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USA, 2000 (MIFF 2003, Documentaries)

Director: Allen Mondell, Cynthia Salzman

From the lap-top stylings of Hassids in New Jersey to a 24 strong posse of San Diego mothers (who consider size 10-12 women as overweight!) who insist they aren't gossips, Make me a Match criss-crosses the USA, revealing the varied methods of Jewish dating services. Veering from the hilanous to the incredulous, this entertaining and insightful look at Jewish matchmakers is full of larger-than-life characters and situations.

The filmmakers move from Pearl, a New Jersey native, whose reasons for her deeds are summed up succinctly—"If the Jewish people do not continue through families, we will have a silent Holocaust, a passive Holocaust"—to the unlikely community of Aberdeen, South Dakota, population 20,000 (none of them Jewish) whose operators at a call centre are learning Yiddish to better handle out-of-state matches.

Make me a Match culminates in the 'Nationwide Jewish Singles Convention' in Dallas, which includes, on one of its many nights of frivolity, a hoedown at the 'OK Corral', with a rallying cry of "Shalom, y'all". Bootscooting has never been so entertaining!

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