PG  |  1 hour 21 minutes • Archived

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Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, MENASHE, largely based on the life of its star Menashe Lustig, follows a kind grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife passes away. Due to the tradition-bound culture that requires a mother in every home, Rieven is due to be adopted by his uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to his wife's memorial, giving Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent. One of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Joshua Weinstein's film is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community.

Directed By

Joshua Z Weinstein

Written By

Joshua Z Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed


Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski


Yiddish with English subtitles, and some English

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