This Israeli television series is about the fictional lives of Hasidic (ultra-orthodox) families in the Geula section of Jerusalem. Although they are portrayed as fanatical about their religious beliefs, the series also portrays many of them struggling with the conflicts of difficult relationships. Shulem, the patriarch and a widower, rules his brood with an iron fist. Akiva, his youngest son, rejects a matchmaker’s selection and falls in love with his first cousin. He frustrates the family by insisting that his calling is to become a painter. Shulem’s granddaughter, Ruchami, marries without parental consent, an ultra-religious youth committed to a life of study. And Giti, Shulem’s daughter, has conflicted feelings about her husband who abandoned the family and now has returned. The series proved to be so popular Netflx is considering a third season. Also, Amazon is thinking of doing a remake set in Brooklyn.
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Awards of the Israeli Television Academy, 2013: Best Drama Series; Best Actor in a Drama Series (Dov Glickman and Michael Aloni); Best Actress in a Drama Series (Neta Riskin and Ayelet Zurer); Best Directing in a Drama Series (Alon Zingman); Best Script in a Drama Series (Yehonatan Indursky, Ori Elon and Abut-Barkai-Telisma)
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SHTISEL is by far not the first Hebrew TV series about Haredim, but it might be the first one that doesn’t solely occupy itself with surface characteristics of clothing and customs. While SHTISEL makes a great effort to get all the details of Haredi life right, the series does a great job letting all of these things fade into the background and just tell a great story about human beings and their daily lives.Andre Klein
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