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One of Us

This documentary follows the stories of 3 very different people who chose to leave the very conservative Hasidic Jewish community. One is a young mother of 7 children; the second an 18-year-old man; and the third, a 20-something Uber driver who moved to Los Angeles to try to start his acting career. Each had his or her own reasons for leaving and consequences resulting from that decision. What was most intriguing to me was following their experience of feeling “lost” after having spent their entire lives in a very closed community. There is a support group called Footsteps dedicated solely to those who have left the community. Thumbs up for a film that unfortunately does not delve too deeply into the Hasidic community practices itself but still provides a remarkable insight into the loneliness and isolation that results from suddenly be thrust into a culture you know very little about.

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