Performed entirely in Yiddish, a language not used in cinema for many decades, MENASHE follows a kind, hapless grocery store clerk as he strug­gles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. But in the wake of his wife Leah’s death, tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every chal­lenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven be­fore Leah’s memorial and a chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, August 11, 2017
Original Languages: Yiddish
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 82 min.
Year: 2017
Status: Completed


Menashe Lustig
Joshua Z Weinstein



Ruben Niborski (Rieven) & Menashe Lustig (Menashe). 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.