Joshua Z Weinstein / US, 2017 / 82 min.
AThe feature film debut of documentarian Joshua Z Weinstein is an affectionate story about Menashe, a Hasidic widower played by internet comedian Menashe Lustig. The story is loosely based on Lustig’s own life. Menashe’s wife having died, the Hasidic community is pushing him to remarry or else send his son Rieven to live with his more prosperous and successfully married brother-in-law, in accordance with the Hasidic tradition that forbids a child growing up in a motherless home.
Weinstein deftly alternates humorous and emotive scenes and provides a window into the tightly-knit Hasidic community of Borough Park in New York.
Joshua Z Weinstein
The films featured in Eye’s Previously Unreleased programme were screened at major national and international festivals, but were never released to Dutch cinemas. This year, too, Eye brings a choice of films previously selected for international festivals to Dutch film audiences to redress the balance.