Dir Yolande Zauberman
The “M” of the title is Menahem Lang, who returns to the ultra-Orthodox Israeli community of his youth to confront a rapist and find solidarity with other victims. As a child, Lang was celebrated for his kindness, his commitment to the Talmud school and a golden voice, becoming a renowned performer of liturgical chants. But he was also raped systematically by religious elders. He left Bneï Brak at the age of 20 to campaign to expose the pedophilia in his community. Now 35, a cantor, but still traumatised, he returns to a city that he in many ways still loves, driving around Bneï Brek, often at night, to confront some of his rapists. Special jury prize at Locarno Film Festival.
Director Yolande Zauberman | 2018 | France | 105 mins | Yiddish, Hebrew, English dialogue
“Revelatory, thought-provoking documentary quietly breaks down barriers and challenges taboos…” – Screen –