Menashe


Synopsis

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 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 community 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 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.
Original Languages: Yiddish
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 82 Min.
Year: 2017

CREDITS

DIRECTED BY
Joshua Z Weinstein

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PHOTOS

Menashe Lustig (Menashe) & Ruben Niborski (Rieven). Photo credit: FEDERICA VALABREGA. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
MENASHE Director Joshua Z. Weinstein. Photo credit: Robin Holland. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Menashe Lustig (Menashe) & Ruben Niborski (Rieven). Photo credit: FEDERICA VALABREGA. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Ruben Niborski (Rieven). Photo credit: FEDERICA VALABREGA. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Ruben Niborski (Rieven) & Menashe Lustig (Menashe). Photo credit: FEDERICA VALABREGA. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Menashe Lustig (Menashe). Photo credit: FEDERICA VALABREGA. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Menashe Lustig (Menashe), director Joshua Z. Weinstein, and Ruben Niborski (Rieven). Photo credit: FEDERICA VALABREGA. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.