Menashe

reż. Joshua Z Weinstein, USA 2017, 82’

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. Menashe follows a father trying to maintain custody of his son after his wife passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, the boy is supposed to be adopted by his strict, married uncle. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a chance to prove that he can be a capable parent. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community in Brooklyn, depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years.

Berlinale 2017, Sundance FF 2017, Nowe Horyzonty 2017, Jerusalem FF 2017, Los Angeles JFF 2017

Language: Yiddish. Subtitles: Polish, English 26 November, SUNDAY, POLIN Museum, 8:20pm