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Unorthodox

Seen Unorthodox yet?—Holy oy.

Unorthodox is a four part Netflix miniseries that came out way back in March of last year.

It’s about a seventeen year old girl from the ultraconservative Hasidic Jewish community of Williamsburg in Brooklyn New York named Ester “Esty” Shapiro.

Esty was always different from the other girls in her community, but after an arranged marriage and the expectations of producing children she decides to flee her life to experience what else the world has to offer.

Unfortunately for her, the men in her life won’t accept “Esty’s” decision to escape and come after her. . .halfway across the world.

The series is the television adaptation of the 2012 New York Times bestselling memoir Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman.

It was created for television by Alexa Karolinski and Anna Winger. It was directed by Maria Schrader with costumer designer Justine Seymour and production designer Silke Fischer.

The tone, look, and acting within the story are delivered masterfully by the many woman with hands in its creation.

Deborah Feldman, author of the novel Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots and inspiration for the protagonist in the series.

Israeli actress Shira Haas leads the cast with a haunting and emotional portrayal of Esty. This diminutive protag expresses range in both her ability to speak Yiddish and English, and even more so in her facial expressions and body language.

The many colorful characters in the story are expertly cast.

There wasn’t one moment in the series where viewers are pulled from the reality Unorthodox creates.

Esty’s literal and figurative journey presents the Hasidic community in a way most people will never see.

And that’s understating it. Hasidic Jews shun technology. Their obsessively secretive and closed off from the outside world.

You’ll felt pity, suspense, and disbelief at times, while in others you’ll laugh and become excited by the fresh eyes Esty has for the world outside of Williamsburg.

Unorthodox is no mindless binge, but binge it you will.

It takes guts and open mind to jump in, but once the opening credits roll it’s impossible not to get hooked.

The story is beautiful. The people are extraordinary; alien, yet extraordinarily relatable.

Everyone should watch it.

If you take my advice, or have already seen Unorthodox, I’d love to hear what you think.

What was your favorite scenes? What characters did you love or relate with most and why?

Use the comments section below to join in on the conversation.

That’s it for this new feature of Your Quarter’s Worth. We hope you enjoyed diving into something different.

Until next time, stay cultured and curious. . .and as always, stay geeky.

Written by John Andreula.

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