Emily Cheeger Wins TJFF Best Short

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020

“TZADEIKIS (“Holy Woman”)”

“TZADEIKIS (“Holy Woman”)”

Alum Emily Cheeger’s NYU Thesis Film, TZADEIKIS (“Holy Woman”) won Toronto Jewish Film Festival's first annual Lishma Prize for best short film.

Holy Woman is a magical dark comedy about mortality, mysticism and the metaphysics of facial hair in Hasidic Brooklyn. 

The Jury Statement was as follows: "Holy Woman was captivating to watch from start to finish, and I still find myself thinking back to it even weeks after viewing. I felt immersed in the world created and quickly invested in the characters. Above all, I was struck by how the fairytale-like story was able to raise so many meaningful and provocative questions without judgement and without compromising the magic of the story. All in all, this was a beautiful, powerful film.”

Read more at TJFF.