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Joshua Z Weinstein

  • U

  • 82 mins

  • 2017

  • USA

  • Yiddish

Menashe Lustig

  • Director of Photography: Yoni Brook, Joshua Z Weinstein

  • Editor: Scott Cummings

  • Produced by: Alex Lipschultz, Traci Carlson, Danny Finkelman, Joshua Z Weinstein, Yoni Brook

  • Screenplay by: Joshua Z Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed

Director Bio

Joshua Z Weinstein

Director Bio

Joshua Z Weinstein directed the feature documentaries Drivers Wanted and Flying on One Engine. His recent director of photography credits include Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Code of the West, and the forthcoming Bikini Moon.  Weinstein has been nominated for a Cannes Lion for his advertising work. Menashe marks his debut as a director of narrative fiction.


In the ultra-Orthodox world of a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, strict religious traditions frown upon a child growing up in a home without a mother. By ignoring the precedent, Menashe risks ostracisation from the community he loves; worse, his son Rieven could even be refused access to school. Blessed with impressive depth and a warm touch of humour, this sympathetic glimpse into the life of a community rarely depicted on screen is a fascinating and heartfelt study of fatherhood versus religious duty.

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