As shot, directed and co-produced by Paula Eiselt, this heartening, unexpected story shows what happens when a group of Hasidic women, led by tireless, charismatic attorney Rachel "Ruchie" Freier, decided to create the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in all of New York City.
THE NEW YORK TIMES — 93Queen does offer a more nuanced view of ultra-Orthodox Jews than is presented in films like One of Us from last year.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — Forget Supergirl and Wonder Woman. To see a real female superhero in action, check out Paula Eiselt's documentary concerning the creation of an all-female, Hasidic EMT corps.
THE GUARDIAN — In a new documentary, the brave work of a group of rule-breaking women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn is brought to light
Enter Rachel "Ruchie" Freier to upend my preconceived notions. Freier is the pigeonhole-avoiding star of filmmaker Paula Eiselt's 93Queen, a fascinating look at America’s very first all-female EMT corps—started in the heart of Borough Park, Brooklyn, home to one of the world's largest communities of Hasidic Jews.
Point of View Magazine — 93Queen expertly takes you into trials and tribulations, victories and reversals right out of a narrative film.
More than five years in the making, Paula Eiselt’s feature debut is a labor of love about a group of Hasidic women in Brooklyn trying to form the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York.
This is a rags-to-riches story, so naturally it begins with loneliness and existential despair. It begins around five years ago with Eiselt, an Orthodox filmmaker, having an idea about following certain women in Borough Park who are forming an all-female ambulance corps.
As women across America fight new battles over their rights and run for office in unprecedented numbers, they are also stepping into new roles in one of the country’s most traditional religious groups: Brooklyn’s Hasidic community.
Ep. 154: ‘93Queen,’ a documentary about Ezras Nashim, founded and staffed by Hasidic women as the first all-female-volunteer ambulance service in New York
It's a fascinating, intimate look at a world largely shrouded from outsiders but especially it's about a remarkable woman — Freier, 53, a mother of six, who would become the first Hasidic woman to hold public office in the United States.
Think feminism and Hasidism are polar opposites? Think again. Paula Eiselt’s first feature film, 93Queen, focuses on the battle to establish Ezras Nashim, a Hasidic women’s EMT group.
When I started college at New York University in 1990, nobody lived in Brooklyn. Brooklyn was the dark side of the moon. At least that’s how we NYU students thought about it.
irected by Paula Eiselt, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, the film captures the women's journey to save lives.
NO FILM SCHOOL — When Paula Eiselt first came across an article in an online Yiddish publication about a group of Hasidic women forming an-all female EMT corps (Ezras Nashim), she was struck as if by lightning.
THE NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK — For most of the six years she was filming, Eiselt was a one-woman crew
JEZEBEL — The documentary, from filmmaker Paula Eiselt, follows a group of Hasidic women forming their own Hatzolah, the volunteer EMT service for Orthodox communities
Alliance of Women Film Journalists — Documentarian Paula Eiselt has found a terrific story for this, her debut feature. As an orthodox Jew herself, Eiselt was granted extraordinary access to her subject, and to the other Hasidic women behind Ezras Nashim
Jewish Standard — Local filmmaker’s documentary on all-female EMS group in Brooklyn looks at change and pushback in chasidic world
WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD — It won’t be long before audiences are introduced to the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in the United States.
VARIETY — Abramorama has acquired the U.S. and Canadian theatrical rights to Paula Eiselt’s feature directorial debut, “93Queen.”
REALSCREEN — Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, the 85-minute documentary follows a group of Hasidic women who launch Ezras Nashim, the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in the country.
NOW Magazine — There are many films at Hot Docs in which women step out of their usual roles, but this one is especially effective.
WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD — Directed by Paula Eiselt, the upcoming documentary sees the underdogs defying expectations and odds to create Ezras Nashim, the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.
IndieWire — First-time director Paula Eiselt stole the show with her parting line: “Change isn’t made by the women who leave; change is made by the women who stay.”
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE — “After starting production on 93QUEEN three years ago — and giving birth to my third child three months ago — I walked into the IFP Documentary Lab armed with my breast pump and a 10-minute trailer, ready to present both of my ‘babies.’”