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. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film. 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 unusual light on
a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.

Nathan Neumer and Eli Gorn

Festivals and Awards

  • Jury Prize - Director Joshua Z. Weinstein - Deauville Film Festival
  • Lipscomb Ecumenical Prize - Director Joshua Z. Weinstein – Nashville Film Festival
  • Terry Porter Visionary Award - Director Joshua Z. Weinstein – Sarasota Film Festival

Screening Details

Film Info

DirectorJoshua Z. Weinstein
Runtime 82 min
LanguageYiddish with English subtitles
Genre , ,