Friday, May 24, 2019
In Bnei Brak,
the world’s largest Jewish orthodox community,
the most insidious secret of rabbis molesting young yeshiva school-attending boys. It is a
cycle that one of victim wants to bring out into the open and end it. Menachem
talks openly to other men about it and discovers he’s not alone. How some families react when they find out is appalling.
He also has candid conversations with men about sexual habits within the
community. He seeks reconciliation with his abuser, but that rabbi literally
hides behind curtains. This film proves
sexual predators are rampant in this community, and that it takes a singing
hero like Menachem to reveal the ugly truth. The film went on too long and
scenes were not flowing into one another. Israel
Sunday, May 12, 2019
| photo as it appears in poster adn program|
by Lence Andonova
One little girl though form the get-go did in a way far more magical than the lead actor. She stole the show. Sadly, this 1 p.m. May 12th, Sunday performance on Mother’s Day showcased a non-dynamic performance that could have been so interactive with the audience. It as a wasted opportunity for the little ones, and they soon got very restless. I loved the wooden carvings and the colourful pieces at different stations, but a performance for children must include them. Listed for ages 2 to 4, I felt that a two-year-old would have started crying either dying to go up and play with the pieces or get out of hall. Emmanuelle Lizère was the lead actor and played cello. Elham Manouchehri on tar with her own vocals in Farsi was compelling. Philippe Leroux was the visual artist, and Lenche Andonova was in change of direction and installation.