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10/03/2006
Big screen Yiddish film by: Leslie Bunder
FILED UNDER DAILY JEWS >> Arts
A Gesheft
A Gesheft

The first full length Yiddish movie for over 50 years is now out on DVD and hopes to make it on to the Jewish film festival circuit.

A Gesheft (The Deal), a 90-minute film produced by two orthodox Jewish brothers from New York and filmed in Monsey which is home to a Hassidic Jewish community is about a yeshiva boy dropout and how he redeems himself.

The film blends action with a hint of comedy and was made by its cast and crew without any previous experience.

"We decided that religious Jews needed their own movies far from the dangerous influence of Hollywood," said Mendy Kirsh. "There's no treyf in this movie!"

By day Mendy is a estate agent while his brother Yakov is a bookkeeper.

While the whole film is acting in Yiddish by the Jewish characters, the non-Jews who speak English have their lines subtitled in Yiddish.

And in keeping it frum, there are no women in the movie.

In explaining the reason, the filmmakers say: "You won't find any women in this movie. Orthodox Jewish men aren't allowed to be entertained by female actors or even hear a female voice. The only mention of a woman in the film is when the main character's wife is taken to the hospital on a stretcher. She is played by a male actor covered head to toe with a white sheet."

For more information: www.agesheft.com

 
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