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Minyan

Country: USA, Language: English, 113 mins

  • Director: Eric Steel
  • Producer: Luca Borghese; Ben Howe

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For a Jewish prayer community or “minyan” to be able to hold a service, it must consist of at least ten practising Jews. David, who was born into a Russian immigrant family, is 17 years old and regularly helps out at minyans in Brighton Beach, a district of New York that is characterised by Jewish life. His father, a former boxing coach, his mother and his beloved grandfather all take this for granted. But David, who is just starting to tentatively explore life in the East Village gay scene, gradually begins to question the strict rules of his community and makes friends with two elderly gay Jews. At the same time, David’s sexual awakening cannot help but be affected by the emergence of HIV and AIDS.

Director Eric Steel sets his sensitive portrait of a gay Jewish youth in the as yet un-gentrified, roughshod New York of the 1980s. In his feature film debut, he depicts unobtrusively and with quiet humour how one young man squares social attributions – immigrant, Jew, homosexual – with his own feelings and learns to define them anew.


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Cast & Characters

Brooke Bloom as Rachel
Chinaza Uche
Richard Topol as Zalman
Zane Pais
Samuel H. Levine
Elizabeth Loyacano as Mrs. Namovsky
Christopher McCann
Sacha Seberg as Mr. Z
Julie Zanata
Eli Rosen
Amir Levy as Russian Driver