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Virtual SJCC: Weekly Film Conversation with UNORTHODOX’s Daniel Hendler

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daniel Hendler, one of the co-writers of the hit new Netflix miniseries UNORTHODOX, sits down with the J’s Pamela Lavitt for a special lunchtime Divan-a-Thon on Sunday, May 17. The show, loosely based on Deborah Feldman’s memoir, tells the story of a woman who flees her ultra-Orthodox life in Brooklyn to start over in Berlin. Responses have ranged from heady praise to quibbling about authenticity. Watch the series on Netflix and then join us for a discussion. Bring your questions!

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UNORTHODOX on Netflix tells the story of Esty, a member of the Satmar Hasidic sect who flees her ultra-Orthodox life in Brooklyn to start over in Berlin. The compelling four-part series, with dialogue mostly in Yiddish, is loosely based on the popular memoir by Deborah Feldman. After the show dropped on March 26, the binge-watching began followed by a flurry of postmortem social media posts, from quibbling about authenticity to heady praise. We are delighted to discuss all of this with the show’s writer/story editor Daniel Hendler this week. Hendler (like the author Feldman) lives in Berlin, but he grew up in Olympia, WA (bar mitzvahed at Temple Bet Hatfiloh in fact), and joins us from Germany for this special lunchtime Divan-A-Thon couch conversation. If you have not seen the show, please watch it on Netflix (an account is required, though you can sign up for a free trial. The series is about four hours total.) Then, join in the discussion and bring your questions!

More about Daniel Hendler
Daniel Hendler is an American writer based in Vienna and Berlin and grew up in Olympia. Before serving as a writer/story editor on UNORTHODOX for Netflix, he was an episode writer for MAPA, a German-language “sadcom” on Joyn. Hendler graduated from the 2017/18 season of Serial Eyes, the European showrunner training program. Since then, he has developed films and series in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Austria. Before moving to Europe, he ran feature film development at Benaroya Pictures in Los Angeles, producing THE ROMANTICS and the Academy Award-nominee MARGIN CALL. He also developed CATCH .44 and LAWLESS. Current projects in development include an episodic drama for Endorphine Productions; and a historical feature for Kopernikus Films.


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