Most Americans know little about Hasidism, the movement of Orthodox Jews who adhere to strict styles of dress and grooming and who are seldom found outside their own communities. The product of Jewish filmmakers of Hasidic background, A LIFE APART is a conventional but balanced
documentary that reveals these people as only an insider could.
Set primarily in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, A LIFE APART opens with footage of a traditional wedding for the daughter of a respected Rebbe, which includes a public parade. Prof. Arthur Hertzberg, who offers commentary throughout much of the film, notes that the Hasidim do not
consider themselves of any nation...