When he was a kid, Menahem Lang was known for his kindness, his commitment to Talmud school and especially his golden voice, which made him a renowned performer of liturgical chants. But he was hiding a secret: for years, he was raped by members of the community that worshipped him.
After 20 years, Menahem returns to the scene of the crime. It is also a return to the places he loved, a path of initiation sprinkled with incredible encounters, recovered rituals… a reconciliation.
- Special Jury Prize - Locarno Festival
- Bayard d’Or for Best Film - Francophone de Namur IFF
- Best Director Award - Sevilla IFF
- Best Documentary Film - César Awards
- Raphaël Lefèvre
- INDIE SALES
- CG CINEMA
Unstoppable director Yolande Zauberman competes at the Locarno Film Festival with her powerful new film, a portrait of a modern hero that offers no concessions.
Yolande Zauberman’ s revelatory, thought-provoking documentary quietly breaks down barriers and challenges taboos as it follows one man’s return to a community that left him with profound emotional scars.
Zauberman’s unobtrusive observational style brings its own rewards.
Born in Paris, and having studied art history and finance, Yolande Zauberman began working in cinema alongside director Amos Gitaï. In 1987 she directed her first documentary about Apartheid in South Africa, CLASSIFIED PEOPLE, which won numerous awards including the Grand Prix at the Paris Film Festival. Her second film, CASTE CRIMINELLE(1989), shot in India, was selected in Cannes. Four years later, she directed her first fiction film in YIDDISH, IVAN & ABRAHAM (1993), which received the Golden Fish at the Moscow Film Festival and the Youth Award in Cannes. Her 2011 film WOULD YOU HAVE SEX WITH AN ARAB was shown in Venice. Her most recent film, M (2018), was selected at the Locarno Festival.