Nerot Shel Shabbat follows a young expecting Jewish couple, Rivkah and Chaim, who for the sake of their family, have to flee the Soviet Union on Shabbat, the holiest day of the week in Judaism. To reach Poland, they have gone through nearly impossible lengths including obtaining passports and exit visas. Terrified for their lives, they get on a train ride to a new country. Nevertheless, Rivkah stays true to her Jewish customs by lighting the Shabbat candles.
After the couple witnesses a horrific incident involving another Jewish mother and her son, they hold onto their faith, to invite a higher power, which only strengthens when they encounter a misfortune at the checkpoint.
THE IRON CURTAIN
Nerot Shel Shabbat is set in the Soviet Union in the late 1960s during the time of the Iron Curtain: a political, ideological, and militarized barrier that intended to seal off the border following World War II. Many Jewish people were faced with intense antisemitism, forcing families to flee in the quest for a better life. However, this same oppressive system made it nearly impossible for Jewish families to seek asylum without exit visas.
Our cast and crew are striving to create the most authentic film we can by recapturing Russia during the 1960s. This is no simple task and every cent counts! Your generous donations will go towards the dozens of people, departments, and equipment that make this film possible!
These skillful hands and necessary equipment include:
CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEROT SHEL SHABBAT ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE. THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE FOUNDATION IS A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION 501 (C)(3) PUBLIC BENEFIT CALIFORNIA CORPORATION.
CHALLENGES WE FACE
Nerot Shel Shabbat is an ambitious project, so our production will need to overcome some obstacles in order to make this story come to life.
The main challenge surrounds our ability to ensure historical accuracy throughout the film. This means everything from the locations to the language has to be as accurate as we can make it. For that reason, our team is working closely casting director and dialect coach to ensure that our dialogue and language are both realistic and authentic to the time period. There are other economical challenges that, with your contribution, we will be able to overcome, such as obtaining a historically accurate location, props, costumes, and set dressings.
Nerot Shel Shabbat is an exciting project and our production is looking forward to making it happen with your help!
MEET THE NEROT SHEL SHABBAT CREW
Lital Mizrahi - Writer, Director
Sofia Ribeiro - Producer | Maya Bellew - Producer
Gisselle Olmedo Torres - Producer
Neema Wangyal - 1st Assistant Director | Priscilla Hernandez - Script Supervisor
Dorothy Perillo Dutton - 2nd Assistant Director
Brendan Kimmet - 2nd 2nd Assistant Director
Nick Talarico - Director of Photography
Cynthia Nunez - 1st Assistant Camera
Joyfiana Venessa - 2nd Assistant Camera
Ewan McNeil - Gaffer | Christian Hernandez - Key Grip
Kuan Wei Yu - Grip | Aedan Molina - DIT
Vito Lyles - Key PA | Dominique Pembleton - PA
Zandra Cullen - BTS Still Photographer | Kion Khosravi - BTS Videographer
Helia Behrooz - BTS Assistant Camera
Blake Emerson - Production Sound Mixer / Re-Recording Mixer | Arthur Tran - Boom Operator
Arshia Razmavar - Sound Designer | Jillian Jacobs - Assistant Sound Editor
Sophie Wade - 1st Editor | Mikayla Hulsey - 2nd Editor
Rey Repshas - Assistant Editor
Michael Secchi - Production Designer
Alara Worrick - Costume Designer | Bryan Higashida - Prop Master
Jenny Xie - Art PA | Charissa Legoh - Art PA
Jonathan Fong - Music Composer
Kerry Baker Casting
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With this tier, you will receive exclusive access to our digital library of concept art, posters, logos, and storyboards that help us make the film happen! (Includes previous levels)
With this tier, you will have early access to all our behind-the-scenes content! From social media to our official behind-the-scenes video, you will get it all! (Includes all previous levels)
With this tier, you will receive a personalized thank you letter from our cast and crew! (Includes all previous tiers)
With this tier, you will receive a "Special Thanks" credit at the end of our film! You will also be featured on our official Nerot Shel Shabbat website! (Includes all previous tiers)
With this tier, you will receive an exclusive signed script and group photo from the cast and crew! (Includes all previous tiers)
With this tier, you will receive an exclusive film poster signed by the cast and crew! (Includes all previous tiers)
With this tier, you will be listed as an Executive Producer in the credits of our final film. You are a part of the team! This credit is only available to outside donors and not present or former CSUN student contributors.