Paula Eiselt, 33
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Paula Eiselt, 33

New York – Telling the stories of insular communities is a challenge for any veteran filmmaker, but it’s one Paula Eiselt artfully mastered in her debut film, “ 93Queen .” It’s a documentary that follows a group of chasidic women in Borough Park as they launch Ezras Nashim, an all-female EMT corps as an alternative to Hatzolah, the community’s all-male EMT service. Since its release last September, the film has received accolades from culture critics and was featured at more than 50 film festivals and 60 community screenings in over 110 cities worldwide. It was broadcast nationally on PBS’ “POV” series and released theatrically in over 25 U.S. cities — including a six week hold over at the IFC Center here. The success is astounding for any filmmaker but especially for one’s first-time feature, and even more so one that gives a voice to chasidic women who are so often silenced in both secular media and their own. “I just knew in my bones that I had to tell the story,” Eiselt said. “Here were a group of women from the chasidic community who were not taking no for an answer. This was really the rumblings of change.” Free […]

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