The story of Purim celebrates two women who stand up for themselves and risk their lives, all in the name of justice. Queen Vashti protects her sovereignty and denies the objectification from the King. When Esther is brought into the palace, she does so in disguise, unaware that she will be the one to save her people. Check out these films that feature women in similar situations to enhance your Purim’s celebration and meaning.
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MULAN (2020) – This live-action adaptation of the classic Disney film follows a young woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the army and save her country.
HIDDEN FIGURES (2016) – This inspiring true story follows a group of African American women who played a crucial role in NASA’s space program during the 1960s.
FREEDOM WRITERS (2007) – Based on a true story, this film follows a teacher who inspires her at-risk students to overcome their struggles and pursue their dreams.
ON THE BASIS OF SEX (2018) – This biographical drama tells the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and her fight for gender equality in the legal system.
HALA (2019) – This coming-of-age drama follows a Muslim teenage girl who struggles to reconcile her traditional values with her desire to pursue her dreams.
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