Independent film maker Adam Lilley has just finished shooting his project Chayav, a depiction of one man’s acts of desperation to connect outside his pre decided culture.
Shot in and around East London, we’re very excited to see the end result.
In all appearances and reflections Yaakov is the ideal within the Hasidic Jewish community, but for everything that matters he is simply an image of this man.
CHAYAV is a short film exploring the actions of an increasingly lonely and ultimately struggling man, born into a community to which he doesn’t belong.
For an insight on Chayav, here is a glimpse of the Directors Statement.
CHAYAV is a film of want, a want that for all, will remain as so. This is a story exploring the actions of an increasingly lonely and ultimately struggling man, born into a community to which he doesn’t belong.
We follow his acts of desperation to connect outside a pre-decided culture, in a bid to be free of a stringent moral obligation. With an all too familiar undertone, CHAYAV bares a truth that resonates cross culture and community. Ones own life is rarely fulfilling but the lust for another’s is rarely an answer.
Born into the Hasidim, YAAKOV, a now forced family man, has nothing but an incessant daily reminder of who he his and whom he must remain to be. Working belligerently at a family owned Orthodox grocery, living within the depths of Hasidic Stamford Hill and with a wife now so dedicated to the Torah, to God and to him. YAAKOV is subsumed more than ever into a life mirrored to all around him… and it is more than he can stand.
YAAKOVS struggle with his identity, the blurring of acceptability, and the romanticism of a community so different to his own is what twists his fate… and the women to whom he involves. So infatuated with all that he is not, YAAKOV turns to idolising and obsessing over the women that come to represent this. Watching from afar, with nothing but fascination and admiration, to him, they are a sight to behold.
- Adam Lilley, Writer/Director.
To keep up to date with release schedules and more information, like the official Chayav page here.