Benjamin, a boy bullied for his Jewish faith, takes up boxing as a means of self-defense, alienating himself from his religious community. As an adult caught between two worlds, his desperation to provide for his family becomes the catalyst for a devastating series of events that ensures he may never find the acceptance he has always craved.

93 minutes
David Leon

Shown at

  1. Jewish Film Festival Berlin - 2010
  2. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. Tuscaloosa Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  4. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015

3 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:


    With his career going from strength to strength Leon embarked upon his debut feature Orthodox with a stellar cast comprised of Stephen Graham, Michael Smiley and Christopher Fairbank. Orthodox sees the character of Benjamin grow up in an orthodox Jewish community who is bullied for his religion. Benjamin takes to boxing as a form of self-defense but his faith towards different communities pulls him in different directions causing him to make several devastating life choices. While the film doesn’t officially hit cinemas until the New Year Orthodox premiered last night at the 19th Jewish Film Festival in London.


  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    David Leon developing ‘The Albatross’ with Ingenious

    Ingenious Media, which funded Orthodox and have worked on films such as LFF-opener Suffragette and the forthcoming US remake of Secret In Their Eyes, are providing development financing for the project.


  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    David Leon’s hard-hitting new film, Orthodox, has its premiere at last year’s UK Jewish International Film Festival before its general release on the 19th of February.


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