Standing Silent

, 2011

SCreened at —

JIFF 2012 - Panel discussion with Manny Waks and Zeddy Lawrence

Phil Jacobs, editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times, has begun writing and publishing a series of articles about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. He has found what he believes to be clear evidence that several respected rabbis have been able to avoid arrest and recrimination due to the control they wield over the community. Fear blankets the orthodox community, creating an impenetrable wall of silence impossible to break through.

Until now.

Phil Jacobs’ bravery not only exposes the perpetrators, but allows the survivors to find a voice which, until now, has been silent. Jacobs fights the orthodox establishment to bring to light the pain and suffering of hundreds of survivors. At the same time he reveals a deep, personal truth which takes the story to a remarkable climax.

“What you really see is an unusual level of trust and access and a great deal of sensitivity” Thom Powers, artistic director at DOC NYC

Australian Premiere

84 min / English

Director — Scott M. Rosenfelt & Malachi Leopold