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Joshua Z. Weinstein
USA 2017 / 82’
Makala Photon

Menashe Lustig is unhappy. His wife dies, and according to societal rules, a single man is not allowed to raise a child. As a result, his son is placed in the care of a wealthy but despotic uncle, which condemns Menashe to solitude and the need to search for a new companion-not to mention desperate attempts to prove to the world that he is able to take care of his child while remaining faithful to tradition. The tightly framed images and moving camera (almost like the canonical-nomen est omen-The Son by the Dardenne brothers) reveal the cinematographic experience and documentary background of young New Yorker Joshua Z. Weinstein, making his first feature film. The use of amateur actors, original locations, and the absence of music add a sense of authenticity and intensify the film's emotional power. Menashe was the first film shot in Brooklyn's Hasidic community since the war, and it is almost entirely in Yiddish. It was a winner of the US in Progress program (American Film Festival 2016).

Urszula Śniegowska


Nashville Film Festival 2017 - Lipscomb Ecumenical Prize; Sarasota Film Festival 2017 - Terry Porter Visionary Award

Joshua Z. Weinstein

Born in 1983 in New York City, USA. He studied film at Boston University. In addition to directing his own films, he also works as a director of photography. Following three documentaries, Menashe is his first full-length feature film.

Selected filmography

2008 Flying On One Engine (doc.)

2012 Drivers Wanted (doc.)

2012 I Beat Mike Tyson (short, doc.)

2017 Menashe

Cast & Crew

director Joshua Z. Weinstein
screenplay Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, Joshua Z. Weinstein
cinematography Yoni Brook, Joshua Z. Weinstein
editing Scott Cummings
cast Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborski
producer Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Chris Columbus, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz
sales Mongrel Media
language Yiddish
colouration colour