October 19, 2017 • 7:00 pm, 95 MIN
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

One of Us

Dirs. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2017

In their new documentary ONE OF US, acclaimed Academy-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP, DETROPIA) take a deep and moving look at the lives of three individuals who have chosen to leave the insular world of Hasidic Judaism. The film follows Etty, a mother of seven, who leaves a violent marriage and divorces her husband; Ari, a teenager who is struggling with addiction and the effects of childhood abuse; and Luzer, an actor who, despite having found some success in the secular world, still wrestles with his decision eight years earlier to leave the Hasidic community. Produced over three years, ONE OF US offers unique and intimate access to the lives of all three as they deal not only with questions of their beliefs but also with the consequences of leaving the only community they have ever known. With their trademark sensitivity and keen interest in the nature of faith, Ewing & Grady chronicle these journeys towards personal freedom that comes at a very high cost.

Post Screening Discussion with Rachel Grady (filmmaker) and Ruth Marcus (columnist, The Washington Post)