Director Nurit Jacobs -Yinon's video-art 'A Tale of a Woman and a Robe' deals with the act of immersion in a ritual bath (mikveh) by women converts. This immersion, signifying the final stage of the conversion process, obligates the women to immerse in the presence of three rabbinic judges while wearing only a robe. The video-art examines the immersion experience from the women converts' viewpoint, an experience which may simultaneously evoke feelings of both elation and humiliation. The work exposes the woman's role, as both present at, and absent from, the ceremony, and gives expression to an artistic, personal and public statement.
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