Director(s): Jason Hutt
Available Quality: DivX
IMDB Rating: 7.6 out of 10 (33 votes)
Dmitriy Salita is a Russian immigrant, professional boxer and a religious Jew. ORTHODOX STANCE portrays Dmitriys maturation in each of these disparate communities, and the seemingly incompatible cultures and characters working together to support his 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 about a young mans search for meaning in life.
Eric Monder (26 May 2013)
The film misses several opportunities to be more than a fawning portrait.
Jeannette Catsoulis (20 May 2013)
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.
Gabe Leibowitz (19 May 2013)
Hutt's shoddy editing and listless pacing keep the audience regrettably detached from the proceedings.
Louis Proyect (14 May 2013)
Magnificent documentary on Orthodox Jewish fighter who balances his faith with a brutal profession and maintains his humanity in the process.
Jules Brenner (05 May 2013)
You couldn't be faulted if you thought "Jewish Boxer" might be an oxymoron, but Hutt's devoted documentary introduces us to one powerhouse of an example.
Nora Lee Mandel (01 May 2013)
Personable, singular young welterweight makes the audience, and a colorful array of mentors and supporters, believe boxing is the sweet science %u2013 you just gotta have faith.
Nathan Rabin (30 April 2013)
Well-meaning but fairly dull.
diamondmedia2 (27 April 2013)
This film follows the career of Dimitri Salita, an immigrant fromRussia who dreams of a career in the fight game. He began training as aboxer at the age of 13. The film is a genuine look at a very specialyoung man who is sensitive and thoughtful when not in the ring. He madea decision to become an Orthodox Jew. This decision could have impededhis progress in the ring. Religious Jews have dietary laws, speciallaws forbidding work on the Sabbath....and many other requirementswhich can make competition in a sport very difficult. As an immigrantwho believes that America stands for freedom of religion, he refused togive up his religious ideals in order to succeed. In some ways, it ishis commitment to his faith which made people respect him even more.His boxing talents however were the ultimate test. He won bout afterbout....on to a title. This young man is gentle and sincere out of thering. In the ring a totally different individual is unleashed. In mymind, Dimitri Salita is far more inspirational than RockBalboa....although in some ways they were spurred on by the samerealities. Poverty is an enormous incentive...rather the desire to liftone's self from poverty has provided the impetus for the world'sgreatest fighters.
Maitland McDonagh (24 April 2013)
While Salita is a charismatic subject, Jason Hutt's documentary feels unfinished; still in his early 20s, Salita's life and career are works in progress.
Jordan Hiller (20 April 2013)
Salita needs to train and prepare like any other fighter looking to break an opponent's nose in the first round, but all the while he spars with an adversary familiar to us all.
Frank Scheck (20 April 2013)
While it might have made for an intriguing segment on a television newsmagazine show, doesn't sustain itself over the course of a feature-length film.
Joshua Rothkopf (16 April 2013)
Jason Hutt's endearing profile finds the Ukrainian-born Brooklyn émigré in a thoughtful, expressive mood (outside the ring).
Ella Taylor (11 April 2013)
Salita is such a careful, reined-in fellow that one comes away wanting to have seen much more of the men around him.
Bill Weber (09 April 2013)
Crediting his passion for boxing with helping him find God, babyfaced welterweight fighter Dmitriy Salita seriously knits his brow in devotion to the rituals of Orthodox Judaism and professional pugilism in Orthodox Stance.
Elizabeth Weitzman (30 March 2013)
Salita doesn't see many other conflicts in his twin passions -- which, ultimately, makes for a less-than-gripping story. He's a likable guy and we're happy to watch his successes, but the movie lacks the emotional punch needed to knock us out.
Phil Villarreal (24 March 2013)
You get the feeling that the real meat of Salita's story will emerge in the next decade. Orthodox Stance is only Chapter One.
Ron Wilkinson (14 March 2013)
The fastest and best boxing action around plus a candid look inside the fight business make this a great film for aficionados of the sport. But there is not a lot there for most others.
Phil Hall (06 March 2013)
Too many sequences are so poorly recorded that subtitling is required to decipher what is being said.
Ronnie Scheib (26 February 2013)
Hutt's straightforward presentation tends to flatten out pic's anomalies instead of highlighting them.
SONNYK_USA (24 February 2013)
When the documentary of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" wasreleased almost a decade ago, it was the first time that I heard of aperson of the Jewish faith being in professional sports. However, untilnow I never would have believed that an orthodox member of Judaismcould not only succeed as a boxer, but also get the mainly non-Jewishled ruling bodies of the boxing world to agree to modifications to fittheir sport to his religion.Very early on in the film the 'kosher' boxer Dmitriy Salita cancels about in Turkey because the promoters need him to fight on the Sabbath.From that point on, Dmitriy realizes that TV's "Friday Night Fights"will not be part of his boxing calendar, but he does successfully arguefor fighting on Saturday nights after sundown (the end of the Sabbathperiod). Not to mention all the holy days in between, some 70 days ofthe year that his religious preference interferes with his profession.Luckily Dmitiy finds some sympathetic promoters and winds up boxing inLas Vegas. With each successive fight Dmitriy soon proves he's not onlya contender but a big draw in his new hometown - Brooklyn. As a RussianÃ©migrÃ© (from Odessa, Ukraine) and devout member of the Flatbushsynogogue, the opportunity to fight in front of his Georgian religiousbrethren proves to be just the approval and recognition he needs tocontinue the grueling training schedule.In between fights Dmitriy works as a cab driver, but always remembersto stay Kosher and observe the Orthodox rules at all times. The storyhinges on Dmitriy's determination which never wavers and his ability tooutperform his opponents in the ring. He's a real talent worth watchingin future.I won't spoil the ending but even the scriptwriters in Hollywoodcouldn't have come up with a better way to end this merging of sportand religious faith. If you're going to the festival, put this one atthe top of your list! Courtesy of ReelReviewer.com
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