Simchas and Sorrows


California Theatre, San Jose Sat, Aug 20, 2022 9:00 PM
Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Tue, Aug 23, 2022 11:30 AM
Pruneyard Cinemas #4 Sat, Aug 27, 2022 11:45 AM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):116
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Genevieve Adams
Hari Nef
Thomas McDonell
John Cullum
Gregg Bello
Luke Forbes
Julie Halston
Chip Zien
Annelise Cepero
Director:Genevieve Adams
Producer(s):Genevieve Adams
Matt Ott
Hari Nef
Hannah Swayze
Jackie Donohoe
Screenwriter:Genevieve Adams
Cinematography:Daniel Contaldo
Music By:Jennifer Smith (music supervisor)
Esin Aydingoz (composer)
Editor:Joseph Hung


Agnes, a secular, free-spirited artist and former Catholic school girl, must come to terms with religion in order to marry Levi, the love of her life. Shocked by a surprise pregnancy, the earnest Agnes agrees to begin converting to Judaism in an effort to be accepted by Levi's more conservative Jewish family. Learning to join the tribe and follow the herd proves no easy task for someone who has spent her whole life questioning, and then breaking, the rules.

As Agnes and Levi study with the progressive and courageous Rabbi Cohen (Hari Nef, Transparent, You), they discover all is not what it appears to be on the surface. Family secrets come to light, and Agnes and Levi are forced to grapple with life's big questions. The film explores an evolving, modern Judaism, orthodoxies and hypocrisy, sibling rivalry, modern love, mental illness, artistic inheritance, and anti-semitism.

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