Menashe

November 15, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Event Category: Cinematheque Series
Admission: $12, Members $8.75

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Documentary director Joshua Z. Weinstein makes his feature debut with this “little slice of life, delivered with a knowing sense of truth. (Detroit News).”

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 while raising 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. Menashe is left heartbroken; to make matters worse, he seems to bungle every challenge in his path. When his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial, it gives Menashe one last chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.

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