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

2019 Film Festival

Our 2019 Film Festival will take place June 4 – June 27, 2019. Stay tuned to see our lineup!

Event Information

Popcorn is available at our Neon film showings at no charge for afternoon and evening screenings compliments of the Dayton Jewish Film Festival.
Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase at other venues.

Single ticket : $9
Student ticket: $8
Season Pass: $75*
*Includes all films

Tickets available at the door directly before the showing.
Tickets available by phone at 610-1555 or online at jewishdayton.org until noon the day before the showing.

Bye Bye Germany (Es War Enmal in Deutschland)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7PM at Cinemark at The Greene
(4489 Glengarry Dr., Beavercreek, 45440)

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**Second showing
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7PM at The Little Art Theatre
(247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 45387)

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to achieving his goal, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past. Peppered with Yiddish flavor, this picaresque comedy-drama tells the untold story of the Jewish men and woman whose grit allowed them to succeed in postwar Germany against all odds, and ultimately paved the way for reconciliation.

Winner: Audience Award Norwegian International Film Festival

Keep the Change

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:15PM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

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Two adults with autism strike up an unlikely and transformative relationship, in Keep the Change, a heartfelt, humorous and wonderfully surprising reinvention of the New York romantic comedy. David (Brandon Polansky), a high-functioning, upper-class charmer must attend a support group for people on the spectrum, where he falls for vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon). Despite contrasting personalities, they start an endearing romance, exploring Manhattan, breaking down barriers, and dealing with their disabilities, as Sarah’s happy-go-lucky spirit overrides David’s negativity. Showcasing naturally spontaneous performances by actors with autism, writer-director Rachel Israel’s inclusive and fresh debut is a unique and universal love story full of vibrant characters under-represented in cinema.

Winner: Best US Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director, Nora Ephron Prize (Tribeca FF)
Jury Award for Best US Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director at Tribeca Film Festival

Bagels Over Berlin

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:15PM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

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Antisemitism and discrimination in the United States made life uncomfortable for Jews in the 1930’s, and – in unison with Hitler’s propaganda machine – placed a share of the blame for the coming war on the Jews. Anti-Jewish rhetoric from social elites Henry Ford and Charles Lindberg was everywhere, and discrimination was omnipresent. Nonetheless, Americans Jews responded to the outbreak of war with an overwhelming determination to fight for the country they loved. Through his interviews with over 30 Jewish war veterans, director Alan Feinberg reveals how Jews volunteered in large numbers for the U.S. Army Air Corps, the branch of service with the highest mortality rate in the first part of the war.

Winner: Audience Award (Honorable Mention) Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

An Act of Defiance

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7PM at The Little Art Theatre
(247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 45387)

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**Second showing with guest speaker Jim Levinson
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Coffee: 9:30AM
Film: 10AM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

In this riveting historical drama, Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage during a raid in the South African town of Riviona. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend Mandela and his supporters. An Act of Defiance captures the dark period of South Africa’s history – Apartheid, while skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller.

Winner: Best Film @ UK JFF; Best Screenplay, Best Actor @ Netherland, Cape Town & Winelands, Capetown International; Audience Favorite @ Gold Award, Mill ValleyFF

The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbren)

Thursday, April 26
7:15PM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

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In June 1943, Germany infamously declared Berlin “judenfrei”—“free of Jews.” But at that moment there were still 7,000 Jews living in the Nazi capital: hiding in attics, basements, and warehouses, protected by courageous Berliners while desperately trying to avoid deportation. Only 1,700 lived to liberation. The Invisibles tells the stories of four survivors, interweaving their testimony with highly accomplished dramatizations, an unusual hybrid approach that brings edge-of-the-seat suspense to their years spent underground.

Winner: Audience Favorite-Silver Award Mill Valley Film Festival

Shelter

Sunday, April 29
5:15PM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

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A subtle thriller set in Germany involving Mona, a Lebanese woman (Golshifteh Farahani), and Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent (Neta Riskin) sent to protect their informant while recovering from plastic surgery for her new identity. Mona and Naomi – together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg. A safe house. A shelter. No one knew that this supposedly quiet fortnight would turn into an abyss and that shelter would need to be found elsewhere. The intimacy of the relationship that develops between the two women is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own. And yet, their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir.

Winner: Closing Night of Haifa International Film Festival

Big Sonia

Monday, April 30
7:15PM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

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91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

Winner: Best Documentary, Barcelona; Best Heartland Documentary, Kansas City; Best Local Film, Movie Trip Cinema, Kansas City; Audience Choice for best Documentary, Cleveland, Dallas, Monadnock International, Napa Valley, Philadelphia Jewish FF, Seattle Jewish FF, Mendocino FF, Berkshire Jewish FF, Tallgrass

The Cakemaker

Wednesday, May 2
7:15PM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

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Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover’s widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction. Finding himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return

Winner: Best feature drama at Miami Jewish Film Festival, winner of the Lia Van Leer Award for Jewish heritage at the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Ecumenical Jury prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Thursday, May 10
7:15PM at The Neon
(130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

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A dancer, singer, impressionist, and actor of unparalleled charisma, Sammy Davis Jr. began dazzling audiences at age three and never stopped until his death at 64. A star of stage and screen and member of the legendary Rat Pack, he broke racial barriers but paid a heavy price for it. Defying societal norms concerning interracial romance, religion, and political affiliation, Davis courted controversy many times, but always with grace and honesty. Davis inspired African Americans with his showbiz successes and his alignment with Martin Luther King; he also baffled progressive admirers by campaigning for Nixon and going to Vietnam. He was a performer and a patriot, and as devoted to Judaism as he was to entertainment.

Guest Speaker – Marshall Weiss

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