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Menashe

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

In advance - $13
‚ÄčAt the door - $15
KSDS choirs perform in the lobby beginning at 2:00 pm.
Panel discussion and Q & A with special guest speakers after movie. Meet actor, Ruben Niborski, KSDS alumn!

USA (2017)
Director: Joshua Z Weinstein
Yiddish with English subtitles, 82 min.

Set within the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Their tradition-bound culture dictates that a mother must be present in every home, requiring Rieven, to live with his married uncle’s family. Their rabbi agrees to grant Menashe one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. The father and son’s time together creates an emotional moment of bonding and offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.

Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic neighborhood depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds rare light on a notoriously private enclave. Based largely on the real life of its star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community. 

Read more about Menashe in a review by JMORE.

Co-presented with Krieger Schechter Day School.