2016 Festival

    AKA Nadia

    “Can a person reinvent herself without dealing with consequences from her past?”

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    Baba Joon

    A family experiences turmoil when a 13-year-old son refuses to learn how to take over the family farm. Rated PG

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    Blush

    A heartfelt coming-of-age story, a wonderful love letter to an ephemeral stage of life as well as a snapshot of a family struggling to stay together amidst a rapidly changing environment.

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    Bogdan’s Journey

    Filmed in Poland, Israel and the United States for almost a decade. Its two directors, a Polish Catholic and a Jewish American, combine to tell a unique story about one man and how he redeems 70 years of bitter, contested memories; by telling the truth with love. Rated PG

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    Claire Klein Osipov – A Life Sung Yiddishly

    An intimate autobiographical portrait of the life of local Soprano, Claire Klein Osipov. Special Guests: Claire Klein Osipov and Director Haya Newman

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    Every Face Has a Name

    In the fascinating Swedish documentary, Helmer Magnus Gertten tracks down and interviews survivors from German concentration camps seen in a 35mm archival film reel showing their arrival at the harbor of Malmo, Sweden, on April 28, 1945.

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    Fanny’s Journey

    Inspired by an autobiographical book by Fanny Ben-Ami. Rated PG

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    Fire Birds

    A down-on-his-luck Israeli detective must unlock the secrets of a circle of spry Holocaust survivors to solve a vexing crime.

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    How to Win Enemies

    Have you ever been on a date that just felt too good to be true?

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    Hummus! The Movie

    “Hummus…it’s not normal, it’s not something ordinary…it’s magic.”

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    In Search of Israeli Cuisine

    Relishing in the mosaic of Israel’s demographics and interviewing chefs from various cultures and backgrounds.
    OPENING FILM & RECEPTION

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    Midnight Orchestra

    A young man’s life is transformed following his father’s funeral when he meets his father’s band mates.

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    Moos

    The return of a childhood friend inspires a woman to pursue her dream of becoming a singer – even if it involves bending reality here and there.
    HOSTED RECEPTION following FILM

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    Mr. Gaga

    A feast for the senses, celebrating an artist whose exuberant dances capture the thrills and burdens of having a body. ~Will Di Novi. Rated PG

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    My Home

    What do many Muslims, Christians, Bedouin, and Druze living in Israel have in common? Special Guest: Producer and Director Igal Hecht

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    On the Map

    Incredible true story about how the Tel Aviv team no one thought could win toppled the four-time defending European Champions and put Israel firmly on the map. Rated PG

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    One Rock Three Religions

    Explores humanity’s
    connection to one of the world’s most revered and disputed places, Jerusalem’s Haram Al Sharif or The Temple Mount. Special Guest: Producer Valentina Castellani-Quinn

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    Presenting Princess Shaw

    A rousing documentary crowd-pleaser about a star-crossed singer-songwriter and her crafty secret admirer. Performance with Special Guest: Samantha Montgomery A.K.A Princess Shaw

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    Song of the Lodz Ghetto

    Made up equally of chilling narrative, evocative music, and unforgettable photographs, this is the first major film to feature extensive interviews with survivors of the Holocaust from Lodz. Special Guest: Director David Kaufman

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    The Fantastic Five: An Amazing Short Film Collection

    You don’t want to miss the great collection of short films!

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    The Kind Words

    Follows three siblings who are going to discover the greatest secret of their late mother. This trip is going to change their lives.

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    The Last Laugh

    About humor and the Holocaust, examining whether it is ever acceptable to use humor in connection with a tragedy of that scale, and the implications for other seemingly off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech.

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    The Tenth Man

    A wryly amusing peek into Buenos Aires’ bustling Jewish quarter.

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    The Women’s Balcony

    The Women’s Balcony is an excellent commentary on how a happy and healthy community can be upset by an unexpected series of events.

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    Wedding Doll

    Sterling performances highlight the sensitive and heartbreaking story of a mentally disabled but strong-willed young Israeli woman who struggles for independence.

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    Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

    This film provides a sensitive, humorous and charming record of how the now forty-year-old protagonist and his estranged parents and siblings set off to confront their disagreements and fears.

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