Fifty miles north of New York City, the Satmar Hasidic sect has thrived for decades in a 1.1-square-mile religious haven called Kiryas Yoel, or City of Joel. Now with 22,000 residents, a plan to double the size of the village emerges, igniting a turf war with their secular Orange County neighbors. With unprecedented access to the community, the Emmy-winning director presents all sides of the conflict.
Sponsor: Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Minkin Family Foundation
Co-Sponsors: JCC’s SAJE, JCC’s IRP
Running Time: 83 min.
Director: Jesse Sweet