Directed by: David Volach
Countries & Regions: Israel
Length: 76 mins
Released: 12 April 2010
Cat No: ART481DVD
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My Father My Lord
Understated Israeli drama studying the family life of ultra-orthodox rabbi Abraham Eidelmann (Assi Dayan). Unreservedly devoted to his... Read More
Winner of the top jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, this is an intimate portrait of life amongst a family of Haredi Jews. It was made by writer and director David Volach, who grew up within this ultra-Orthodox community before rejecting it as an adult. As such, the film is both sympathetic towards its characters while also being quietly scathing of the stifling laws under which they live.
It centres around young Menahem Eidelmann, the son of the local rabbi, a much revered religious leader who is so immersed in his faith that he has become estranged from his own family. When they take a trip to the Dead Sea, this neglect will have tragic consequences for Menahem..
It's a slight story that gains its power from sensitive performances and subtly potent imagery that makes a change in the light on a beach feel like the most devastating moment of loss.