CITY OF JOEL
Documentary Feature | 83 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/5/2018 and 10/7/2018
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Directed By
Jesse Sweet

Produced By
Jesse Sweet
Federico Rosenzvit
Hannah Olson

Written By
Jesse Sweet
Federico Rosenzvit


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World Premiere

2018 | English/Yiddish | USA

50 miles north of New York City lies the town of Monroe, where one of the fastest-growing Hasidic communities in the country thrives deep within the Hudson Valley. As the 25,000+ population within the village of Kiryas Joel looks to expand their city, the neighboring villages of non-Hasids see the encroaching community as a burgeoning power grab, leading to an increasingly tense standoff between locals. Shot over several years with seemingly boundless access, Emmy®-winning director Jesse Sweet’s documentary observes the simmering tensions that have come to define the community of Monroe, and the myriad ways in which the town’s divide echoes the country’s as well.

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