THY FATHER’S CHAIR, a Documentary Focused on Orthodox Jewish Twins

After critically acclaimed theatrical runs in New York, Los Angeles and other key markets nationwide, Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora’s THY FATHER’S CHAIR is set to become available on key VOD platforms (iTunes, Amazon, and Kanopy) on March 30, 2018. The film is being released by No Permits Produktions in the United States.

This “immersive [and] richly detailed” (Jordan Hoffman, Village Voice) documentary screened at some of the most influential festivals worldwide, including IDFA (Official Competition), DOC NYC, DocAviv, True/False, and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival,

“[A] haunting … fly-on-the-wall study of shame, grief, compulsion, faith, and good intentions” (Noel Murray, AV Club) THY FATHER’S CHAIR brings audiences into the world of Abraham and Shraga, Orthodox Jewish twins who live a secluded existence in their inherited Brooklyn home. Since the death of their parents, they have stopped throwing away anything, hosting stray cats and accumulating all sorts of stuff.

Enraged by the situation, the upstairs tenant threatens to stop paying them rent unless they proceed with a radical cleaning of their apartment, forcing Abraham and Shraga to open their doors to a specialized cleaning company. What ensues seems, at first, a traumatic invasion of privacy, with the twins fighting to preserve their memories. But little by little, the relationship with the head of the cleaning company begins to deepen–and by painfully separating from most of their belongings, Abraham and Shraga discover a path to a new life.

Influenced by the cinema of vérité masters Frederick Wiseman and Albert and David Maysles, co-directors Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora make use of a “camera work [that] is careful and deeply human, making Shraga’s and Avraham’s house a place from which we can’t move our eyes. The filmmakers are interested in understanding, not judging” (Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times).

THY FATHER’S CHAIR is the fourth collaboration between Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora. The previous films they made together, [S]comparse, Odysseus Gambit and Godka Cirka, played at Sundance and several top international film festival and won several awards. They are currently developing other nonfiction and fiction projects together.

Please, email Rodrigo Brandão at [email protected] to request a screening link–or to schedule an interview with co-directors Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora.


Alex Lora is a Spanish filmmaker based in New York City who has screened twice at Sundance Film Festival as Official Selection. Winner of a New York Emmy®, finalist for the Oscars®-Student Academy Awards, winner of a Gaudi® Catalan Academy Award and listed as one of the top 10 promising Spanish directors to watch for in Variety’s Cannes Edition of 2014, his work has received over 100 awards, being officially selected in some of the most internationally-acclaimed film festivals.

Alex has also participated at Berlinale’s Talent Campus, Guadalajara Doculab, Dok.Incubator, Screenwriting CineQuaNon lab, Sources lab, IFP independent Week and the IFP Filmmakers lab as an editor. He has taught film at several prestigious universities such Blanquerna, Elisava, Univesitat de Barcelona and City College of New York where he also received his MFA in Media Arts Production as a Fulbright scholar, mentored by Antonio Tabloid and Chantal Akerman.

Antonio is a writer / director of fiction and non-fiction films in North America and Europe. His work has won numerous awards and has been presented at festivals such as Berlin, Sundance, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, IDFA, Tribeca; and released by companies such as Miramax, Warner Bros., and Lion’s Gate. He is a consultant for UNTV (United Nations TV) and works as a videographer to shed light on under-reported realities in South and Central America, Africa, and Asia.

As a Fulbright scholar Antonio studied at Calarts where he received an MFA in Film & Video. His projects have received support from IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), TFI (Tribeca Film Institute), FIND (Film Independent), WEMW (When East Meets West) and DOKINBUBATOR. Antonio is a current member of WGA, East.

For additional info, visit the films official site at

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