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Movie Review: Orthodox Stance

Alternate Title: Kosher Knock Out

Story: How many Jewish mothers do you know would want their sons to grow up to be boxers? This very entertaining documentary by Jason Hutt is a loving tribute to one very special young man, Dmitriy Salita. Hutt followed Salita for three years, through 22 bouts, two managers and a few promoters as he makes his journey towards a quest for a shot at the Junior Welterweight title.

How does an Orthodox Jew manage to keep his faith while seeking his secular passion? Salita came to the US from the Ukraine with his parents and older brother when he was nine. Poor, and bullied at school, he sought retreat to the local gym where he learned how to box. After his mother's death he sought solace in the local Chabad-Lubavitch temple. His wise Rabbi, did not dissuade him from his dream and even enlisted his own brother, who loved the world of boxing, to become his manager. With a supportive family and his religious manager, he is able to keep Kosher on the road and stay true to his faith by not fighting on the Sabbath. The media is drawn to his unorthodox story as surely, you will too.

It turns out that at the beginning of the 20th Century there were many Jewish Boxing champs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jews_in_sports#Boxing).

Watch this video as Salita fights Shawn Gallegos in 2005 for NABA Title.

Dmitriy came into the ring ushered by the reggae Orthodox superstar Matisyahu and was in charge from the get-go.


Acting: It is a documentary so this category does not apply.

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Critters: None

Food: Interesting Kosher meals prepared on the road.

Sex Spectrum: Verboten for this group.

Soundtrack: A fun soundtrack including Matisyahu

Opening Titles: White type over black background.

Theater Audience: This is only playing in one theater in Manhattan. It was more crowded than I thought it would be.

Weather: Boxing is indoors. We do get to see NYC in the four seasons.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: 85 minutes