A NY TIMES Critic’s Pick!

For  60+ years, the term “Jewish boxer” has been an oxymoron. But Dmitriy Salita, a 25 year-old Russian immigrant made history as a top professional boxer and a rigorously observant Jew.

While providing an intimate, 3-year long look at the trials and tribulations faced by an up and coming professional boxer, ORTHODOX STANCE is a portrait of seemingly incompatible cultures and characters…boxing promoters, trainers and Orthodox Rabbis…working together to support Dmitriy’s rare and remarkable devotion to both Orthodox Judaism and the pursuit of a professional boxing title. In the end, the film is about more than just boxing and religion, but a young man’s search for meaning in life.

At a time when religion increasingly divides and destroys, Orthodox Stance presents a unique, yet universal, story that provides an example for Jews and non-Jews of the positive effects of faith, tolerance, diversity and pluralism-the things people talk about when they talk about the greatness of America.

“In the intriguingly layered documentary Orthodox Stance, a determined young boxer strives to prove that the laws of God and the laws of the ring need not be at odds.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

“Jason Hutts slow-burning documentary chronicles the fascinating career of Dmitriy Salita, an endearingly humble Ukrainian-born Brooklynite (and subject of a 2006 profile in this magazine) who struggles to maintain his faith as an Orthodox Jew while swiftly rising to the top of the professional boxing circuit.” – New York Magazine (Critic’s Pick)

When initially releases, Orthodox Stance received extensive festival play (see below) and is as pertinent now as it was then:

  • SouthSide Film Festival 2009 (Bethlehem, United States)
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2008 (Atlanta, United States)
  • Denver Jewish Film Festival 2008 (Denver, United States)
  • New York Jewish Film Festival 2008 (New York City, United States)
  • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2008 (Philadelphia, United States)
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2008 (San Diego, United States)
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival 2007 (Boston, United States)
  • Nashville Jewish Film Festival 2007 (Nashville, United States)
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2007 (San Francisco, United States)
  • Sarasota Film Festival 2007 (Sarasota, United States)
  • SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival 2007 (Silver Spring, United States)
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival 2007 (Washington D.C., United States)

82 minutes on 1 disc / 2007 / Directed by Jason Hutt


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