Director gives behind-the-scenes look at Yiddish-language film ‘Menashe’ - Arts & Features

Director gives behind-the-scenes look at Yiddish-language film ‘Menashe’

Kathy Shayna Shocket | Contributing Writer | Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:22 am

“Menashe” is an insightful and moving portrait set within Brooklyn’s Chasidic community and is the first full-length film in Yiddish to hit the big screen in 70 years. The story behind the film is just as engaging.

“Menashe” is based on the true story of Menashe Lustig, a Chasidic grocery clerk struggling to maintain custody of his 9-year-old son after his wife dies. Inspired by the widower’s story amid his tradition-bound culture, which requires that a mother be present in every home, the movie sheds light on the very private Chasidic community.

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