Last year SYR and I attended a screening of The Yankles, a movie written by Zev Brooks and directed by David Brooks. We wrote at the time:
The Yankles is a delightful movie sure to make you laugh while warming your heart.
[..]We loved its sympathetic portrayal of the charedi world. It showed that in spite of what many might think, ultra-orthodox chassidic Jews are human like everyone else; though they may not mix easily with others outside their fold, their zest for life, their emotions are practically in-distinguished from the rest of society. I found it remarkably gratifying that the Brooks brothers, sons of a Conservative rabbi, would be so positive in their outlook of charedim. The movie combined some superb humorous moments, some touching scenes, some slices of human struggle and eventual triumph, with an uplifting message. The evening was fun and it proved that quite often the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.
We meant it then, we still mean it now, after re-watching it on DVD. The movie has won many prestigious awards, and it will be playing in Brooklyn – starting tonight, for a limited engagement – at the Kent Theater (1170 Coney Island Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11230 – 718.338-.3371). Not only will you thoroughly enjoy The Yankles, but you will also be helping young cinematographers produce more movies with a Jewish twist.
You can watch the trailer, here.
Go the the Kent Theater tonight and enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!