One of Us

"These three brave people are bucking the exacting rules of their ultra-Orthodox community to experience the world for the first time as true individuals. Their journey is a profoundly human one that took us by surprise."

HEIDI EWING and RACHEL GRADY, Directors of ‘One of Us’ | LOKI FILMS | Oscar-nominated directors of ‘Jesus Camp’




photo credit: Colleen Brennan




Chaim, 28

“When I joined Footsteps, I was a homeless, gay, traumatized abuse survivor grappling with severe depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Joining Footsteps would be the first of many steps that I’ve taken these past 7 years to finding stability and harmony in my own life. In the simplest of terms, Footsteps saves lives. They saved my life and the lives of many of my friends.”

Miriam, 67

“I left my Hasidic community 45 years ago. When I joined Footsteps, my intention was to help others looking to do the same. But when I walked into the Footsteps space, saw the artwork and poetry on its walls, I started to cry. The pain expressed mirrored mine – even after all these years. After decades of living with the guilt and shame associated with
feelings of betrayal, Footsteps has given me the space in which to integrate my present with my past, to own the life I chose and to acknowledge the courage it took to get there.”

Eli, 25

“I grew up in a large family in one of Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhoods. My subpar secular education ended when I was 13. When I initially joined Footsteps my financial situation was so bad I couldn’t even afford a Metrocard, and I often walked all the way to Footsteps from my Brooklyn home. With Footsteps’ help, I joined a program to receive my high school diploma and enrolled in college. They also provided me with a scholarship to fund my full-time study. I feel empowered knowing that I have the backing of the good people at Footsteps.”

Elisheva, 38

“I was stuck in a difficult marriage for 11 years before I joined Footsteps. The drop-in group was a safe place to express my feelings. I connected with other members and surrounded myself with a group of caring new friends, who helped me move forward. Through Footsteps I was also able to get a good divorce lawyer and secure my parental rights. Today, my 5 children and I have a wonderful life outside of the community.”



October 12th and 14th | Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA

October 17th | Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA  SOLD OUT

October 19th | Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival, Washington, D.C.

October 20th – 27th | IFC Center, New York, NY

Special Q&A with directors, Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady at the following IFC screenings

Thursday, October 19th Sneak Preview: SOLD OUT
Friday, October 20th 7:35pm show
Saturday, October 21st 7:35pm show
Sunday, October 22nd 2:55pm & 5:10 shows

October 20th | Netflix international release

Opens October 20th | Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills, CA

October 25th and 29th | Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA

November 14th | JCC of Manhattan, Limited availability. Details to follow.

November 13th and 16th | DOC NYC Film Festival, New York, NY