MENASHE

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Director: Joshua Weinstein | USA / Israel | 2017 | Docu-Drama | Yidish | English Subtitles | 82 mins
Kindly supported by: the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong and the Consulate General of the United States, Hong Kong and Macau

Synopsis

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 and raise his young son Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone so the widower must battle for custody.

This unique and tender drama, loosely based on the life of the lead actor and performed entirely in Yiddish, intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.

A surprise critical hit at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.

Nominations & Awards:

Cleveland International Film Festival 2017
Nominated: Best American Independent Feature Film, Joshua Z Weinstein 

Dallas International Film Festival 2017
Nominated: Grand Jury Prize: Narrative Feature Competition, Joshua Z Weinstein 

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017
Nominated: Best International Feature Film, Joshua Z Weinstein

Jerusalem Film Festival 2017
Nominated: FIPRESCI Prize: International First Film, Joshua Z Weinstein
Nominated: The Lia Van Leer Award, Joshua Z Weinstein 

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2017
Nominated: Future/Now: Joshua Z Weinstein

Nashville Film Festival 2017
Winner: Lipscomb Ecumenical Prize: Joshua Z Weinstein

Sarasota Film Festival 2017
Winner: Terry Porter Visionary Award: Joshua Z Weinstein

Sundance Film Festival 2017
Nominated: Audience Award Best of Next!: Joshua Z Weinstein

T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland 2017
Nominated: Grand Prix International Competition: Joshua Z Weinstein

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