If anyone needs a good show to watch on Netflix during this period of quarantine, I just finished watching the four part series called Unorthodox. It’s about a girl who leaves her Hasidic Jewish culture and an arranged marriage and flees to Berlin to find her estranged mother and form a new life for herself.
I’m terrible at summaries, but it’s worth the watch. It’s mostly in Yiddish and German, with subtitles and it opened my eyes to a new culture. I had never heard of the Hasidic Jewish culture before I started watching it and honestly, wow.
Some people have said that it’s controversial, which I can understand because it doesn’t paint the Hasidic culture in a good light, but if you keep an open mind and do your research on the culture (like I did) and understand that it’s from one women’s perspective (it was inspired by an autobiographical novel) it’s well worth the watch.
It’s a step towards female empowerment and it’s representative of several other cultures and backgrounds and groups and individuals and it’s honestly a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It’s only four, hour long episodes and I’ve read where the next season isn’t supposed to come out for another two years, but I encourage you to watch it.
I’m trying to broaden my horizons while on quarantine and try new things. I’m so glad I tried this out.
Anyone have any other recommendations for me??