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Latter Day Jew

Country: USA, Language: English, 85 mins

  • Director: Aliza Rosen

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This charming, droll, and sometimes moving documentary is built around the personality of comedian and podcaster H. Alan Scott, who is preparing for his bar mitzvah - at age 30. A gay ex-Mormon - and former St. Louisan - who has only recently joined the Jewish faith, Scott is a vivacious but self-effacing character with real charisma. The film features an abundance of funny, semi-confessional footage of Scott awkwardly interfacing with his new religion: attending bar mitzvah classes with junior-high kids, learning Hebrew with a tutor, making a pilgrimage to Israel. There’s also plenty of party planning, with Scott jetting around to recruit family and friends to be involved in the event - several scenes were shot in Kirkwood - and occasional side trips to speak to other Jewish figures, including an interesting segment with a Reformed Jewish trans-woman educator and activist. Although spending time with Scott is always hugely enjoyable, there are also some genuinely poignant moments, particularly involving his mom.


Trailer...

Latter Day Jew, a film by Aliza Rosen from Latter Day Jew on Vimeo.

Cast & Characters

H. Alan Scott