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The Manor

by Shawney Cohen, Mike Gallay (Co-Director) International Documentary Film / Competition

Shawney wanted hockey pads for his bar mitzvah and got a lap dance in the family’s strip club instead. „The Manor“ is the Cohen family’s pride and shame. Shawney’s father bought the club 30 years ago when he was in a bit of a tight spot. These days, he has other things to worry about: The obese owner is due to undergo an operation to reduce the size of his stomach. It seems almost grotesque that Shawney’s mother, Brenda, is at the same time chronically underweight: The body reflects the circumstances of life. Brother Sammy seems to be the only person who’s at one with his surroundings. Following several years of absence, Shawney returns as a filmmaker to the family nest and records over a period of two years what it is that’s making the family ill – and holding it together. Reminiscent of a Greek tragedy, Shawney Cohen portrays his family with great humour and exceptional honesty. THE MANOR confronts the naked truth – without stripping its protagonists bare.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Canada, 2013
  • Runtime: 79 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
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  • Directors: Shawney Cohen, Mike Gallay (Co-Director)
  • Cast: Brenda Cohen, Roger Cohen, Sammy Cohen, Shawney Cohen, Susan Dent, Bobby Ranger
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  • Cinematography: Chris Mably
  • Editor: Seth Poulin
  • Sound: John Laing
  • Music: Jim Guthrie
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  • Producer: Paul Scherzer
  • Executive Producers: Paul Scherzer, Laurie Gwen Shapiro,
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  • Production Company: six island productions inc.
  • www.themanordocumentary.com/
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