14th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival  March 28 – April 8, 2019


A gentle human comedy
– The New York Times


Sunday, March 25, 2:00 PM
Yiddish Book Center, Amherst

Set within the ultra-Orthodox community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. One of the only films 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.  

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

Documentary | 2017 | 82 minutes
USA, Israel | Yiddish with subtitles
Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein



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