MENASHE
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Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe--a kind, hapless grocery store clerk-- struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted, and one of the only movies entirely in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that 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. (USA/Israel, 2016, 82 min., Yiddish with English subtitles, PG, DCP | Dir. Joshua Z. Weinstein)