my opinion is based of this article and mostly the picture.

  • Michael Katz

    Just another example of the “leftist” film industry portraying Judaism in a negative light. Disgusting.

  • Yaakov

    Atheists are not Jewish.

    • Allison

      Jewish atheists are Jewish

    • Daniel

      according to whom?
      ישראל אף שחטא ישראל הוא