Feature Film Program


A loving Hasidic father struggles to maintain custody of his son after his wife passes away.

$15 at the door


Sat Jul 22 7:30 PM

The Film


Joshua Z Weinstein | U.S.A. | 81

Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community. An A24 release. Winner of the Rooftop Films Brigade Festival Publicity Grant.



BARMALJOVA is the lovechild of the vocalist Inna Barmash and violist/composer/arranger Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin. Ljova frequently performs with his ensemble Ljova and The Kontraband (in which Inna sings), and works on a multitude of musical projects, often involving film, orchestra, and contemporary dance. Among his close collaborators are Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, The Knights and Brooklyn Rider. Inna leads the New York-based Gypsy band Romashka (in which Ljova also plays) and recently released an album of “Yiddish Love Songs & Lullabies” as well as “Zing Along Shabes”, focusing on Sabbath songs.

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open
8:00 PM
Live Music by Barmaljova
8:30 PM
Film Begins
10:00 PM
Q&A with Filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein and Star Menashe Lustig
10:30 PM
After-party at DCTV (87 Lafayette St) sponsored by Corona Extra, Tanqueray and Fever-Tree Tonic
***Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be available at the door.***

No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be indoors at same location. No outside alcohol is permitted.


New Design High School

350 Grand St., New York, NY 10002

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