Oct
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

October 17 at 7:00 pm
84 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? tells the story of a gay Israeli, once expelled from his religious kibbutz, making London his new home and the London Gay Men’s Chorus his new family and his journey back to Israel and reconciliation with his family. The film has been described, compassionately, as the tale of an extended homecoming, where going home is not a retreat, but the bravest and most necessary thing you can do.

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Oct
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

There Are Jews Here

October 22 at 3:00 pm
90 minutes / English

Throughout the United States, approximately, one million Jews live outside urban areas.  This poignant film, There are Jews Here, takes an intimate look at four once thriving American Jewish communities now fighting for survival due to attrition and assimilation including one desperate community, which is using cash and job assistance to recruit Jews to the area. There are Jews Here is a bittersweet look at a segment of American Jewish life.

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Oct
22
5:30pm 5:30pm

Aida's Secrets

October 22 at 5:30 pm
90 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

Aida’s Secrets, a documentary, described by Time Magazine as “deeply moving and powerful film,” recounts the story of Izak, born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945, sent to Israel for adoption and his quest for truth about his birth mother, discovery of an unknown brother and his father’s identity culminating in a reunion nearly 70 years later. Winner of the Audience Award at the Docaviv International Film Festival in Israel, Aida’s Secrets reveals the trauma of displaced persons through a series of emotional surprises, right until the closing credits.

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Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Amor

October 24 at 7:00 pm
86 minutes / Hebrew with English subtitles

After years of wandering, Daniel returns to his childhood home in Israel only to find that the love of his life, a former ballet teacher, lies bedridden with no hope of recovery. In this Israeli romance film, Amor, we are asked to contemplate the true nature of love and what it sometimes demands of us as the subject of “right to die” is debated.

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Oct
29
3:00pm 3:00pm

The Pickle Recipe

October 29 at 3:00 pm
97 minutes / English

The Pickle Recipe, a delightful comedy, with an excellent cast including Oscar nominee, David Paymer and Lynn Cohen from Sex and the City, about a desperate, cash-strapped, deejay on the wedding and bar mitzvah circuit, and his attempts to steal his grandmother’s highly prized pickle recipe.

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Oct
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Last Laugh

October 15 at 5:30 pm
84 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

In The Last Laugh, an A-list roster of comedians, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverstein and Chris Rock, as well as holocaust survivors, ponder the controversial outer limits of comedy and more specifically, Holocaust humor. Archival material is used throughout the film which will surely create lively post-viewing discussions.

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Oct
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

Joe's Violin

October 15 at 2:00 pm
24 minutes / English


Part of Sunday Shorts with the CJFF Student Film Competition

This Oscar nominated short film Joe’s Violin, tells the story of a 91 year old Holocaust survivor who donates the violin, which he acquired in exchange for a pack of cigarettes in a displaced persons camp, to an instrument drive changing the life of a 12 year old girl in the Bronx. The film shows how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact.

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Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Monsieur Mayonnaise

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October 10 at 7:00 pm
95 minutes / English

Described as an epic adventure, starring artists, werewolves, heroes, Nazis, a comic book and baguettes with a lashings of French mayonnaise, Monsieur Mayonnaise, recounts the remarkable story, by Philippe Mora, of his German-Jewish father’s work with the French Resistance working with Marcel Marceau, to help smuggle hundreds of Jewish children into Switzerland and his mother’s miraculous escape from the gas chamber. From Variety Magazine, “an eye-catching romp sure to play well in the art house equivalent to the Borscht Belt.”

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Oct
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

On The Map

On the Map

85 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles (Family Friendly)

AT THE KATIE & IRWIN KAHN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Told through the eyes of six American basketball players, On the Map, recounts the inspirational, against all odds, story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Basketball Championship, giving Israelis a much needed morale boost as they deal with the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the lens of sports, this award winning film presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of the nation. Interviews with former NBA commissioner David Stern and basketball icon Bill Walton are featured, as well

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Nov
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Borrowed Identity

BORROWED IDENTITY
November 15 at 8:00 pm
104 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles


Eyad, a Palestinian-Israeli teenager who wins a scholarship to an elite Jerusalem boarding school, is an outsider struggling to fit in with Jewish-Israeli culture in the late 1980s. Through the school’s community service initiative, he befriends Jonathan, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, and is embraced by Jonathan’s mother as a member of the family. As war looms, Eyad discovers love and disappointment, and makes a life-changing decision that alters the course of his future.

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Nov
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

My Italian Secret

MY ITALIAN SECRET
November 15 at 5:30 pm
92 minutes | English and Italian with English Subtitles


The untold saga of Italians who rescued Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis in World War II. Featuring Gino Bartali, the charismatic Italian cycling hero who risked his life over and over to save innocent lives.

 

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Nov
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Felix & Meira

FELIX & MEIRA
November 9 at 6:30 pm
105 minutes | French, Yiddish, German with English Subtitles


Félix and Meira is a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another. As Félix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox community, her desire for change becomes harder for her to ignore, ultimately forcing her to choose: remain in the life that she knows or give it all up to be with Félix.

 

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Nov
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

Once in a Lifetime

ONCE IN A LIFETIME
November 6 at 5:00 pm
105 minutes | French with English Subtitles

A teacher with 20 years of experience, Anne Gueguen is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. She is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the class’s attitude dramatically.

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Nov
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Apples From The Desert

Apples From The Desert
November 3 at 6:00 pm
96 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles

Rebecca Abravanel is an only child, living a cloistered existence with her strictly religious Sephardic parents in Jerusalem. Unhappy with the restrictive traditions of home and community, she secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik Dooby. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and on

 

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Nov
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Remember

REMEMBER
November 1 at 8:00 pm
94 minutes | English

 

Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer is a dementia-stricken Holocaust survivor out for revenge in master director Atom Egoyan’s supremely suspenseful thriller Remember.

Burdened with memory loss and his beloved wife’s recent passing, 90-year-old Zev Guttman (Plummer) is in a race against time to find personal catharsis and overdue justice. Having seemingly suppressed the wartime horrors of decades earlier, he is prompted to track down his fugitive Nazi tormentor by fellow Auschwitz survivor Max (Martin Landau), a wheelchair-bound resident of their New York City nursing home. Seizing on an elaborate mission of vengeance, Zev embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former commander responsible for murdering their families, who they now believe to be living somewhere in the country under an assumed identity. As Zev closes in on his target, his manhunt is complicated by his own constantly crumbling sense of self, leading inexorably to a shocking climax.

With Plummer lending considerable dignity and contained anguish to his character, Remember braids together themes of mourning and self-denial in an intensely paced and intricately plotted story under the skilled direction of the Oscar-nominated Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter).

 

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Nov
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Moos

MOOS
November 1 at 6:00 pm
90 Minutes | Dutch with English Subtitles

It is Hanukkah evening and everything is the way it has always been for Moos. Except one thing: her long time childhood friend, Sam, has arrived as a surprise guest from Israel. With Sam back, Moos realizes her life has been on hold and she needs to follow her own dreams. To everyone’s surprise, she auditions for the academy of performing arts. Despite the encouragement from the handsome singing teacher Chris, Moos quickly learns that not everybody is as receptive to her talents and she might need an option B. Meanwhile, Sam starts to realize his feelings for Moos may not have faded over the years.

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Oct
30
1:30pm 1:30pm

Sabena Hijacking: My Version

SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION
October 30 at 1:30 pm
104 minutes | Hebrew, French & Arabic with English Subtitles

 

Striking reenactments and harrowing testimonies combine to riveting effect in this true story of a terrorist siege that forever shaped the Jewish State.

On May 8, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September seized control of Sabena Flight 971 shortly after take-off from Vienna en route to Tel Aviv. The next day, Israeli Special Forces launched a daring operation to rescue the passengers and retake the plane. SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION provides a moment-by-moment restaging of those nerve-racking hours. With the captain held at gunpoint and Jewish passengers separated from the others, the hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless Israel agreed to release Palestinian prisoners. Events are recalled firsthand by passengers, newly discovered audio recordings of British pilot Reginald Levy, and an interview with the sole surviving hijacker. Also featured are future Israeli leaders Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, who both took part in the raid, as well as Transport Minister Shimon Peres.

Captivating, fast-paced, and utterly suspenseful, SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION juxtaposes Israeli and Palestinian narratives to pose hard questions about the seeds and legacy of political terrorism.

Nominated for the Israeli Best Documentary Film Academy Award.

 

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Oct
30
12:00pm12:00pm

Breakfast at Ina's

Breakfast at Inas October 30 at 12:00 pm 51 minutes | English An affectionate homage to a beloved Chicago eatery and its magnetic namesake, Breakfast at Ina’s chronicles the final days of a restaurant as uniquely individual as its founder. Against all odds, Ina Pinkney created a mini-empire of eateries that served generations of Chicagoans with delicious comfort food and a warm welcome to match. With her decreased mobility from post-polio syndrome, the daily routine of running her latest West Loop breakfast spot takes its toll. As the countdown to her retirement approaches, Ina recalls the genesis of her beloved restaurant and the private adversity that shaped her indomitable spirit. Coping with her childhood disability, the Brooklyn native faced further stigmatization after her interracial marriage during the civil rights tensions of the 1960s. Self-reliance and a passion for baking propelled her move into the restaurant business and realization of a dream to reinvent breakfast dining. Chicago filmmaker Mercedes Kane crosscuts Ina’s surprising biography with the loving accolades of food critics, longtime clientele and devoted employees, as the so-called Breakfast Queen herself presides over the dining room with a knowing smile.  Breakfast at Ina’s introduces an entrepreneur ahead of her time, who found a recipe for success in compassion, exacting standards and sheer willpower.

Breakfast at Inas

October 30 at 12:00 pm
51 minutes | English

An affectionate homage to a beloved Chicago eatery and its magnetic namesake, Breakfast at Ina’s chronicles the final days of a restaurant as uniquely individual as its founder.

Against all odds, Ina Pinkney created a mini-empire of eateries that served generations of Chicagoans with delicious comfort food and a warm welcome to match. With her decreased mobility from post-polio syndrome, the daily routine of running her latest West Loop breakfast spot takes its toll. As the countdown to her retirement approaches, Ina recalls the genesis of her beloved restaurant and the private adversity that shaped her indomitable spirit. Coping with her childhood disability, the Brooklyn native faced further stigmatization after her interracial marriage during the civil rights tensions of the 1960s. Self-reliance and a passion for baking propelled her move into the restaurant business and realization of a dream to reinvent breakfast dining. Chicago filmmaker Mercedes Kane crosscuts Ina’s surprising biography with the loving accolades of food critics, longtime clientele and devoted employees, as the so-called Breakfast Queen herself presides over the dining room with a knowing smile.  Breakfast at Ina’s introduces an entrepreneur ahead of her time, who found a recipe for success in compassion, exacting standards and sheer willpower.

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Nov
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

THE GETT

In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. However, this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.

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Nov
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

DOUGH

94 minutes | English
An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until he hires a young Muslim apprentice who accidentally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high

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Nov
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

RUN BOY RUN

112 minutes | Hebrew, Polish, & German with Subtitles
Srulik, an eight-year-old boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. He attempts to survive, at first alone in the forest, and then as a Christian orphan named Jurek on a Polish farm. Throughout his ordeal, his Jewish identity is in danger of being lost.  The story is based on the bestseller by Uri Orlev.

 

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Nov
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

THE LAST MENTSCH

90 minutes | Hebrew, German, English with Subtitles
Mena’hem Teitelbaum, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, has been running from his experience all his life. A young girl is deeply moved by his story and offers to drive him to Hungary, she know exactly what it means to feel lost and uprooted.  Together the two take off for the heart of old Jewish Europe and - as two worlds, two visions and two eras merge - an unexpected bond evolves.

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Nov
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

24 DAYS

In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant’s number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom.

 

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Nov
8
5:30pm 5:30pm

ABOVE AND BEYOND

90 minutes | English
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of ‘Machal’ -- volunteers from abroad -- this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. 

 

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Nov
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

Broken Branches & Student Short Films

A Film by: Ayala Sharot
(Israel, 2014, 25 Minutes, Color, Hebrew,  English subtitles)

Broken Branches is an animated documentary about loss, family and hope.  Michal Rechter was only 14 years old when, on the eve of the Second World War, she left her family in Poland and travelled to Israel. Now, at the age of 92, she tells her story to her granddaughter, the film’s director, who brings her grandmother’s memories to life in colorful animation.

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Nov
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS

97 Minutes | French with English Subtitles
The Verneuils are Catholic. They are also a well-off, well-educated, well-intentioned, and well-thought of couple. Everything would be for the best in the best of worlds if three of their daughters had not married three young men... of different religions and origins. So, the day their fourth girl tells them that she is going to marry a Catholic they are on cloud nine...

 

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Nov
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

GOD’S SLAVE

November 3 at 6:00 pm
90 minutes | Hebrew & Arabic with English Subtitles
Inspired by true events, “God’s Slave” is the story of Ahmed and David, two extremist characters, one Islamic and the other Jewish, who cross paths while on opposite sides of the conflict in the A.M.I.A bombings that took place in 1994 in Buenos Aires.

 

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Nov
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Opening Night Film & Party : TOUCHDOWN ISRAEL

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Touchdown Israel, a feature length documentary presents the broad religious and cultural diversity that is Israel, and illustrates how sports can be both metaphor and unifier for the world around it. Touchdown Israel brings light to Israel’s complex, multifaceted society, offering a view of the human aspect of Israeli life, including the values of teamwork, unity, sacrifice and excellence. 

 

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