“Jesus Camp” and “Detropia” documentarian duo Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady return to familiar territory in their latest feature, a Netflix original that will premiere this week at TIFF before going on to the streaming giant later this fall. The new film sees the pair going inside yet an insular community, all in hopes of illuminating without judgement.
Filmed over the course of three years, the film follows a trio of Hasidic Jews, all struggling to break away from the only world they’ve ever known. From actor Luzer, still reeling from the effects of leaving the fold nearly a decade earlier, to teenager Ari, haunted by years of abuse, the film turns a sensitive eye on its subjects and their struggles. But its housewife Etty, a mother of seven who initially seeks to leave her violent husband before discovering the shocking fallout of her choice, that will likely set audiences alight.
“We’ve never looked so forward to sharing a film with audiences before, especially because we believe that ‘One of Us’ hits on universal themes that so many people can identify with,” Grady and Ewing recently told IndieWire. “What are the benefits of being part of a tightknit community? What are the drawbacks? And what happens to people when they remove themselves from (or are forcibly removed from) their inner circles?”
They added, “For the past three years we have been grappling with these questions as we followed three brave individuals into the unknown. We’ve never opened a film at TIFF before which adds to our anticipation and we are so curious to hear how audiences react to the riveting story of Etty, Luzer and Ari.”
Check out our exclusive trailer and poster for “One of Us” below. The film launches October 20 in select theaters and globally on Netflix, following a World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.