Menashe U

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This film was last shown on 14 December 2017

Shot in secret entirely within New York’s Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe is one of the only films to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years. A warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community - Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son after his wife passes away. The tradition-bound culture requires a mother present in every home and father and son are threatened with separation. When his Rabbi decides to grant them one more week to spend together, their time reunited creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offering Menashe a final chance to prove to his sceptical community that he can be a capable parent.  Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.  

Yiddish with subtitles


Joshua Z Weinstein
82 mins
Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski, Yoel Falkowitz

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