One of Us

Synopsis: Penetrating the insular world of New York's Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals driven to break away despite threats of retaliation.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Netflix
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

My beautiful ceres.

I've given you

so many chances...

Time and time again.

Have I not been

patient with you?

You have, father.

When you came to me,

what did you have?


And who were you?

No one.

And now?

I am ceres,

goddess of crabs and fertility.

That's right.

It's in your nature to grow.

But you can't grow

unless you plant roots.

And when you rip

those roots from the earth,

you're denying

your own ascension.

It won't happen again, father.

I know, my love.

I know.

Reach for the light.

It's all there.

As per tradition...


on another one

in the bag.



So, was it worth it?

Worth what?

That shiner

you're trying

to cover up.

Anything for the story, right?

You completely ghosted on me.

I can handle myself.

Bite off more than you can chew,

and your sister

is gonna handle me.

Between you and Sophie,

it's like my parents

are still around.

All right, all right.

What do you got? What's next?

Melanie, it's Haley. Um...

I know it's been forever,

but, uh, I really need

your help.

Um, I'm in idyllwild.

He won't let anyone leave.

I don't have my phone,

and I don't have any money,

and I don't know

where else to--

oh, my god! He found me!

Haley copper,

a friend from smc.

So, call the police.

Tell Sophie.

Sophie's not a cop anymore.

Okay, well,

she still has friends

in the department.

Yeah, here, not

in the San jacinto mountains.

It's probably just

some asshole boyfriend.

You really wanna get

in the middle of that?

In the last year,

four Southern California girls

have gone missing.

They were all last spotted

in or around idyllwild.

People go missing every day.

You ever done a wider search?

It's like flipping

through the white pages.

You don't have any other leads

beside where she's calling from.

This is all pure conjecture.

You have nothing.

This is no story.

-A coffee shop?


And the people who work there

all belong to this ascension

family commune,

some hippy cult.

I know Haley. This is exactly

the kind of place she'd end up.

I've had journalists cover

this kind of story before,

and if this cult

actually exists...

You're exactly

the type of girl

they'd prey on.

This isn't just about Haley.

What if the other girls

are in the same situation?

You'll send me regular updates?

Check in with notes?

Of course.

So, that's a yes?

Check in with Sophie first.

And fix that makeup.

She sees that black eye,

she's gonna kill me.

Melanie, I haven't seen you

for six months.

You can't just keep

disappearing like this.

I knew you'd do this.

You always freak out.

Somebody has to.

There's this commune

in idyllwild.

I think some

of the girls there

might be in trouble.

I can't keep worrying

about you like this.

Waiting to hear

some awful report

on the news.

Four girls have gone missing.

All in their 20s.

Sophie, you were a detective.

You know what happens

when the world forgets

about these girls.

So call the police.

Let someone else be

in danger for once.

Police aren't gonna do anything.

I didn't come here

to ask permission.

I'm telling you.

And I'd appreciate it

if you stopped treating me

like a child.

Then stop acting like one.

I am not having

this fight again.

You know what?

I have two kids.

I can't be your mom too.

I don't want you to.

Just because you gave up

on what you believe in,

doesn't mean

the rest of us have to.

- Real nice, Mel.

Mel, it's me.

I didn't wanna leave

things the way we did.

I'm sorry, okay?

I know you're an adult,

and I know you don't need

me to look after you.

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