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2020 Lineup

Join us for an exciting experience this year for our 20th anniversary Jewish Film Festival! We’re going VIRTUAL, you can watch from the comfort of your couch!

Please note: films are subject to change. 

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Sneak Peek! Available online via exclusive link and password June 4 – 8

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Tuesday, June 2 @ 7PM
JCC Happy Hour – join us as we kick off Film Fest with an Interactive session of Broadway Hits!
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More About the Film
The origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when “tradition” was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.

 

Heading Home: A Tale of Team Israel

Tuesday, June 9
Gates open at 8:30, film at 9PM @ The Dixie Twin Drive-In
(6201 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, 45414)

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*SPECIAL ZOOM DISCUSSION WITH Marc Katz about Heading Home
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More About the Film
The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land, where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

Winner: Audience Favorite @ 2019 Harrisburg JFF; Best Documentary @ Cherry Hill Volvo Cars JFF at the New Jersey Katz JCC;  Audience Favorite Award, Cincinnati’s 2019 Mayerson JCC J⇔ Best Documentary @ 2018 Gold Coast IFF; Best Documentary @ 2018 JA&FF of Fairfield County; Audience Award @ 2018 Philadelphia JFF;  Audience Award @ 2018 Washington DC JFF; Best Documentary @ 2018 Boca Raton JFF.

The Keeper

Available online via exclusive link and password June 12 – 15

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The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), 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. 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 (Freya Mavor), 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. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.

Winner: Best Narrative @ 2020 Atlanta JFF; Audience Choice Award @ 2020 Sedona IFF; Audience Award @ 2020 Boca Grande FF; Audience Award @ 2020 Palm Beach JFF; Audience Award @ 2019 Sonoma County JFF; Best Narrative @ 2019 Gershman Philadelphia JFF; Best Narrative Feature @ 2019 San Francisco JFF

Crescendo

Available online via exclusive link and password June 16 – 17

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*SPECIAL ZOOM DISCUSSION WITH Dr. Sam Dorf June 17 @ 7PM for Crescendo
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More About the Film
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann)  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 sides are far from able to form a team. 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.

Winner: Audience Award @ 2020 San Diego JFF; Rheingold Audience Award @ 2019 Festival of German Films, Ludwigshafen; Gershon Klein Award for Best German Film With Jewish Issue @ 2019 JFF Berlin & Brandenburg

Prosecuting Evil

Available online via exclusive link and password June 19 – 22

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*SPECIAL ZOOM DISCUSSION WITH Marcy L. Paul, PhD June 22 @ 7PM Prosecuting Evil
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More About the Film
Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocities continues today.

Winner: World Premier @ Toronto IFF; Best Documentary @ Atlanta JFF; Official Selection @ Santa Barbara IFF; Official Selection @ Palm Beach JFF

Tel Aviv on Fire

Available online via exclusive link and password​ June 23 – 24

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*SPECIAL ZOOM DISCUSSION WITH Marcy L. Paul, PhD June 24 @ 7PM Tel Aviv on Fire
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More About the Film
Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

Winner: Best Screenplay @ 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Award; 2019 Best Screenplay @ Israeli Film Academy; Best Film @ 2018 Haifa International Film Festival; Audience Choice Award @ 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival; Golden Duke @ 2019 Odessa International Film Festival; Audience Award @ 2019 Sarasota Film Festival; Best Film @ 2019 Seattle International Film Festival; Best Film, Best Actor @ 2019 Venice Film Festival; Best International Feature Film @ 2018 Zurich Film Festival

Nominee: 2019 Best Supporting Actor @ Israeli Film Academy; Spirit of the Festival Award @ 2018 Cork IFF; Best European @ 2019 European Film Awards; Best Director @ 2019 Seattle IFF; Best Film @ 2018 Tokyo IFF; New Cinema Award @ 2019 Transatlantyk Festival.

Those Who Remained

Available online via exclusive link and password​ June 26 – 29

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A 42-year-old doctor in Budapest and a 16-year-old girl hoping to see her father and mother again, bond, soon to be hampered by the Communist Party, which misunderstands their relationship. A story about returning from the horrors of the Holocaust while trying to rebuild lives, only to be returned to what could have been another evil ending. While each survives the war, they resign themselves to unhappiness until they find each other, returning their lives to something much more meaningful.

SPECIAL ZOOM EVENTS June 28 – 30 in collaboration with JCRC and P2G Western Galilee >> CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Winner: Official Selection @ 2019 Telluride FF

Entry: Best International Feature Film (Hungary) @ 2020 Academy Awards

Love in Suspenders

Available Online June 30 – July 2

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More About the Film
A 64-year-old widow (Tammy) and a 70-year-old widower (Beno), each suffering from the loss of loved ones, meet in an unlikely manner to become friends and, eventually lovers. From their first unfortunate encounter, when Tammy hits Beno with her car until they unite in front of the altar, Tammy and Beno’s relationship travels on comically and emotionally-fueled hairpin turns. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again, until ultimately their love wins out. Shlomo Bar-Aba gives a heartwarming performance as Tammy’s late husband, who refuses to let her go in a cinematic tribute to Jorge Amado’s Vadinho in Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands.

Winner: Best Drama @ 2019 Fairfield County JFF

Love in Suspenders

Available Online June 30 – July 2

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More About the Film
A 64-year-old widow (Tammy) and a 70-year-old widower (Beno), each suffering from the loss of loved ones, meet in an unlikely manner to become friends and, eventually lovers. From their first unfortunate encounter, when Tammy hits Beno with her car until they unite in front of the altar, Tammy and Beno’s relationship travels on comically and emotionally-fueled hairpin turns. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again, until ultimately their love wins out. Shlomo Bar-Aba gives a heartwarming performance as Tammy’s late husband, who refuses to let her go in a cinematic tribute to Jorge Amado’s Vadinho in Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands.

Winner: Best Drama @ 2019 Fairfield County JFF

Dayton Jewish Film Festival


The Dayton Jewish Film Festival offers outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride to the diversity of the Jewish people and to the community at large. Our goal is to educate and entertain through evocative, narrative and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from historic to current global perspectives

The Dayton Jewish Film Festival sincerely thanks the following for their support

STUDIO EXECUTIVE ($5,000+)
Sam Levin Foundation

PRODUCER ($2,500 – $4,999)
Bernard & Carole Rabinowitz Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton

DIRECTOR ($1,000 – $2,499)
Gayle & Irvin Moscowitz

SCREENWRITER ($500 – $999)
Renate Frydman
Rochelle & Michael Goldstein Cultural Arts Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton
Robert and Vicky Heuman
Joseph and Marsha Johnston
Richard Lapedes and Ms. Maureen Lynch
Meredith & Jim Levinson
Stephen Renas

ACTOR ($250 – $499)
Theodore Arnovitz Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton
James & Margaret Brooks
Enrique & Ruth Ellenbogen
Ed & Marcia Kress
Ann Laderman
Judy Lipton
David London
Carole & Donald Marger
Bonnie & Sandy Mendelson
Judy Schwartzman & Mike Jaffe

SUPPORTING ACTOR ($100 – $249)
A Friend
Beth Adelman
Jack & Maryann Bernstein
Barbara Blauman
Stanley & Connie Blum
Scot W. Denmark
Pat Drake
Enrique & Ruth Ellenbogen
Adam & Tara Feiner
Marni Flagel
Bella Freeman
Neil Friedman
Felix Garfunkel
Marsha & Stephen Goldberg
David Goldenberg
Debby & Bob Goldenberg
Kim & Shelley Goldenberg
Judi & George Grampp
Joan & Arthur Greenfield
Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Harlan
Michael Herrlein & Associates
Gary & Jane Hochstein
Linda & Steve Horenstein
Susan Joffe
Marc Katz & Julie Liss-Katz
Jerry Kuhr
Beverly Louis
Sarah Moore Leventhal
Ryan Levin of the Levin Family Foundation
Nora & Bob Newsock
Cantor Andrea Raizen
Carolyn Rice

Sara & David Shuster
Mack VanAllen
Dr.Warren Wingate

CREW ($18 – $99)
Frieda Blum
Robert & Leslie Buerki
Dena Briskin
Curtis Caden
Victoria Kisel Carman
Patty & Michael Caruso & Family
Alan & Judy Chesen
Marcia Cox
Phil & Louisa Dreety
Beverly Farnbacher
Chuck & Dee Fried
Ron & Shirlee Gilbert
Helene Gordon
Henry Guggenheimer
Meryl Hattenbach
Clara Hochstein
Helen Halcomb
Karen Jaffe & Skip Gridley
Franklin & Cheryl Lewis
Amy Margolin
Ruthe Meadow
Linda Novak
Edie Pequignot
Cherie Rosenstein
Helen Ross
David Rothschild
Dan & Kim Shaffer
Felice Shane

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Upcoming Events

Sat 11

Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

July 9 - July 31
Sat 11

Love in Suspenders

July 9 - July 31
Mon 13

Camp Shalom

July 13 - July 17
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH

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