Debra Nussbaum Cohen writes in the Forward's Sisterhood blog:
…[The film] “Black Bus” is a close look at the price paid by women who leave their Hasidic communities. [Shulamit] Weinfeld and [Sara] Einfeld are unable to have contact with their parents or siblings or friends. Even as they explain — to the filmmaker, to Haredi Jews who come to talk with them in the movie — why staying in the community was impossible, you see how much pain they’re in. Particularly heartbreaking are scenes where Einfeld’s young son asks why they can’t go visit his grandmother, and one in which a visitor catches a glimpse of scars where Einfeld cut herself on her inner arms. In the movie, which was originally made for broadcast on Israel television, Weinfeld has left her community just weeks before, after breaking free of an engagement that her parents forced her into. Her sense of abandonment by her parents, and her vulnerability, is heartrending.
A young, more Modern Orthodox rabbi, Avi Poupko, is also featured as he tries to distribute leaflets on one of the Mehadrin buses and explain that nowhere in Torah is it written that men and women must be separated in public. He gets shouted down by angry hasidic men, and all but physically tossed out a window.…
Nothing has been more destructive to Jewish women than haredism, especially the hasidic variant of haredism.*
How odd that a movement which briefly had a female leader – Eidel, the daughter of the Ba'al Shem Tov – would turn into one of the most misogynistic movements on the face of this earth.
* Chabad, largely because of its missionary activity, is much more egalitarian than other haredi and hasidic groups.