Invites audiences into the insular world of Hasidic New York via a character they won't soon forget, memorably embodied by first-timer Menashe Lustig.
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Deep in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe, a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial. It’s his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.

Performed entirely in Yiddish, Menashe uses intimate, handheld camerawork to drop us inside and humanize a hermetically sealed world of Heredi, working-class men debating in crowded shuls or seeking counsel in the rabbi’s library. And yet Menashe is in many ways an outsider in this tight-knit circle, as he bucks convention and ruffles feathers to stay true to himself.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 9.01.17 - 9.07.17
Music Hall, 9.01.17 - 9.14.17
Claremont 5, 8.18.17 - 8.24.17
Town Center 5, 8.04.17 - 9.07.17
Playhouse 7, 8.04.17 - 9.04.17
Royal, 7.28.17 - 8.31.17
Rated PG This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Web Site: https://lajfilmfes...
Runtime: 81 min
Language: Yiddish

Director: Joshua Weinstein
Producer(s): Alex Lipschultz
Writer(s): Alex Lipschultz, Joshua Weinstein
Cast: Menashe Lustig
FEATURED REVIEW: Claudia Puig, The Wrap
They’ve given us the sweetest taboo: “Menashe” is a fascinating, poignant and rare glimpse into the world of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, starring members of the Hasidic community. Since much of modern life — including most films — are forbidden in H...