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Ultra-Orthodox: Rabbi Akiva’s Journey to Freedom

Biopic 2023 to 2024 3sat

Akiva Weingarten, born and raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish Satmar community in New York, decides to break out of his world in 2014. He flees to Germany and begins a new life in freedom.

But his escape comes at a high price: he has to leave his three children behind. A long and bitter battle to get his children back begins. Weingarten not only had to overcome the legal hurdles, but also the resistance of the ultra-Orthodox community.

Today, Weingarten lives as a rabbi in Dresden and is the chairman of a liberal Jewish community that supports those who leave ultra-Orthodox communities and helps them to integrate professionally into modern society.

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Ultraorthodox: Der Kampf des Rabbi Akiva

Rabbi Akiva Weingarten (39) auf der Staten Island Ferry (New York), im Hintergrund ist die Freiheitsstatue zu sehen.

Copyright: Leon Spanier/Bavaria Fiction

Ultraorthodox: Der Kampf des Rabbi Akiva

Rabbi Akiva Weingarten steht in der Wüste in der Nähe Jerusalems und ist in traditionellen, ultraorthodoxen Gewändern gekleidet. Er trägt einen Schtreimel (Kopfbedeckung), einen Kaftan und ein Tallit (Gebetsmantel). Er trägt Vollbart und Schläfenlocken.

Foto: Emanuel Rotstein/Bavaria Fiction

Ultraorthodox: Der Kampf des Rabbi Akiva

Rabbi Akiva Weingarten ist mit seinen Töchtern Miriam (links) und Malky (in der Mitte) in seiner Synagoge beim Beten. Malky feiert ihre Bat Mitzwa.

Copyright: Emanuel Rotstein/Bavaria Fiction

Ultraorthodox: Der Kampf des Rabbi Akiva

Rabbi Akiva Weingarten steht in New York nachts auf dem Time Square.

Foto: Emanuel Rotstein/Bavaria Fiction

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer
Commissioner
3sat, ZDF
Commissioning Editor
Harald Hamm, Dirk Heihoff
Screenplay
Emanuel Rotstein, Leon Spanier
Director
Emanuel Rotstein, Leon Spanier
Director of Photography
Leon Spanier, sowie Dirk Heuer & Alexander Vexler
Protagonists
Akiva Weingarten, Sarah Weingarten, Josef Weingarten, Miriam Weingarten, Malky Weingarten
Line Producer
Unit Production Manager
Editor
Maja Zylberszac

Executive Producer

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