Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: Yentl

Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: Yentl

Sunday, December 19, 2020


Yentl is a 1983 American romantic musical drama film that was directed, co-written and co-produced by, and stars Barbra Streisand. It is based on Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s play of the same name. It also stars Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving.

Set in the early 1900s in Eastern Europe, Yentl is the story of a young Jewish girl who has to disguise herself as a boy in order to receive an education. Once she is studying among the Orthodox Jewish rabbis, she falls in love with another student; her situation is further complicated when that students love interest falls in love her. With the help of Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman (who won Academy Awards for their score), Streisand turned Singer’s simple story into a full-blown musical.

Run Time: 2h 13min

Followed by a discussion of the film and Unity principles.

Unity Goes to the Movies was begun by Rod Kennedy in April 2011 at The Unity Center of New York City for the purpose of showing movies that illustrate life lessons and instruct. It is also hosted by Rod who selects films that are drawn from the opus of movies made in Hollywood over the years that have come to influence and define our culture.

Much like the stories that were incorporated into the Bible, some of these movies are modern teachable moments about every day life that can instruct us on our spiritual path. After each movie, Mr. Kennedy hosts a discussion where everyone gets a chance to offer his or her insights and comment about the film.