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Special Film Event: “Immoral Soul” Q&A

Q&A with Rabbi Nilton Bonder

Author of “Our Immoral Soul”, best-selling Brazilian book, and now documentary film.

Live online Q&A with author Rabbi Nilton Bonder
Monday, February 8, 2021 7:00-8:30pm
Sponsored by Kane Street Synagogue

Please watch the film online at
Running time: 2’02”. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles

About the Film

Acclaimed Brazilian film director Silvio Tendler brings us Immoral Soul, based on Rio de Janeiro Rabbi Nilton Bonder’s bestselling book of the same name. The book sold over 400,000 copies in Brazil and was translated into English, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. The success of the book inspired the play, Immoral Soul, which has had an uninterrupted run of over thirteen years in Brazil and has been seen by over a half a million people. Veja, Brazil’s leading newsmagazine, chose this theatrical version as the best Brazilian play of 2009.

Following the success of the book and play, Immoral Soul was made into a documentary which is now among five documentaries selected for “Premio Brazil”, the most prestigious prize of the Brazilian Film Academy.

Provocative, poetic and philosophical, the film addresses the need for people to break rules—to “transgress”—in order to survive, evolve, and create new paradigms of what is lawful and positive.

The film takes a look at iconoclastic individuals who broke the established order through transgressions, large and small. In the film, Rabbi Bonder sets out on a journey to Brazil, the Unites States and Israel in search of these rule breakers, the so called “Immoral Souls”. He conducts interviews with prominent Jewish transgressors such as Frans Krajcberg, Michael Lerner, Rebecca Goldstein, Etgar Keret, Uri Avneri, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Noam Chomsky, and the Rosenberg brothers.

Among the topics covered are adultery, atheism, betrayal, and breakdown and innovation in politics, religion, art and science. Interviews are interspersed with dance segments, choreographed by the Dance Company of Deborah Colker, one of Brazil’s leading dancers and choreographers.

About Rabbi Nilton Bonder

Rabbi Nilton Bonder was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (1986) and holds a second ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He is the founder of Congregação Judaica do Brasil and Midrash Centro Cultural (Midrash Cultural Center) in Rio de Janeiro.

Rabbi Bonder is also the best-selling author of 23 books, which have been translated into 17 languages. He has twice been awarded the Jabuti Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Brazil, as well as the Afrânio Coutinho Prize of the Brazilian Academy of Literature. He has sold over 2 million books in Brazil alone. Rabbi Bonder is also a member of the Literary Academy of Rio de Janeiro, the Observatory for Human Rights of the Brazilian government, and the State of the World Forum, Committee on Education for the Future sponsored by the UN.

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