The JCC’s 21st Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival is kicking off opening night at the Dixie Twin Drive-In with the award-winning documentary Picture of His Life on Tuesday, June 8, $15 per car. DJ Butch Brown kicks off the celebration at 7PM, and the film will begin at 9PM. A delicious Israeli box dinner is available (with advanced purchase from our website for $18). The Graeter’s Ice Cream truck will also be available purchase sweet treats, as well as Dixie Twin Drive-In’s concessions. 

The documentary Picture of His Life follows underwater photographer Amos Nachoum. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, Amos has developed a unique approach, that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection. He swam with and photographed anacondas, giant leopard seals, great white sharks, orcas and crocodiles, but now, at the age of 65, he is about to face his ultimate challenge: to swim, face to face, unprotected with a polar bear. He tried before and barely escaped, however he is determined to give it one last shot. As the journey unfolds, Amos contemplates the series of unspoken events that drove him here, to the end of the world. It has been a long and painful journey, after serving in an elite commando unit and witnessing the horrors of war, Amos searches for redemption.  

This year’s festival continues online with a Virtual Film schedule featuring internationally award-winning selections of feature and documentary films that will be available during specific windows of time between June 10 and July 11 and will include three special zoom programs with directors from four of the films at no additional charge. 2021 Film Fest committee chair Michael Caruso shares his excitement for the upcoming season, “the selection committee reviewed many films in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are confident that the attendees will share our enthusiasm for the selected films!”

Virtual Films are available for $10 per film, or film lovers can purchase a season pass for $50, which includes all online films as well as Opening Night admission at the Dixie Twin Drive In. For tickets and additional information please visit our website at 


June 8 – Opening Night  @ the  Dixie Twin Drive-In starting at 7pm  
Picture of His Life starting at 9pm
$15 per car 
optional Israeli Dinner for Two - $18 (Bernstein’s Catering), orders must be placed by June 3. No Israeli boxed dinners will be available for purchase at the event
Click here to purchase tickets  for Opening Night 


Click here to purchase a Season Pass, or click below to purchase digital films individually.

June 10 – 13            
AulcieClick here to purchase tickets for Aulcie
June 14 - Zoom with Dani Menkin director of Picture of His Life and Aulcie 

June 14 – 16
Here We AreClick here to purchase tickets for Here We Are

June 17 – 20
My Dearest EnemyClick here to purchase tickets for My Dearest Enemy
June 20 - Zoom with Director Tzipi Trope, facilitated by Marcy L. Paul, PhD 

June 21 – 23 
My Name is SaraClick here to purchase tickets for My Name is Sara

June 24 – 27
Love It Was NotClick here to purchase tickets for Love It Was Not

June 28 – 30
Shared LegaciesClick here to purchase tickets for Shared Legacies

July 1 – 4
The CrossingClick here to purchase tickets for The Crossing

July 5 – 7
Kiss Me Kosher   Click here to purchase tickets for Kiss Me Kosher

July 8 – 11
GoldaClick here to purchase tickets for Golda
July 11-Zoom with Director Udi Nir 



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