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What I found most interesting about this film was the frequent similarities between Islam, Orthodox Judaism, and other insular religions (including Mormonism), in terms of community, clothing, and marriage. While at the park, Rochel encourages her young brother to play with Nasira’s cousin. “But is he Jewish?” the brother asks, in the same unselfconscious way that I have heard many Mormon moms express concern about their neighbors. In another scene, Rochel’s mom demands that Nasira leave her home, threatening Rochel with what will happen if the neighbors see her. “You’re ruining your prospects!” she tells her, in reference to her marital chances.

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