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GPJFF 2020 Season Films
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    Abe

    Twelve-year-old New Yorker ABE navigates the complicated identity issues that arise from having a Jewish-Israeli mother and a Muslim-Palestinian father. 

    While political skirmishes play out across the dinner table, Abe’s focus is squarely on the kitchen itself, where the cultural fix he seeks is of the food fusion variety. While wandering Brooklyn, he meets the Brazilian chef Chico, who emphatically believes that “mixing flavors can bring people together” and takes Abe under his wing. Abe is inspired and uses his newfound cooking skills to plan a Thanksgiving feast that celebrates his diverse heritage, with the hope of unifying his family. Mixing youthful idealism, the healing power of food, and a dash of Brazilian rhythms, ABE is a coming-of-age tale that demonstrates the power of food and love to overcome prejudices, while illuminating the challenges surrounding one of the longest-running conflicts on our planet.

     

    USA/BRAZIL • 2019

    Run Time:

    85 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    COMEDY

    Director:

    FERNANDO GROSTEIN ANDRADE

    Short Film:

    EGG CREAM - The beloved chocolate soda drink is extolled in this nostalgic and tasty reminder of a simple but culturally significant ingredient in the Jewish-American experience.

    USA  •  2018  •   15 minutes  •  Language: English   • Director:  Nora Clair Miller & Peter Miller 

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    The Accountant of Auschwitz

    Raising thorny moral and legal questions, THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ reconstructs the 2015 controversial war crimes trial of an elderly Nazi underling, which made headlines worldwide.

    A former Auschwitz guard responsible for collecting the stolen loot of Jewish prisoners, Oskar Gröning was 94 years old when charged by German prosecutors as an accessory to mass murder of over 300,000 Jews. As the frail old man faces death camp survivors, a debate rages over his complicity and fitness to stand trial. Was Gröning just following orders, a mere cog in a large killing machine, or a culpable witness to genocide, despite his rank and young age? Racing against time, a new generation of investigators seeks to atone for past sins, pursuing charges against the last living perpetrators of the Holocaust while testing the limits of international law and historical reconciliation. With broad implications, THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ’s deftly-researched look at the pursuit of justice is sure to provoke both outrage and fascination.

     

    CANADA • 2018

    Run Time:

    78 MINUTES

    Language:

    GERMAN & ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    MATTHEW SHOYCHET

    Short Film:

    NO BAD ENDINGS - Moments before the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, the members of a kibbutz realize that the last Holocaust survivor in their community has no intention to come.

    Israel  •  2019  •  13 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles  •  Director:  Ziv Hermelin-Shadar

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    A Fortunate Man

    In A FORTUNATE MAN, a pastor’s ambitious son, seeking to reject his strict religious upbringing and fulfill his dreams, hopes to wed into a Jewish family and find success in 19th century Copenhagen.

    In the 1880s, Peter Sidenius, a gifted but self-destructive young man, leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing in the country for metropolitan Copenhagen. An engineer with progressive ideas, he is welcomed by a wealthy Jewish family and ingratiates himself into their opulent milieu, embarking on a journey of personal and professional ambition that teeters between triumph and catastrophe. But when Peter and the alluring Jakobe Salomon, a progressive Jewish intellectual, get engaged, his devout Lutheran family spurns his new life and fiancée. Based on Danish writer Henrik Pontoppidan's Nobel Prize-winning coming-of-age novel and directed by Academy Award winner Bille August, A FORTUNATE MAN’s moving performances, dazzling cinematography, sumptuous costume design and period detail deftly follows Peter’s quest for happiness as it vies with his desire for material success. 

    DENMARK • 2018

    Run Time:

    167 MINUTES

    Language:

    DANISH & GERMAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    BILLE AUGUST

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    The Art of Waiting

    The stresses of fertility treatment threatens to undermine the love of a couple undergoing fertility treatment in THE ART OF WAITING

    Liran and Tali, a couple in their thirties who dream of having a child together, are one day told they will have to undergo fertility treatments. What seems simple at first turns out to be extraordinarily complex. They discover that in order to be parents to a child, they will have to undergo a long journey full of hardships, with all the physical and mental difficulties that accompany it. Will the couple’s love survive the family pressures and challenge of fertility treatment in THE ART OF WAITING?

     

    ISRAEL • 2019

    Run Time:

    90 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES  

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    EREZ TADMOR

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    Autonomies

    AUTONOMIES is a globally-relevant dystopian tale from the creators of the Shtisel that centers on the burning issues of identity, religion, politics and personal freedom in Israel.

    Set in the present day, Autonomies imagines an alternative reality in which Israel is split into two separate entities: the secular State of Israel, whose capital is Tel Aviv, and, on the other side of an imposing dividing wall, an Ultra-Orthodox autonomy based in Jerusalem. Broide is an Ultra-Orthodox smuggler who makes his living sneaking minor contraband between the two regions. One day, he receives a life-changing proposal to kidnap a little girl at the heart of a custody battle between two families that live in the opposite regions that threatens to push the two territories into irrevocable chaos. Meanwhile, an impossible love story develops between Broide and Anna, a musician from the opposite side of the wall. With Israel once again aflame and civil war closer than ever, a great longing for home arises from among the fragments, walls and tears in AUTONOMIES.

     DUE TO THE LENGTH OF THE FILM, IT IS BEING SPLIT INTO 2 PARTS.

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    210 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW AND YIDDISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    ORI ELON, YEHONATAN INDURSKY

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    Broken Mirrors

    From the outside a family lives an enviable life, but underneath the surface, a dark secret hides in BROKEN MIRRORS.

    Beneath Giora Adler’s great love for his family lays an obsession with his eldest daughter Ariella. Giora is a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline. Seventeen-year old Ariella commits a grave error that her father isn't willing to punish her for. Seeking a punishment of her own, Ariella runs way and embarks on a dark quest where she will discover a secret to her father's past that will lead them to confront one another. Father and daughter each struggle with their own feelings of guilt and punishment. Will they allow their fatal mistakes to take them down in BROKEN MIRRORS, or will they leave past guilt behind in favor of forgiveness and a sane future?

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    104 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    AVIAD GIVON

    Short Film:

    11 MINUTES - A newly trained female combat medic comes into contact for the first time with a life and death situation.

    Israel •  2018  •   20 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew/ English subtitles   • Director:  Hagai Adorian

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    City of Joel

    Small-town politics and ancient tradition collide deep in the Hudson Valley, in CITY OF JOEL, an absorbing account of a high-profile turf war between an ultra-Orthodox community and its neighbors.

    Fifty miles north of New York City, the Satmar sect has thrived for over 40 years in a 1.1 square mile religious haven called Kiryas Joel, or City of Joel. With some of the highest rates of marriage, birth, and religious observance in the United States, their success has come at a price, as Kiryas Joel is no longer big enough to hold its 22,000 members. When a plan is created to double the size of the village to keep up with its growth, their secular neighbors fight back, believing that the expansion will disrupt their lives, harm the environment, and tilt the balance of local political power. With unprecedented access, CITY OF JOEL presents people on all sides of a conflict - from religious zealots to dissidents, from rabbis to people who doubt their own faith as they struggle to find their place.

     

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    95 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    JESSE SWEET

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    Crescendo

    When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony in CRESCENDO.

    When conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both side as are far from able to form a team, much less an orchestra. The students who have taken part in his world-class ensemble grasp that they are reaching for something impossible, but they still believe it is important to try. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sprock succeed and make the young musicians forget their hatred at least for the three weeks until the concert? CRESCENDO is a film about the power of music, acceptance, and reconciliation that will strike a chord with audiences, young and old alike.

     


    GERMANY • 2019

    Run Time:

    112 MINUTES

    Language:

    ARABIC, ENGLISH, GERMAN & HEBREW W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    DROR ZAHAVI

    Short Film:

    SUSHI, MEATBALLS & EVERYTHING (PEORIA) - A young woman decides to stand up to her loving in-laws, once and for all.

    Israel •  2019  •  11 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles  • Director:  Liel Gur

    (Second Place Winner of the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest)

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    Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

    Revealing how Sholom Aleichem’s story of Tevye the Milkman became an unlikely Broadway classic, FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES is a sweeping and joyous look back at the creative origins and long-lasting cultural impact of a musical masterpiece. 

    When it first opened on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof seemed poised to be a massive flop, only to become one of the most popular shows in the American theater canon, holding the record as the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years. Touching audiences with its humor and heart, the show’s universal tale of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Bringing Fiddler to life through rare archival materials, performance footage, and clips from the Oscar-winning 1971 film adaptation, filmmaker Max Lewkowicz chronicles the show’s backstory, from its early New York roots to the enduring themes that inspire theatergoers across the generations. Insights from the musical's creators and cast are paired with lively commentary from luminaries Stephen Sondheim, Itzhak Perlman and Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, who are among the interviewees included in FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, a definitive look at a musical phenomenon that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    90 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    MAX LEWCOWICZ

    Short Film:

    THE FIDDLE (DER FIDL) (TEMPE & PEORIA) - The story of Sholom, the boy who was destined to become The Fiddler On The Roof.

    Israel •  2018     9 minutes    Language: Yiddish w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Asher Schwartz


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    Gentleman's Agreement

    In GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT, a highly respected writer is recruited by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. 

    When journalist Phil Green (Gregory Peck) moves to New York City, he takes on a high-profile magazine assignment about anti-Semitism. He is not too keen on the assignment, mostly because he's not sure how to tackle the subject. In order to truly view things from  an empathetic perspective, he pretends to be a Jew and begins to experience many forms of bigotry, both firsthand and through a Jewish friend, Dave Goldman (John Garfield). Phil soon falls in love with beautiful Kathy Lacy (Dorothy McGuire), but their relationship is complicated by his unusual endeavor.

    It takes little time for him to experience bigotry. His anger at the way he is treated also affects his relationship with Kathy Lacy, his publisher's niece and the person who suggested the series in the first place.

    WINNER OF 1948 ACADEMY AWARDS FOR BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    USA • 1948

    Run Time:

    118 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    ELIA KAZAN

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    The Keeper

    THE KEEPER tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. 

    While visiting a POW camp near Manchester at the end of War World II, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team, notices young German soldier Bert Trautmann. Her father is so taken by Bert's prowess as a goal-keeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team. 

    His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. THE KEEPER raises tough questions about love and forgiveness, forgetting and the power of sports to unite and sometimes even reunite.

     

    UNITED KINGDOM  • 2019

    Run Time:

    113 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    MARCUS H. ROSENMÜLLER

    Short Film:

    AN AVERAGE STORY (TEMPE) - An ordinary husband becomes an instant celebrity after being officially designated Israel’s most average man.

    ISRAEL •  2016  •   18 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles  •  Director: Yaniv Segalovich

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    King Bibi - THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

    Brilliantly assembled entirely of footage from countless TV appearances, KING BIBI: THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU charts the ascent of Israel's media-savvy prime minster. 

    As his political fortunes rose, Bibi quickly perfected his skills as a master of public speaking and media manipulation. Through four decades of news conferences, interviews and speeches, Israel's second longest-serving prime minster exhibits an obsessive, near-faultless execution of public image. Netanyahu's quintessentially American style of politicking is paralleled with that of Donald Trump and their similar love-hate relationship with the press. Deconstructing the man who singlehandedly ushered Israeli politics into the 21st century, the potent portrayal of KING BIBI: THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU reveals a controversial politician's instinct for seizing power through the art of communication.

    ISRAEL/USA • 2018

    Run Time:

    87 Minutes

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    DAN SHADUR

    Short Film:

    AN AVERAGE STORYAn ordinary husband becomes an instant celebrity after being officially designated Israel’s most average man.

    ISRAEL   2016     18 minutes    Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles    Director: Yaniv Segalovich


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    Leona

    Coming into her own, a young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love in the melancholic romance LEONA.

    Ariela is an independently-minded artist living with her family in a cloistered Jewish neighborhood. Pressured to find an appropriate suitor, serendipity leads to a passionate courtship with Ivan, a non-Jewish writer who shows her a world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life. As their feelings deepen, Ariela must weigh their unsanctioned relationship against rejection by her family and community, where religious values and traditions run deep. Bridging the divide between generations and cultures, LEONA deftly blends romantic comedy with an incisive feminist journey of discovery and self-determination.

    MEXICO • 2018

    Run Time:

    95 MINUTES

    Language:

    SPANISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    ISAAC CHEREM

    Short Film:

    TORCHFifteen-year-old Jerusalem resident Noga, lost her father in a terror attack. On Memorial Day, she and her mother go on a journey, which ends up at the annual torch-lighting ceremony at the local community center. The torch that she lights will be her voice, and her rebellion.

    Israel    2017     17 minutes    Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles     Director: Odya Rosenak

     

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    Love in Suspenders

    An encounter between two people with vastly different personalities logically has to result in a nightmarish outcome, but as LOVE IN SUSPENDERS proves, love plays by its own inexplicable rules.

    Tammy, a bubbly, energetic 64-year-old widow constantly dealing with the memory of her loving late husband, “meets” Beno, a 70-year-old sarcastic lone wolf widower, when she hits him with her car. From this, a relationship blossoms, and Tammy and Beno experience all types of emotional and funny struggles along their winding romantic path. Notwithstanding their differences in lifestyle and personality, and especially their interfering offspring and neighbors, they eventually fall in love. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again as LOVE IN SUSPENDERS travels with them to the finish line

    ISRAEL • 2019

    Run Time:

    102 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    COMEDY

    Director:

    JORGE WELLER

    Short Film:

    YID LIFE CRISIS (SHEA 14) - A blind date for Leizer with the perfect woman (played by Mayim Bialik) turns into a battle of nebbish proportions.

    Canada •  2016    7 minutes    Language:English & Yiddish w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Jamie Elman 

    SUSHI, MEATBALLS & EVERYTHING (TEMPE) - A young woman decides to stand up to her loving in-laws, once and for all.

    Israel •  2019  •  11 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles  • Director:  Liel Gur

    (Second Place Winner of the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest)

    AN AVERAGE STORY (PEORIA) - An ordinary husband becomes an instant celebrity after being officially designated Israel’s most average man.

    Israel •  2016  •   18 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles  •  Director: Yaniv Segalovich


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    Murer - Anatomy of a Trial

    A transfixing courtroom drama depicting one of history's most shameful miscarriages of justice, MURER: ANATOMY OF A TRIAL reconstructs the case of a sadistic Nazi war criminal and the ensuing scandal that implicated the Austrian courts, press and political apparatus. 

    Nearly 20 years after the end of World War II, Franz Murer, a respected statesman and wealthy landowner, was charged with the mass murder of thousands in a once-thriving Jewish community in Lithuania. The so-called Butcher of Vilnius faces harrowing testimony from countless survivors and witnesses, leaving little doubt of his guilt. But in a nation still in denial about its wartime complicity, conflicted jurors are manipulated by the obfuscating tactics of a polished defense attorney. In a time when the notion of truth is again being eroded by manipulation and ideological fervor, MURER is a shattering examination of political expediency at the expense of justice.

    AUSTRIA/LUXEMBOURG • 2018

    Run Time:

    137 MINUTES

    Language:

    GERMAN, HEBREW & YIDDISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    CHRISTIAN FROSCH

    Short Film:

    SKINAn innocent smile between a black man and a white kid in a small-town supermarket checkout line sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

    USA  •  2019     21 minutes    Language: English   • Director:  Guy Nattiv 

     

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    My Name Is Sara

    Based on the true-life story of a 13-year-old Polish Jew whose entire family was killed by Nazis, MY NAME IS SARA recounts the girl’s grueling escape and attempt at survival. 

    Prior to the World War II, Koretz, Poland was home to a thriving Jewish community whose history went back over 1000 years. But after witnessing her entire family’s execution at the hands of the Nazis in 1942, Sara Góralnik  escapes to the Ukrainian countryside. Sara steals her Christian best friend’s identity and finds refuge in a small village, where she is taken in by a farmer and his young wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers’ marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity. MY NAME IS SARA provides fascinating insight into Ukrainian identity and society, and pays testament to the bravery of a single young woman.

     

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    90 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    STEVEN ORITT

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    The Other Story

    Complications arise when a dysfunctional Israeli family tries to lure their willful daughter away from Orthodox Judaism, in THE OTHER STORY.

    Renouncing the hedonism of her Jerusalem youth, obstinate young Anat devotes herself to a pure life and the study of Torah. Her upcoming marriage to a raunchy pop star-turned-devoted Hasid, Shahar is the final straw, as her divorced secular parents and grandfather scheme to foil the nuptials. Amid rising tensions and shifting alliances, no one has a monopoly on virtue, as multi-layered plots converge with unexpected consequences. Sensitively exploring the religious-secular divide, this universal tale of broken relationships and forgiveness masterfully weaves its many threads with poignant, gently humorous performances by a stellar cast. As the case becomes more complex, the paths of both these troubled families begin to tangle in unexpected ways in THE OTHER STORY.

     

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    117 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    AVI NESHER

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    My Polish Honeymoon

    MY POLISH HONEYMOON mixes elements of romantic comedy and drama to look at the joys and pains that come with learning about one’s family history.

    Anna and Adam, a young Parisian millennial couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married and technically speaking this will be their honeymoon. They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam's grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago. Adam is not really enthusiastic, but sees it as an occasion to spend some quality time with his wife, away from their baby. Anna, on the other hand, is both extremely anxious and overly excited about the trip to her grandmother's country. She is hoping to reconnect with her roots and finally discover more about her own family's history, which was always a mystery in MY POLISH HONEYMOON.

    FRANCE • 2019

    Run Time:

    113 MINUTES

    Language:

    FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    COMEDY/DRAMA

    Director:

    ÉLISE OTZENBERGER

     

    Short Film:

    I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU - An unfathomable decision by an Auschwitz survivor leaves a huge burden on her conscience in this uplifting and extraordinary story of love and survival.

    Israel / Italy / United Kingdom  •  2018  •   14 minutes  •  Language: French w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Matan Rochlitz

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    Noble Savage *

    Almost everything in 15-year-old Eli's life is on the brink of disaster. Overweight and dealing with an eating disorder, the teen lives in a seedy Tel Aviv neighborhood with his mother and her possessive husband, two ex-junkies preoccupied with living a normal life, while his alcoholic father is an unemployed artist and street philosopher. In this impulsive, violent world, Eli tries to escape his parents’ fate and be the responsible adult, but his attempts at family reconciliation lead only to anger, bitterness and ultimate catastrophe. NOBLE SAVAGE is a disturbing but beautifully acted and humane examination of anguished characters fighting to overcome their circumstances.

    ✸ FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    99 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    Drama

    Director:

    MARCO CARMEL

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    Shooting Life

    While helping his war-weary students find their own voices, a high school teacher attempts to start a new life in an Israeli town perpetually in danger, in the teen drama SHOOTING LIFE

    Yigal, a middle-aged divorcé and unemployed film director from Tel Aviv, accepts a position teaching filmmaking in Sderot, near the Gaza border where air raid sirens and missile attacks are ubiquitous. Though they're slow to warm to him, he gains his 12th-grade students' trust by coaxing them to film their own stories of love and loss. With their cameras on themselves, they connect with family members, discovering secrets about their lives. But Yigal's fervent commitment to honest self-expression leads some kids into conflict with their parents, and puts him at odds with his school principal. Bolstered by a strong ensemble cast of up-and-coming young actors, SHOOTING LIFE, an engrossing coming-of-age story, ponders from the next generation's viewpoint, the shattered dreams and future hopes of the Middle East.

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    93 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    DAVID KREINER

    Short Film:

    OPTIMISTIC REALISTFed up with an endless series of dead-end Hollywood casting calls, a struggling young actress takes career advice from her fifth-grade Hebrew school students.

    USA •  2018     10 minutes    Language: English   • Director:  Brandon Ravet

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    Short Program

    The GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS PROGRAM is a carefully-curated collection of four short feature films, including the top three selections from the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest sponsored by The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and Barbara and Bob Murray. The purpose of the contest is to support student filmmakers and Israel in the Festival. Also shown will be short film by  Valley resident, Connor Griffin, who was sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem International Film Workshop, a five-week summer program in Israel this past summer.

    THE SECULAR OASIS 

    USA •  2019  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Cinematographer:  Connor Griffin

    Yeshiva student Nir pursues knowledge about his culture and Jewish identity. 

    3rd Place

    NOA

    Israel •  2019    Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Shulamit Lifshitz

    When Noa attempts to escape from abuse under her own roof, she unintentionally puts her younger sister at risk.

    2nd Place

    SUSHI, MEATBALLS & EVERYTHING

    Israel •  2019  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Liel Gur

    A young woman decides to stand up to her loving in-laws, once and for all.

    1st Place

    MAMAN

    Israel •  2018    Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Hila Cohen

    Amos runs to the aid of her 90-year-old neighbor, whose husband dies just before Shabbat sets in, but before calling for help, they light the traditional Shabbat candles together.

    ELINA

    Israel • 2017 • 13 minutes • Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles • Director: Evelin Kachulin

    Elina, the 7 year old daughter of a Russian immigrant desperately wants to fit into Israeli society, but her well-meaning mother has more difficulty assimilating.

    TOUCH

    Israel • 2018 • 15 minutes • Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles • Director: Miriam Baron

    TOUCH is a black comedy about the heartfelt story of Labe Kadenski, a widowed old man who was not accepted into a senior home because he was not in the Holocaust.

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    Sobibor

    A Soviet-Jewish prisoner-of-war spearheads a daring and carefully orchestrated revolt that leads to the most successful uprising at any concentration camp in SOBIBÓR.

    The only successful revolt in a Nazi death camp during World War II took place in 1943 at the Sobibór death camp in Poland. This harrowing true story centers around Alexander Pechersky, a Red Army lieutenant and hero in the fight against Nazism. He is captured in October 1941 and sent to the small-scale but deadly Sobibór extermination camp. Horrified by the inhuman conditions, he organizes what becomes the most successful Nazi death camp uprising. Pecherky must make difficult choices and puts at risk many lives, including his own, to save hundreds of prisoners. Shadowing his every move is camp commandant whose sanity is teetering. Russia's submission for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, SOBIBÓR beautifully yet graphically portrays how different people show equal heroism and courage when united by the desire to live.

     

    RUSSIA • 2018

    Run Time:

    110 MINUTES

    Language:

    RUSSIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    KONSTANTIN KHABENSKY

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    The Spy Behind Home Plate

    From the streets of Newark to five major league teams to his secret life spying for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, Morris “Moe” Berg’s improbable life story is captured in THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE.

    Berg, a son of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, grew up in New York City and Newark. After graduating from Princeton he played baseball professionally for 15 seasons while earning a law degree at Columbia University and passing the bar exam. He spoke at least 10 languages and befriended several famous figures of his time, including Albert Einstein and Babe Ruth. And somewhere along the way, Berg managed to become a spy for the Office of Strategic Services and spy for the United States on the Nazis’ atomic bomb program. Berg’s extraordinary, improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with an All-Star roster of commentators drawn from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft. Though THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE hit only .243 during his 15 years as a professional ballplayer, he proved to be an MVP when it came to America’s security.

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    100 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    AVIVA KEMPNER

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    Tel Aviv on Fire

    A soap opera writer finds himself caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the audacious, big-hearted satire TEL AVIV ON FIRE.  

    A hapless intern on a well-liked Arab soap opera, popular in both the Territories and Israel, Salaam must navigate through an Israeli checkpoint every day to get to the Ramallah studio. The television show, whose action is set just before and during the Six Day War, is stilted and melodramatic, but has a devoted following in both Israel and the Territories. In order to gain favor with the commander of the checkpoint, Salaam allows him to suggest changes to the plot that would see a sultry Arab spy fall in love with an IDF general. Torn between the demands of the army officer and the show’s Arab financial backers on how the love story will end, Salaam devises a final masterstroke in TEL AVIV ON FIRE.

     

    ISRAEL  •  2018

    Run Time:

    100 MINUTES

    Language:

    ARABIC & HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    COMEDY

    Director:

    SAMAH ZOABI

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    Those Who Remained

    A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma, THOSE WHO REMAINEDreveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.

    Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara, who also survived the Holocaust, lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to the hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. As they grow closer and closer, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure and loving father-daughter relationship is misunderstood and frowned upon. 

    Many films deal with the suffering of the Holocaust years, but far fewer focus on those who managed to return from the camps. THOSE WHO REMAINED poignantly tells the story of two traumatized survivors whose relationship helps them to heal and provides them with someone to live for.

    HUNGARY • 2019

    Run Time:

    88 MINUTES

    Language:

    HUNGARIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    BARABBAS TÓTH

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    YOU’RE INVITED - After hearing that an elderly Holocaust survivor died alone with no one left to mourn her, a college student shows the beauty and contagious power of selfless kindness through a simple caring act.

    USA •  2019  •   14 minutes  •  Language: English  • Director:  Andrew Kaplan

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    The Tobacconist

    THE TOBACCONIST is a tender coming-of-age drama about a young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. 

    When 17-year-old Franz is sent to Vienna to apprentice for a tobacconist, he has a lot to learn -- not just about tobacco, but also about life in the big city and the transition from childhood to manhood. Franz is in luck after he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer in the tobacco shop. And who better to help a boy on his life’s journey? As Franz and Freud form a friendship, Freud gives the young man advice about women, heartbreak, psychology, and the vivid dreams that haunt Franz at night. But on the brink of the Nazis’ arrival in Austria, with a rapidly changing political and social climate, the challenges Franz faces will become much bigger, and tremendously more dangerous. Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler, THE TOBACCONIST is a beautiful and heart-breaking story of friendship, romance, resistance, and bravery.

     

    GERMANY • 2019

    Run Time:

    108 MINUTES

    Language:

    GERMAN W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    NIKOLAUS LEYTNER

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    Working Woman

    WORKING WOMAN chronicles a few months in the working life of a woman trapped in an abusive workspace who must chose between supporting her family and her self-esteem.

    Orna, an ambitious career woman, takes a new job as a real estate marketing manager, selling luxurious apartments to overseas buyers. Determined to prove herself to Benny, her new boss, she is willing to sacrifice her family life and free time. But when Benny’s flirting turns into harassment, Orna struggles to restore her sense of dignity and self-worth. At the same time, Orna’s husband also is struggling to keep his new restaurant afloat, so Orna, the main breadwinner for their three children, poignantly navigates the tempestuous waters of her job and her sense of self-worth in WORKING WOMAN

    ISRAEL • 2018
    Run Time:

    93 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW & FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    MICHAL AVIAD

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    LAMED - An unfathomable decision by an Auschwitz survivor leaves a huge burden on her conscience in this uplifting and extraordinary story of love and survival.

    Israel  •  2019  •   12 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Shahar Cohen 

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