MENASHE: An intimate glimpse into a world seldom seen

Fri 18 Aug, 2017

Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.

A film by Joshua Z. Weinstein
Cast: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz

US | 2017 | 82 min | Drama | Rated PG
Yiddish with English subtitles

Screenplay: Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, Joshua Z Weinstein
Producer(s): Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz
Cinematography: Yoni Brook, Joshua Z Weinstein
Editing: Scott Cummings

2017 Miami Film Festival:
Official selection
2017 Cleveland International Film Festival: Official Selection
2017 Dallas International Film Festival: Official Selection
2017 Jerusalem Film Festival: Official Selection
2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival: Official Selection

“Weinstein’s charming Menashe immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold onto the son he loves.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter | full review

“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.” – Peter Debruge, Variety | full review

“The film winds up compelling both from a cultural and sociological angle and as a universal story of a parent yearning to be with his son.” – Claudia Puig, The Wrap | full review

“It offers us a first-person view into a completely different community, but relates to us with the universal dread that we’re bound to fail, sooner than later.” – Nick Allen, | full review

“The real strength of Menashe lies with its ability to be a fly on the wall of a fragile existence that can take any number of unexpected turns.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire | full review

MDC’s Tower Theater
1508 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33135

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