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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.

"Weinstein has created a subtly powerful work of human drama, driven by the charismatic, if frustrating, man at its center." — David Sims, The Atlantic


Thursday, October 19, 2017 (All day)


Village East Cinema
189 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003


(212) 529-6998