Feldman’s involvement with the Netflix project from inception is described in Making Unorthodox, a 20-minute documentary that also premiered alongside the miniseries.  The show is produced by her friends, Anna Winger (Deutschland 83) and Alexa Karolinski.

“I realized that if anybody is ever going to be able to grasp what this story is about and execute it in a way that is going to have a positive cultural pact, it’s these women,” Feldman said in Making Unorthodox.

Deborah Feldman was born into the Hasidic Satmar community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1986.  It was founded by a Rabbi from Satmar, Hungary after WWII.  Most of the community’s Yiddish-speaking residents are Holocaust survivors, or descendants of Holocaust survivors.

“It was founded by people who are struggling with the most immense trauma we can imagine,” Feldman said.