A documentary 10 years in the making, “Welcome to Kutsher’s” started off as a testament to a once booming Borscht Belt hotel that had fallen on hard times. It was initially screened at the New York Jewish Film Festival in 2012; soon after, the ailing behemoth permanently shut its doors in 2013.
The film is written like an obituary, but missing the painful, obligatory sentence: Kutsher’s is no longer. That’s reserved for the film’s final segment, which was added to film sometime after that initial 2012 screening.
But what at times seems chronologically confusing, ultimately makes a perfectly composed elegy.
IJN Assistant Publisher Shana R. Goldberg and Senior Writer Andrea Jacobs share their dialogue of “Welcome to Kutsher’s.”