In Satmar Custody (2005)




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Yahia Jaradi and his wife, Lauza Jaradi, were an Orthodox Jewish couple living in Yemen who were contemplating emigrating to Israel before they were approached by representatives of the Satmars, an ultra Orthodox and anti-Zionist sect based in upstate New York. The Jaradis were told that they would face difficulty and moral treachery in Israel, while employment and education were available to them within the Satmar community. The Jaradis took this advice and came to Rockland County, NY, but once they arrived, Yahia discovered the job available for him was soliciting donations from Jewish families around the country by phone, while the Satmars' schooling covered only Yiddish and the Torah. Yahia and Lauza were already having second thoughts about their decision to join the Satmars when the youngest of their five children, ten-month-old Hadiyah, died suddenly. While the Jadaris were adamant that the death was the result of a fall, local police suspected child abuse, and stripped them of custody of the rest of their children pending trial. The Satmars did not come to the couple's defense, but instead took the children, who the parents believed were being used as part of another fundraising project. Nitzan Gilady, a Israeli filmmaker of Yemen origin, disguised himself as an Orthodox Jew and made his way into the Satmar enclave in Rockland County in order to film In Satmar Custody, a documentary which looks at the Jaradi case and their ongoing conflict with the leaders of the Satmar group.
Documentary , Special Interest , Faith & Spirituality
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Critic Reviews for In Satmar Custody

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Nitzan Gilady's modest, disturbing documentary tells the story of a couple recruited by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect to move from Yemen to the United States.

Full Review… | April 6, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Infuriating, but not for the reason filmmakers want it to be.

April 6, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Chilling and thoroughly engrossing.

Full Review… | April 5, 2005
Village Voice
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As a case study of a particular immigrant family's experience, it's a chilling demonstration of the pitfalls lurking along the road to the American dream.

Full Review… | April 11, 2005
TV Guide

Eye-opening documentary about a family that undergoes an awful domestic tragedy after moving from Yemen to a New York community dominated by an ultraorthodox, ultrastrict Judaic sect that considers Israel a bitter enemy.

Full Review… | April 7, 2005
Christian Science Monitor

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