New York Times: “Side curls flailing, knees jackknifing up around his torso, leaping, crouching, shouting a Scriptural message from the Book of Ramones: “Avraham was a punk rocker.” Read the full article
Huffington Post: “‘Punk Jews’ …exists because a resurgence of pride in one’s Judaism is taking hold among many… ‘Shtick,’ as they like to say in Yiddish, is falling by the wayside to make way for more authentic approaches to meaning.” Read the full article. Watch the video feature.
The New Yorker: “’Convention is constricting,’ he tells the filmmakers of ‘Punk Jews.’ ‘Convention is anti-growth.’” Read the full article.
Haaretz: “The title, says Zook Mann, made sense. ‘Punk is a rock and roll movement with a do-it-yourself philosophy. In punk rock, artists don’t work with corporations or recognized institutions,’ he says. ‘They simply make their art in their backyard, in a garage, in their homes. The idea of the Jews in the film is similar and focuses on the feeling of rebellion and spiritual independence.'” Read the full article.
The Jewish Week: “…has the peculiar feel of a version of ’60 Minutes’ concocted by the demented offspring of some MTV producer and a wonder-working chasidic mystic.” Read the full article.
Ynet (Hebrew):“אברהם היה לא רק היהודי הראשון, אלא גם הפאנק ג’ו הראשון” (Abraham wasn’t just the first Jew. He was the first Punk Jew) Read the full article.
Jerusalem Post: “Evan gives us a behind the scenes look, not to the production set, but rather to the producers’ mindset and soul.” Read the full article.
The Algemeiner Journal: “Hassidic punk rockers, Yiddish street performers and African-American-Jewish activists, the characters in ‘Punk Jews,’show an emerging movement in New York City of people asserting their Jewish identity by defying the norm.” Read the full article.
Cool Hunting: “Originally announced on the crowd-sourced funding site Kickstarter, Punk Jews just reached their goal of raising $10,000 to make the film. Featuring musicians, artists, fashion designers and philosophers, Zook Mann describes Punk Jews as, ‘People owning their heritage, being creative with it, having fun with it—and doing so at any cost.'” Read the full article.
Haaretz (Hebrew): “באמני “פאנק ג’וז” נציגים אותנטיים של הכוחות היצירתיים החלוציים של יהדות התקופה (The artists in “Punk Jews” represent the pioneering, creative spirit within Judaism of this era.)”Read the full article.
Punk Jews on Canada’s “Les Francs Tireurs”