Rachel and Nasira are paired together to teach in an inner city school in New York. As one of the characters in the movie notes, "it is like the UN", so many different cultures and people to learn. The two find a commonality in their love for teaching and their imminent arranged marriages. Oddly enough, the two find despite the historic unrest between their corresponding faiths, they in fact have more in common with one another than the secular world.
It isn't a very long film, and it certainly isn't my usual deep, thought provoking film. It is however a great reminder of the gifts that come of learning, understanding and ultimately embracing other cultures. The film does an excellent job at exposing- if you will, the misconceptions about the custom of arranged marriage in each faith from a safe, unbiased distance. The only minor annoyance I took initially was the seemingly boy-crazy, bimbo-esque portrayal of the secular women in the film. I later changed my opinion. I'm now thinking that's probably exactly what dating women in their 20s, whose husbands haven't been pre-selected look like from the outside. You know what they say about perception.
I watched the film with Yael and over-protective (Yenta) mom that I am, gazed over a few times and thought, "I wonder if I could find a nice boy for...aaah forget it". I said forget it, but I'm still thinking about it. No matter what your thoughts are on the practice of arranged marriage, this is a sweet film. A refreshing spin on the usual chick flick fare. It made me smile. I hope it does the same for you. The film is available from Netflix.
-Peace and unity