DIRECTED BY Joshua Z. Weinstein

Language: Yiddish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 81min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Special Presentation

A deeply affecting drama of family and belonging, the fiction feature debut of veteran documentarian Joshua Z Weinstein ushers us into a cloistered world rarely seen in movies—while simultaneously telling a story infused with timeless quandaries and universal truths.

Set in New York’s orthodox Hasidic Jewish community and performed entirely in Yiddish, Menashe hews close to its eponymous protagonist, a grocery store clerk reeling from the recent death of his wife and struggling to retain relations with his young son. Because tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, Menashe must cede custody to a relative. His rabbi, however, grants Menashe one week to connect with his son—a week during which Menashe is determined to prove himself a worthy parent.

Menashe will be preceded by the Oscar-nominated short documentary, Joe’s Violin, with producer Raphaela Neihausen in attendance.

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Director: Joshua Z. Weinstein
Producer: Alex Lipschultz, Traci Carlson, Joshua Z Weinstein, Danny Finkelman, Yoni Brook
Screenwriter: Joshua Z. Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed
Executive Producer: Danelle Eliav, Adam Margules, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus

Music: Dag Rosenqvist, Aaron Martin
Editor: Scott Cummings

Cast: Menashe Lustig

Joshua Z. Weinstein

Joshua Z. Weinstein is a New York filmmaker. His credits as cinematographer include Give Up Tomorrow (11) and Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (13). His directorial credits include Flying on One Engine (08) and Drivers Wanted (12). Menashe (17) is his first fiction feature film.

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