Reviewed bypik923Vote: 9/10/10
Well edited that is my first comment. Well edited and constructed as adocumentary film. An important story unlike many other stories ofinsular communities that fear the modern world and how it will affecttheir flock.
It does not include the young Hasidic man who left and trans into awoman. Perhaps that is a story that deserves its own documentary.
To the courageous men and women who step out of the circle and into theunknown, through their courage, desire, their wanting to let go ofsomething which for them is outdated, I am humbled by your beings.
The most important observation for me of this film which I relate toIsrael as a nation, we are a people who came from survivors, be it theEuropean holocaust or the holocaust Jews faced in the Sephardic andArab countries. Somehow for some reason we survive to carry on ourtradition of loving the One God.
And we are a damaged people who continually remember that in eachgeneration we must face potential persecution for our commitment andlove of God. We are an amazing people who through our love of God, inhowever we may express it continue to be on this planet even now withour own country and communities like this Hassidic community.
This is a film that should be screened in all schools around the world- an example of people wanting to live in freedom and yet are alwayshaunted by their desire to love and be Good to God.
Amen - bless you all and to those support groups who help peopletransition from one world to another.
Reviewed byMartinHaferVote: 9/10/10
"One of Us" is a documentary about some folks who have becomedisenchanted with the Hessidic Jewish community...a group in whichblind obedience is expected. For example, one lady was horribly abusedby her Hessidic husband...but the community has banded together tofight her in her attempt to retain custody of her kids. Another wasraped at a Hessidic camp as a child...and left because the communityrefused to take any action and the pedophile is still apparently inthis position! Another discontended man is shown...a man who had toliterally walk away from his wife and kids because he was not willingto blindly follow the group's every requirement...such as not readingbooks, using the internet or having anything else to do with theoutside world. The way the community work together to suppress thesefolks and disempower them is frightening...especially since localgovernment (New York City) seems unwilling to deal with the physicaland sexual abuse and the abuse of custody laws. Overall, a very sad anddepressing documentary that should be seen...as it shows a side ofAmerica that seems, well, un-American.
Reviewed byRaz MuzaVote: 9/10/10
I'm not Jewish but I have always found the lifestyle of the Hasidiccommunity in America fascinating. Does anyone know the name of therabbi who delivered the sermon at a Queens stadium in 2012 and where Imay find the complete speech? What was shown in the documentary wasjust a short clip.
Penetrating the insular world of New York's Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals driven to break away despite threats of retaliation.