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A LIFE APART: Hasidism in America

 

Director - Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky
Run Time - 95 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD, color
Year - 1997
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interest- American Studies, Anthropology, Jewish Studies, Urban Studies

 

Institutional DVD Price: $195

 
 
 

In this extraordinarily intimate film, seven years in the making, we are taken into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. With their use of the Yiddish language, their distinctive clothes and their strict observance to Jewish ritual and law, the Hasidim are considered by many an insular people with little connection to mainstream America. And yet their values are those that many Americans find most precious: family, community and a life of meaning.

 

Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker.

 

"Startlingly intimate!" - New York Post

"Beautiful, mysterious and mesmerizing." -San Francisco Bay Guardian