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In the first American 21st century Yiddish language film, Menashe, a good-hearted but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk, struggles against tradition to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away.  A rare inside illumination of New York’s notoriously secretive ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, this film provides a compelling portrait of a father trying to do the best for his beloved son.  As filmgoers, we learn about a different culture while appreciating the universality of Menashe’s story, which is based on the life of its star, Menashe Lustig, a liberal Hasid.  The film will be followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Sruli Dresdner.    

“Menashe is a quiet triumph, pulling back when other films would go too far, delivering an engaging drama of intimate detail and considerable humanity.” the Guardian Review

“Incredibly special” Roger Ebert Review

“ (A) thoughtful beautiful film” Newsday



Film Details

Drama / Dir:Joshua Z Weinstein / Starring:Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborsk  / USA/ 2017 / Yiddish w/ Eng ST / 82 min


Sundance Festival; Berlin International Film Festival; Boston Jewish Film Festival; Jury Prize Deauville Film Festival; Visionary Award Sarasota Film Festival; Cleveland International Film Festival





Nickelodeon Cinema

1 Temple Street,
Portland, Portland, ME


Thursday, March 15, 6:00pm



Running Time

82 minutes