Featuring a discussion with Film Director Joshua Weinstein on the joys and challenges of capturing Hasidic life in making Menashe. What happens when the imperatives of fatherhood run up against the rules in a tradition-bound Hasidic community requiring a mother to be present in every home? When grocery store clerk Menashe Lustig’s wife dies, his Rabbi grants him one week to spend with his son, Rieven, prior to the memorial.
What follows is a compelling look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a deeply private community.
Shot in secret within a Borough Park Hasidic enclave, performed in Yiddish and based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star, Menashe is a deeply moving mediation on family, love, connection and community.
In Yiddish with English subtitles.
The discussion will be led and moderated by Stewart Crane and Gerry Gartenberg.
The film is available on Netflix and must be viewed ahead of time. View trailer.
Members see Weekly Calendar, dedicated email or Members side of the website for Zoom discussion pre-registration link.