According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
The Get is a digitally shot film “about the struggles some Jewish women endure when they are unable to receive a divorce from their husbands,” which premieres next Sunday at the Rochester Jewish Film Festival. The film is directed by Jack Ross, whose prior film was God’s Chosen DJ, about legendary radio personality Don Imus.
Ross, 51, who lives in Brighton, first read about the problem in The Jewish Week, a publication in New York City, four years ago. “The more I learned about it, the angrier I got,” says Ross, who moved to Rochester in 1980 and worked for eight years as a news photographer at what is now WHAM-TV (Channel 13). Ross spent three years following four women as they tried to receive gets. The film’s first cut was two hours, but, after choosing to focus on one woman, the final product slimmed down to 46 minutes.
When a Jewish woman wants to divorce her husband, she must obtain his permission. If he refuses to grant her request, she becomes an “agunah” (chained woman), who is still bound to him by law and cannot remarry–if she has children while an agunah, they are considered mamzerim (bastards, which here has a slightly different nuance than the English word we’re used to). The husband, on the other hand, does not have to have given his wife a get before remarrying.
Kudos to Ross on his film, and to all those who champion the rights of women who are chained to dysfunctional husbands who refuse to grant their wives the freedom they deserve.