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Harrowing and heartbreaking, One of Us offers an intimate, revealing glimpse inside a notoriously private community and those who would dare defy it.
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They had no interest in making an "objective documentary," although I doubt the Hasidim would have made themselves available to two women with a camera and their own hair.
One of Us offers a rare window into a highly insular community that is often misunderstood, or tacitly sanctioned for fear of stoking anti-semitism.
This is complex and often explosive subject matter, and in examining it, the excellent team of Ewing and Grady tread as carefully as they can.
It's fascinating, but it feels incomplete.
Yet though none of the subjects, connected to different degrees to the Satmar sect, regrets leaving and joining the wider world, their after stories as well as their before ones touch on loneliness, insecurity and even trauma.
As a documentary, "One of Us" is a small act of portraiture, but each portrait captures the pain of having a life upended.
Ewing and Grady impart no judgement, but rather allow their subjects to reveal a self composed critique of the Hasidic community in which they were raised via an anxiously tailing camera that acts as both fly on the wall and confessional.
Filmmakers like Heidi and Rachel, are examples of why more female directors are needed.
[Etty] is not only the standout subject of the triptych, but her courage and the film's portrayal of her transition into general society makes the whole thing a must-see.
One of Us gives us a peek inside a mostly isolated world, and through it we learn that it has all the same problems.
One of Us is a heartbreaking and devastating documentary
So much remains unresolved that when coupled with an inability to delve into the interior world of the Hasidic community makes for an unfinished, unsatisfying film.
Although it loses momentum and becomes repetitious in its second half, this is a solid and very interesting documentary that works as a nice companion piece to Jesus Camp, as it also offers us a disturbing - and even terrifying - look at the harmful side of religion.
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