About The Film:
Follows H. Alan Scott, a gay former Mormon/ converted Jew/ cancer survivor/ writer-comedian, as he finds his spiritual path and prepares for his Bar Mitzvah.
I’m a gay man from a poor Midwestern Mormon family who survived cancer and later converted to Judaism. Try fitting all that on a Tinder profile! That’s the starting point of Latter Day Jew, a documentary about my Mormon upbringing, eventual conversion to Judaism at age 31 and preparation for my Bar Mitzvah in the Fall of 2017. But before I can become a man in the eyes of the Jewish law (at age 34), I feel it’s important I be the best Jew I can be and figure out what that means. Latter Day Jew chronicles this journey, and in the process shows the spiritual and cultural identity is deeper than just what we are born into or what our families believed and taught us.
About The Film:
Yiscah Smith is a Pardes faculty member, Jewish educator, spiritual activist and published author who addresses the spiritual practice of encountering the Divine spark within. This movie highlights Yiscah’s journey towards authentic living. Documentary makers Rachel Rusinek and Eyal Ben Moshe describe the film as follows: Yaakov Smith was an ultra-Orthodox married man with six children and a pillar of his community, when he left his family, his community, and Israel. It took him 20 years to return – only this time as an observant woman. The film touches honesty and openly on a subject that is both relevant and unspoken. It is also a film about self-acceptance, compassion, love, and family.
Pre-recorded SKYPE interview with Rabbi Yiscah Smith following the film.