Project UnLonely Films Season 7

Wendy’s Shabbat

Rachel Myers

“Wendy’s Shabbat” is a story of rediscovering the joys of community in older age, however unorthodox it may appear.

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Meet the Filmmaker

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Rachel Myers is an award-winning filmmaker, Time Warner 150 Artist, and Tribeca alumni. Her film, Wendy’s Shabbat, qualified for the Academy Awards and was broadcast on PBS. She is a winner of Ovation, NAACP, Broadway World, and Streamy Awards, and is the inaugural recipient of the Shondaland-Women’s-Directing-Mentorship, Sundance Co-lab, and a nominee for the Lynn Shelton Grant.

“For years, my grandmother has attended the weekly ritual of Shabbat dinner, meeting at the Wendy’s fast food restaurant near her home. For over eight years, the seniors in her community, most of them in their eighties and nineties, have congregated at Wendy’s to light Shabbat candles, say the blessings, and share challah and grape juice (no wine at Wendy’s). It is a weekly event and a meaningful celebration. I had often shared the story with friends in conversation, describing this lovely tradition and decided that it was time to document this gathering and her community. This is a film about rediscovering the joys of community and the importance of connection in older age while facing the fragility of our own mortality, and the longing for ritual, however unorthodox it may appear.”

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