In this eye-opening tale, Nasira (Francis Benhamou), a Muslimah, and Rochel (Zoe Lister-Jones), an orthodox Jew, meet as first-year teachers in a Brooklyn public school. The two become unlikely allies as they navigate a barrage of ethnic and religious micro-aggressions from their colleagues, who judge their lives and beliefs as “abnormal”, based on dehumanizing stereotypes and Western capitalist ideas of happiness and romance. The two become even more unlikely friends as they discover that they’re both in the process of getting an arranged marriage.
Arranged takes us through no only these women’s interactions with strangers, but also the inner workings of their families, and how those families react to new friendship. Amid the pressure of their families, the treacherous waters of interviewing potential husbands, and nosy co-workers who see basing a marriage on compatibility and convenience rather than some mercurial idea of love as “oppressive”, the two women provide an anchor and a sounding board for one another, allowing each to navigate her beliefs on hr own terms
I give this one 4.25 stars.