Freedom comes at a cost in Netflix’s Hasidic Judaism documentary One of Us

Matt Sayer 8 September 2017

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A chilling look at the cost of giving up everything you have for a fresh start.

Netflix revealed its latest documentary today, and once again, the streaming service is diving deep into a subject many would consider taboo. This time it's the Hasidic community, and the insular attitude that makes it all but impossible to leave the community once you're a part of it.

Following three young Jews who long to live their lives free of the religious demands of Hasidic Judaism, One of Us explores the hardships and sacrifices involved in cutting yourself off from a community that exists separate from the modern world. A mother risks losing her kids, a son is shunned by his mother and all three struggle to adapt to the fast-paced, technology-focused society most of us are so used to.

Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, the duo behind the critically acclaimed documentary Jesus Camp, One of Us comes to Netflix on 20 October.

In other documentary news, Lady Gaga's intimate expose is on its way to Netflix, and Facebook is getting in the ball game with a Lonzo Ball documentary series.


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