By COLlive reporter
A 1972 documentary film “The Hasidim” featuring beautiful scenes of the Rebbe and Crown Heights in the early 1970s was placed online in full.
The filmmaker Vincent R. Tortora received special permission to photograph these scenes from the Rebbe’s office at 770 Eastern Parkway.
The film was narrated by Rabbi Chaim Drizin and Mrs. Esther Stern and went on to win an award at Canada’s Yorkton Film Festival (YFF), the longest-running film festival in North America.
“Explores the history, traditions and practices of the Lubavitch Hasidic Community of New York. Visits their synagogue, homes, school and other parts of their community,” the description says.
Included in the footage are Chassidim such as the artists Hendel Lieberman and Zalman Kleinman OBM, Lubavitch Youth Organization’s Rabbi Moshe Pesach Goldman and his family and others.
In the early 2000s, working with the Rebbe’s library and the film’s producers, JEM received permission to utilize the clip, including many raw “outs” not included in the original film.
Chanukah Rally 5731 • December, 1970
Singing a nigun at a farbrengen
Visit by President Zalman Shazar: Taanis Esther, 5731 • March 10, 1971