Unorthodox – Stories of Escape

Thu 4th June, 2020
Price: Free
Hear from the American author whose memoir inspired the Netflix hit Unorthodox in this one-off, live-streamed panel discussion.

The Melbourne-based Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM) was forced to press pause on its 2020 program amid the coronavirus outbreak, but the organisers have just launched a new virtual series called Homeward Bound.

The first instalment, on June 4, will be a one-off live-streamed panel discussion featuring Deborah Feldman. She’s the author of Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, which formed the basis of the hit Netflix miniseries Unorthodox. It tells a story similar to Feldman’s – of a teenage girl’s escape from an ultra-religious community in Brooklyn, New York.

The panel will dive into what ties us to family, community and culture – and what it means to break away. Hear stories of escape from Feldman, as well as American trans activist and Becoming Eve author Abby Stein, and local activist and sexual-abuse survivor Dassi Erlich.

Australian author and podcaster John Safran will host the panel, which will include a 15-minute audience Q&A.

Register your attendance here. It’s free to stream, but donations are welcome. The Zoom link will be emailed to attendees before the event.

From 8pm AEST.

More information here