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.
- SouthSide Film Festival 2009 (Bethlehem, United States)
- Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2008 (Atlanta, United States)
- Denver Jewish Film Festival 2008 (Denver, United States)
- New York Jewish Film Festival 2008 (New York City, United States)
- Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2008 (Philadelphia, United States)
- San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2008 (San Diego, United States)
- Boston Jewish Film Festival 2007 (Boston, United States)
- Nashville Jewish Film Festival 2007 (Nashville, United States)
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2007 (San Francisco, United States)
- Sarasota Film Festival 2007 (Sarasota, United States)
"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)