Menashe Lustig as Menashe, with Ruben Niborski. 'I was just blown away by this portly, funny comedian,' says the director. Photograph: Federica Valabrega

Made on a micro-budget, shot guerilla-style over two years, and performed almost entirely in Yiddish by non-professional actors, Menashe is a warm and(...)

Menashe  offers outsiders a chance to puzzle over the fascinating mess of influences that form the Yiddish tongue

A tension often reveals itself when film-makers go among isolated social enclaves. There is often an urge to show that such people are “just like the (...)