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A Documentary short filmed in Southern California
The short documentary film is about a group of Jewish Senior citizens who celebrate the weekly Sabbath (Shabbat) at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant with Hebrew blessings along with burgers and fries.
The friends usher in the Sabbath – called by its Hebrew name, Shabbat – by candlelight, with challah bread and grape juice (no wine at Wendy's) to complement their chicken nuggets and fries. Shabbat is typically observed at home with family, but here these seniors share in the celebration of their religion at Wendy’s. The Wendy’s staff, somewhat tickled and honored to be the site of such ritual, arrange the restaurant tables into a long row and prepare milkshakes for each attendee.
This is a story of rediscovering the joys of community again in older age, and in the longing for ritual, however unorthodox it may appear. There are themes of love, of ritual and of community -- all within the context of an adorable scene at Wendy’s
Wendy’s Shabbat is a film property created, developed and owned by 3 Penny Design, CA Corp, an independent production company. 3 Penny has no association with, ownership by, nor control by The Wendy’s Company. Wendy’s has provided no funding of this project.