Alexa Karolinski ist the co-creator and writer of the great Netflix miniseries Unorthodox.
The series focusses on 19 year old Esty, who slips away from her Orthodox community in Williamsburg. As Esty arrives in Berlin, she begins to explore the uncertain prospects of a new life and pursues an audition at the Berlin Music Conservatory.
Unorthodox is loosely based on Deborah Feldman's 2012 autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. It is also is the first Netflix series to be primarily in Yiddish.
Listen to Alexa talk about her way as a filmmaker, adapting the story of Deborah Feldman for the screen and getting all the details right. She also tells me why the reactions to Unorthodox make her feel positive about the world - something we can all need right now.
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