Story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life abroad.


Anna Winger
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Series cast summary:
Shira Haas ...  Esther Shapiro 4 episodes, 2020
Amit Rahav ...  Yanky Shapiro 4 episodes, 2020
Jeff Wilbusch ...  Moishe Lefkovitch 4 episodes, 2020
Alex Reid ...  Leah Mandelbaum Schwartz 4 episodes, 2020
Ronit Asheri Ronit Asheri ...  Malka Schwartz 4 episodes, 2020
Delia Mayer ...  Miriam Shapiro 4 episodes, 2020
Dina Doron ...  Babby 4 episodes, 2020
David Mandelbaum David Mandelbaum ...  Zeidy 4 episodes, 2020
Gera Sandler ...  Mordecai Schwartz 4 episodes, 2020
Eli Rosen ...  Rabbi 4 episodes, 2020
Aaron Altaras ...  Robert 4 episodes, 2020
Tamar Amit-Joseph ...  Yael 4 episodes, 2020
Langston Uibel ...  Axmed 4 episodes, 2020
Safinaz Sattar Safinaz Sattar ...  Dasia 4 episodes, 2020
Felix Mayr Felix Mayr ...  Mike 4 episodes, 2020
Aziz Dyab Aziz Dyab ...  Salim 4 episodes, 2020
Isabel Schosnig ...  Nina 3 episodes, 2020
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ...  Karim 3 episodes, 2020
Michael Cohen-Weissert Michael Cohen-Weissert ...  Academy Conductor / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Harvey Friedman ...  Symcha Shapiro 2 episodes, 2020
Tal Hever Tal Hever ...  Aaron Shapiro 2 episodes, 2020
Ita Korenzecher ...  Rivka 2 episodes, 2020
Laura Beckner ...  Vivian 2 episodes, 2020
Noam Asheri Noam Asheri ...  Noam 2 episodes, 2020
Michal Birnbaum ...  Kallah Teacher 2 episodes, 2020
Melissa Weisz ...  Chaya 2 episodes, 2020
Dennenesch Zoudé ...  Sosena 2 episodes, 2020
Malky Goldman ...  Sheindi 2 episodes, 2020
Hildegard Schroedter ...  Academy Secretary 2 episodes, 2020
Lenn Kudrjawizki ...  Igor 2 episodes, 2020
Charles Rosen Ensemble Charles Rosen Ensemble ...  Academy Orchestra 2 episodes, 2020


The series follows a young woman brought up in an ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn's Williamsburg district who strikes out for Berlin, leaving behind an arranged marriage and tight-knit faith community in part to pursue her goal discovering her path.

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All the interior scenes were filmed in Berlin. See more »


In the Brooklyn apartment of the main couple, Esty and Yanky, their bathroom has a European style toilet (tank) because most of the series interiors were filmed in Berlin. See more »


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I spent a month in Williamsburg and it felt like a lifetime
13 April 2020 | by cordenwSee all my reviews

This is a very well made movie, breaking through the fiberglass batting insulation of the Hasidic community in Brooklyn, to help us understand the feeling we get when we walk through .

For the month I was there , not one single person of that particular costumed community said as much as a "good day" to me or even made eye contact. I felt like I was in (and in FACT I was in ) a foreign country.

I walked for miles and miles almost every day trying to understand what was giving me this feeling of being a complete alien... I've never been in a community like it in my life before.

It slowly dawned on me that this was the way the culture operates, outsiders are outsiders and there's no way they'll be allowed in.

As I got to the peripheries , close to Prospect Park, the oppressive weight started to lift as the Latino and Italian neighbourhoods smiled back at me and straightened me up.

How can two cultures be so different when they are so close together?

The story told in this series, about a young girl trying to escape the strictures of an arranged marriage, sounds as though it could apply to any of the young Jewish girls I saw pushing strollers with two or three kids hanging on to their apron strings.

It's hard not to be taken aback at the depth of control and the level of obedience imposed on both the men and the women of this sect but it obviously works for most of them, as the community seems to thrive.(Just look at the Amish Community if you want a reference point)

The acting is just superb and the director manages to evoke sympathy for the naive husband who, in a way, is trapped in the same unhappiness. The girl who plays the lead (Esty) is a wonderful actress who is able to go from beautiful young bride to-be, to a dowdy potential baby factory and back to a free young woman again and she does it convincingly.

The rest of the cast draws us in to the culture in a way that could never happen in real life but in the end you're no closer to understanding why it continues to be so different.

I really enjoyed the story and the portrayals, it has a bittersweet ending and I felt better for having watched it.

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Release Date:

26 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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