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Orthodox Stance

DIRECTED BY - Jason Hutt

A NY TIMES Critic's Pick!

For the last 60 years, the term "Jewish boxer" has been an oxymoron. But Dmitriy Salita, a 25 year-old Russian immigrant is making 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.



Film Info

RUNTIME - 82 minutes

YEAR - 2007

FORMAT - DVD Region All

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

Dmitriy Salita Himself
Jimmy O'Pharrow Himself
Israel Liberow Himself


Jason Hutt


Jason Hutt


Jason Hutt


Jason Hutt

Associate Producer

Rachel Kittner

Executive Producer

Caroline Stevens



"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)

Four stars -- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

"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)

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