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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

2021 Season Pass

Season Pass: $50 (Includes Opening Night and all Virtual Films)

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2021 Lineup

 

Opening Night: Picture of His Life

Tuesday, June 8

@ The Dixie Twin Drive-In

Interactive Zoom discussion June 14 @ 7PM with Film Director Dani Menkin

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He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks but one major predator has always eluded him, the Polar bear. He tried before and barely escaped, but now, as he nears the end of his career, 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, but where others find fear, Amos finds redemption.

Aulcie

Available Online June 10 – 13

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Interactive Zoom discussion June 14 @ 7PM with Film Director Dani Menkin

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Recruited from the basketball courts of Harlem, Newark native Aulcie Perry joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in 1976. He quickly established himself as a leader and helped defeat the heavily favored Soviets to give Team Israel its first European championship. He adopted a Hebrew name, converted to Judaism, and became an Israeli citizen. Aulcie shares his story of redemption. Electrifying game footage and insightful interviews complete this emotional profile of a superstar athlete who put Israeli basketball on the map.

Here We Are

Available Online June 14 – 16

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Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?

My Dearest Enemy

Available Online June 17 – 20

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Interactive Zoom discussion June 20 @ 7PM with Film Director Tzipi Trope

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My Dearest Enemy tells the story of Maya and Alice, an Arab and a Jew, and their 25 year friendship. When their relationship is threatened by the conflict and violence within Israel, not only is their friendship caught in the crossfire, but so are their families.

My Name is Sara

Available Online June 21 – 23

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My Name is Sara tells the true life-story of Sara Guralnick, a 13-year-old Polish Jew whose entire family was killed by Nazis in September of 1942. After a grueling escape 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.

Love it Was Not

Available Online June 24 – 27

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Love It Was Not is a tragic love story between a prisoner and her captor. Flamboyant and full of life, Helena Citron is taken to Auschwitz as a young woman, and soon finds unlikely solace under the tutelage of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer who falls in love with her and her magnetic singing voice. When a letter arrives from Wunsch’s wife, thirty years later, begging Helena to testify on Wunsch’s behalf, she’s faced with an impossible decision: will she help the man who brutalized so many lives, but saved hers along with some of the people closest to her?

Shared Legacies

Available Online June 28 – 30

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Common cause between the Black and Jewish communities was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored. The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. This potent, inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership validates the ubiquity of the human experience, and how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.

The Crossing

Available Online July 1 – 4

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The Crossing tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. One day, just before Christmas in 1942, Gerda and Otto’s parents are arrested, leaving the siblings on their own. When they uncover their parent’s secret, it is up Gerda and Otto to finish what their parents started.

Kiss Me Kosher

Available Online July 5 – 7

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Sparks fly when two families from wildly different cultural backgrounds collide to plan a same sex wedding in this screwball romantic comedy that crosses all borders.

Golda

Available Online July 8 – July 11

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Interactive Zoom discussion July 11 @ 11AM with Film Director Udi Nir

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Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as Prime Minister – five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost.

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

PRODUCER ($1,000 +)
Sam Levin Foundation
Gayle & Irvin Moscowitz
Bernard Rabinowitz

DIRECTOR ($500 – $999)
Michael Goldstein
Terry & Marlene Pinsky
Stephen Renas
Sue Spiegel & Lisa Hanauer 
Mary Rita & Norman Weissman

SCREENWRITER ($250 – $499)
Beth Adelman
Enrique & Ruth Ellenbogen
Renate Frydman
Robert & Debby Goldenberg
Robert & Vicky Heuman
Michael Jaffe
Joseph & Marsha Johnston
Marc Katz & Julie Liss Katz

Ed & Marcia Kress
Ann Laderman
David London
Carole & Donald Marger
Mr. & Mrs. Sandy Mendelson

ACTOR ($100 – $249)
Matt & Elaine Arnovitz
Jack & Maryann Bernstein
Stanley & Connie Blum
Michael & Patty Caruso
Adam & Tara Feiner
Marni Flagel
Neil D. Friedman
Felix Garfunkel & Family
Paula Gessiness & Jay Holland
David & Lynn Goldenberg
Martin Gottlieb
Judi & George Grampp
Franklin Handel & Renee Rubin Handel
Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Harlan
Judy Heller
Michael Herrlein
Jane & Gary Hochstein
Linda & Steven Horenstein
Susan & David Joffe

Linda & Allan Katz
Andrea Klein
Jim & Meredith Levinson
Ellie M. Lewis
Norm & Kay Lewis
Judy Lipton
Beverly Louis
Jane & David Novick
Cantor Andrea Raizen
Carolyn Rice
Burt & Alice Saidel
Judith Schwartzman
Felice Shane
Melissa & Tim Sweeny
Suzanne & Bob Thum
Dieter & Suzanne Walk
Barbara & Jim Weprin

Corporate Sponsors

Past Events

Opening Night: Bye Bye Germany
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Keep the Change
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Bagels Over Berlin
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Big Sonia
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Keep the Change
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Bagels Over Berlin
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Big Sonia
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Opening Night: Bye Bye Germany
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Keep the Change
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Sneak Peek: The Frisco Kid
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Opening Night: Fanny’s Journey
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In Search of Israeli Cuisine
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Keep Quiet
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The People VS. Fritz Bauer
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The Women’s Balcony
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In Search of Israeli Cuisine
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Keep Quiet
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The People VS. Fritz Bauer
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Opening Night: Once in a Lifetime
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Jewish Observer

Observer editor honored for best feature writing in Ohio

Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards has announced that Dayton Jewish Observer Editor and Publisher Marshall Weiss has received the 2021 first-place award for Best Feature Reporting in its small newspaper category (circulation below 60,000). The awards are presented by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus SPJ chapters. Judges’ comments wrote The post Observer editor honored for best feature writing in Ohio appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Importance of free speech opens JCRC Dismantling Antisemitism series

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In her book, Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech For All, Suzanne Nossel calls out intentional and unintentional actions that erode free speech in the United States wherever she sees it. She cites liberal politicians who have “wrongheadedly” endorsed bans and punishments “for The post Importance of free speech opens JCRC Dismantling Antisemitism series appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Finish Strong: A Father’s Code and a Son’s Path By Nate Ebner and Paul Daugherty • Penguin Press • 266 pages • $27 Story by Marc Katz, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Tucked in a 266-page book about the loving relationship he had with his father — and his The post Son’s love for his dad imbues Nate Ebner’s story appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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