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In this film, documentarian Pearl Gluck chronicles her Hasidic Jewish upbringing and her subsequent, more secular life as a Manhattanite. Gluck then documents her return trip to her old neighborhood, where she tries to reconcile with her devout father, who hopes that she will move back to Brooklyn. Gluck strikes an on-camera compromise with her dad, and agrees to trek to Hungary in order to find a long-lost family heirloom -- a couch that many notable rabbis have crashed on.

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Frank London
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Pearl Gluck
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  • Aug 09, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]In the documentary, "Divan", Pearl Gluck tells the story of a couch but it is no ordinary couch. As the story goes, in 1879 Hungary, a Hasidic Rebbe is looking for a place to rest for the night and is offered a couch by a poor family. In the morning, he mentions the roughness of the couch and the poor family finds a treasure in the couch which they use to build a synagogue.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Pearl Gluck has a doozy of a couch story of her own to tell in this poignant and heartfelt documentary which uses that story as a starting point to explore Hasidic culture, specifically the Hasidic enclave of Boro Park in Brooklyn.(As a child, Gluck was raised in a Hasidic household but left with her mother when her parents divorced.) She receives a grant to collect Hasidic stories in Hungary. While there she looks for the above mentioned couch and makes enquiries about bringing it back to the states, all the while filming her results.[/font]
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