About the Film
In this real-life comedy, filmmaker and Jewish mom Bonnie Rich drags her 20-something daughters to a variety of rabbis and holiday celebrations, in an effort to get them to agree to raise her future grandchildren Jewish.
While her daughters see little need for Jewish ritual that doesn’t involve food, Bonnie wants them to see Judaism as more than matzo ball soup. As Bonnie pushes and her daughters resist, she re-thinks her relationship with Judaism and wonders if she can wake up her own Jewish soul. With humor, the family addresses a timely social issue—how to make tradition and religious ritual personally meaningful.
The film's portrayal of four generations of one family and their changing relationship with Judaism is relatable to Americans with strong cultural and religious roots. The film sparks family storytelling and conversations about the challenges of passing down tradition.
Life is Rich premiered at the 2018 Washington Jewish Film Festival to a sold out crowd who laughed together, cried a little and were fired up to talk afterward. With their enthusiastic response, the film won an Audience Award.
“With humor and poignancy Life is Rich captures the present day American Jewish dilemma of stimulating the next generation to be identified as Jews. A great film for the whole family to see and talk about way into the night.”
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