Dir: Joshua Z. Weinstein

United States of America (USA)


82 mins



Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborski

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein  makes the transition to narrative features with this remarkable, delicate and critically acclaimed account of an ultra-orthodox Jewish widower trying to maintain custody of his son.

In the centre of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe – a kind,  albeit hapless, grocery store clerk – is struggling through life in the aftermath of his wife Leah’s death. Tradition requires that his son Rieven be raised in a house with a mother, so his late wife’s strict brother adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. But Menashe’s rabbi allows him to keep Rieven at home with him for the week before Leah’s memorial, giving him a chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.

Shot covertly in the Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community with winning, unself-conscious performances by a largely non-professional cast, this charming film is the first in roughly seventy years to be performed entirely in Yiddish, offering a valuable and authentic insight into this most insular and private of worlds.

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0203 141 3440


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