Netflix is partnering with the Academy Award nominated duo Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady and will release their documentary One Of Us. The film is a look into the world of Hasidic Judaism. Grady and Ewing spent three years shooting the film vérité style, tracking the lives of three individuals and their decision to leave the ultra-Orthodox community.
Ewing and Grady have previously found acclaim for their documentaries Detropia, Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You, which was the opening night selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and Jesus Camp, the latter another similar style documentary focusing on an evangelical Christian community.
In a joint statement, the filmmakers said:
“Ten years after making Jesus Camp we return to another fascinating world anchored in belief and belonging. Our main subjects may be leaving the intense strictures of the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, but they’re also grappling with a universal human dilemma: that the cost of freedom can also mean losing the only community they’ve ever known”.
Netflix have pursued many documentaries for their library, with 13th, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and The Square all gaining Oscar nominations, while The White Helmets, the story of volunteer rescue workers in Syria, won Best Documentary Short at this year’s awards.
Grady and Ewing have proved themselves to be great practitioners of documentary filmmaking, and if their earlier work is anything to go by, One Of Us has every chance of being another documentary hit for Netflix as they strive to work their way up the film distribution ladder.