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Film: Festivals & Features

Through feature films, shorts, documentaries, student films and conversations with guest speakers, our festivals explore a variety of topics, all with the goal of exciting, engaging and educating our audiences. Many of our films have received awards both nationally and internationally. Since our festivals premiered, over 100 outstanding films have been shown at a variety of venues.  

Jewish Film Series

Check back soon for all the details of the annual Jewish Film Series at the Weinstein JCC!

Israeli Film Festival

Our annual Israeli Film Festival is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Israeli culture and access to Israel’s young but thriving film industry. The festival features films based upon various considerations such as awards or nominations, timely subject matter and input from the film community.

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival, presented by Weinstein Properties, will take place January 20-31, 2021! See below for all of this year's films.

Please pay attention to the Film Availability dates as this is the only time the film will be offered for viewing. More details including technical requirements and instructions can be found below.

Click here for a PDF of the instructions and tips to download.

Thanks to our Israeli Film Festival Co-Hosts:
Congregation Beth Ahabah
Congregation Or Ami
Congregation Or Atid
Hadassah Richmond
Knesset Beth Israel
Temple Beth El


Israeli Film Festival 2021 - My War Hero Uncle


Directed by Shaked Goren
Documentary | 52 min | 2018

"I decided to start sending letters - until my long-awaited release". Ami wrote these words at the age of 18, before he was killed in the 1967 War. Through stories, Memorial Day ceremonies, and his letters, Ami was always a present absence for his nephew Shaked, the film's director. Following his grandmother's declining health, Shaked applies to the Defense Ministry for nursing care. His claim is rejected. Their refusal leaves him confused. Fifty years after Ami's death, a shocking truth is unveiled.

Click here to view the trailer.

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 20 – 31 at the Weinstein JCC.

Film will be available beginning at 7:00PM on the first day of the film viewing window until 7:00PM on the last day of the film availability window. 

Ticket holders will receive their film link via email at 10:00AM on the first day of the film’s viewing window.

Israeli Film Festival 2021 - Shooting Life


A Film by David Kreiner
Narrative | 84 min | 2018 | Hebrew with English Subtitles

While helping his war-weary students find their own voices, a high school teacher attempts to start a new life in an Israeli town perpetually in danger, in the teen drama Shooting Life. Yigal (Mickey Leon), a middle-aged divorcé and unemployed film director from Tel Aviv, accepts a position teaching filmmaking in Sderot, near the Gaza border where air raid sirens and missile attacks are ubiquitous. Though they're slow to warm to him, he gains his 12th-grade students' trust by coaxing them to film their own stories of love and loss. With their cameras on themselves, they connect with family members, discovering secrets about their lives. But Yigal's fervent commitment to honest self-expression leads some kids into conflict with their parents, and puts him at odds with his school principal. Bolstered by a strong ensemble cast of up-and-coming young actors, this engrossing coming-of-age story ponders, from the next generation's viewpoint, the shattered dreams and future hopes of the Middle East.

Click here to view the trailer.

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 20 – 31 at the Weinstein JCC.

Film will be available beginning at 7:00PM on the first day of the film viewing window until 7:00PM on the last day of the film availability window. 

Ticket holders will receive their film link via email at 10:00AM on the first day of the film’s viewing window.

Israeli Film Festival 2021 - Aulcie


A Dani Menkin Film
Documentary | 75 min | 2020

Aulcie Perry, an African American, from the violence-filled streets of Newark, NJ finds his glory in leading Israel’s Maccabi basketball team to European championship, only to fall to drugs and jail time before his redemption and search for his biological daughter. Director Dani Menkin has captured the essence of Israel’s heartwarming, headstrong, and always hopeful history, and the harrowing tale of its adopted and much-beloved son, in the true story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s legendary player.

Click here to view the trailer.

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 20 – 31 at the Weinstein JCC.

Film will be available beginning at 7:00PM on the first day of the film viewing window until 7:00PM on the last day of the film availability window. 

Ticket holders will receive their film link via email at 10:00AM on the first day of the film’s viewing window.

 

***Tune in for a virtual live Q&A with director, Dani Menkin on Saturday, January 23 at 8PM!
Virtual admission is included with your Aulcie single film ticket, All Films Pass, or Arts + Ideas subscription

About Dani Menkin
Dani Menkin is a twice Israeli Academy Award Winning filmmaker for 39 POUNDS OF LOVE, IS THAT YOU?. 39 Pounds of Love has been sold to HBO and was SHORTLISTED for the OSCARS. Dani Menkin’s award winning film, DOLPHIN BOY co-directed with Yonatan Nir) was sold to over 20 countries around the globe and was bought by DISNEY for adaptation. ON THE MAP is being distributed by LIONSGATE in North America. Dani Menkin is a speaker and film juror at International Festivals around the world, as well as a film professor in universities in the U.S.

Israeli Film Festival 2021 - Asia


Winner of 9 Israeli Ophir Awards including BEST PICTURE and BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Shira Haas)
Directed by Ruthy Pribar
Narrative | 85 min | 2020 | Hebrew with English Subtitles

Asia (Alena Yiv) and Vika (Shira Haas) are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Young mom Asia hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle, and expects the same openness and honesty from teenage Vika. But Vika is at an age where privacy and independence are paramount, and inevitably begins to rebel against her mom’s parenting style. With two stubborn and opinionated women under one roof, Asia finds herself in new territory and stumbles to achieve a balance between asserting her parental authority and respecting her daughter’s point of view. When health issues lead Vika to be confined to a wheelchair and her need for romantic experiences and sexual exploration becomes more urgent, Asia realizes she must get out of the way so that her daughter can live her life.

 "In her debut feature film, Israeli filmmaker Ruthy Pribar focuses on a pair of Russian immigrants in Israel, candidly exploring the challenges of motherhood and the desires of the differently-abled." —Miriam Garcia, Tribeca Film Festival

Click here to view the trailer.

EXCLUSIVE VIRTUAL INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR, RUTHY PRIBAR AND ACTRESSES SHIRA HAAS AND ALENA YIV ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 AT 7PM EST - PRE-RECORDED

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 20 – 31 at the Weinstein JCC.

Film will be available beginning at 7:00PM on the first day of the film viewing window until 7:00PM on the last day of the film availability window. 

Ticket holders will receive their film link via email at 10:00AM on the first day of the film’s viewing window.
 

Israeli Film Festival 2021 - Land of Milk & Funny


Directed by Larry Herbst
Comedy Documentary | 87 min | 2017

The story of an American Jewish comedian bringing his colleagues to the Jewish homeland to lift spirits and raise funds for a great cause is none other than Avi Liberman’s Land of Milk and Funny.

Described by The Times of Israel as “both sidesplitting and moving,” this hilarious and revealing film details stand-up comedian Avi Liberman’s ongoing quest to bring top-tier American comedy to Israeli audiences. The tours he’s put together have featured 30 comedians, at 100 performances, selling 20,000 tickets, and generating a quarter of a million dollars – much of it for the Comedy for Koby charity. benefiting the Koby Mandell Foundation, which runs therapeutic healing programs for the families of terror victims, in honor of teenage victim Koby Mandell, who was murdered in 2001.

Click here to view the trailer.

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 20 – 31 at the Weinstein JCC.

Film will be available beginning at 7:00PM on the first day of the film viewing window until 7:00PM on the last day of the film availability window. 

Ticket holders will receive their film link via email at 10:00AM on the first day of the film’s viewing window.

 

***Tune in for a virtual live Q&A with comedian, Avi Liberman on Saturday, January 30 at 8PM!
Virtual admission is included with your Land of Milk and Funny single film ticket, All Films Pass, or Arts + Ideas subscription

About Avi Liberman
Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.

Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Make Me Laugh" as well as NBC's "Friday Night!" His acting credits include "Dave's World" CBS, "Boston Common" NBC and "Andytown U.S.A." Comedy Central.  Avi can be seen regularly on E! as one of their frequent guests on their very popular countdown series. He has also guest starred on "Movies At Our House," as well as having shot a pilot titled "Through the Keyhole" both on AMC. He has also been heard on radio stations across the country. 

Israeli Film Festival 2021 - Here We Are


Winner of 4 Israeli Ophir Awards including BEST DIRECTOR (Nir Bergman), BEST ACTOR (Shai Avivi) & BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Noam Imber)
A Film by Nir Bergman
Narrative | 92 min | 2020 | Hebrew with English Subtitles

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?

Click here to view the trailer.

VIRTUAL LIVE Q&A WITH DIRECTOR, NIR BERGMAN ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 AT 2PM EST

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 20 – 31 at the Weinstein JCC.

Film will be available beginning at 7:00PM on the first day of the film viewing window until 7:00PM on the last day of the film availability window. 

Ticket holders will receive their film link via email at 10:00AM on the first day of the film’s viewing window.

Israeli Film Festival 2021 - All Films Pass


The All Films Pass for this year's Israeli Film Festival is $65 and can be purchased below.

The 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 20 – 31 at the Weinstein JCC.

Film will be available beginning at 7:00PM on the first day of the film viewing window until 7:00PM on the last day of the film availability window. 

Ticket holders will receive their film link via email at 10:00AM on the first day of the film’s viewing window.

ReelAbilities Diversity & Inclusion Festival

The ReelAbilities Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films, accompanied by discussions and other engaging programs which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Kesem (“Magic” in Hebrew) is exactly what occurs when actors, both with and without needs, go through this theatrical process together. Under the direction of Brian Bassett, participants learn, grow and express themselves in ways they may never had imagined.  In Kesem, the Weinstein JCC’s inclusive theater project, it is the process, more than the result, that is most important.  The cast and crew of Kesem invite everyone to come and experience the magic of Kesem! Click here to learn more.

This year's festival will take place February 8-11, 2021.

See below for this year's line-up of events!

ReelAbilities Diversity & Inclusion Festival - Keep the Change


Comedy | 93 min | 2018 I Directed by Rachel Israel

David is an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism. Forced by his parents to attend Connections, a support group for people on the autism spectrum, he falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered young woman who challenges his identity as "normal."

Keep the Change is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Those without access to Amazon Prime Video will receive a link to the film upon registration.

Watch the film and then join the Zoom program on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM for a discussion with the film actors, Brandon Polansky (David) and Samantha Elisofon (Sara).

Click here to register for this FREE virtual event.

Click here to view the movie trailer.

ReelAbilities Diversity & Inclusion Festival - Once a Girl, Always a Boy


As part of the ReelAbilities Diversity and Inclusion Festival, the Weinstein JCC is pleased to host author, speaker and LGBTQ activist, Jo Ivester, who will present her book Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey. Jo tells the story of Jeremy’s journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only Jeremy’s story but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives―those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they once saw as a sister, and of the parents who ultimately joined him in the battle against discrimination. This is a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Keri Abrams is a board member of Diversity Richmond, and the founder of “Let’s Talk”, a local gender support group. She is an active member of the Richmond area transgender community and has presented to local businesses and colleges on transgender issues. She has also participated in projects, by local photographers and journalists, on life as a transgender person in Richmond.

Click here to register for this FREE virtual event.

ReelAbilities Diversity & Inclusion Festival - Crazy


Documentary | 60 min | 2019 I Directed by Lise Zumwalt

In 2011, Eric, diagnosed schizophrenic, faces a critical choice - comply with traditional mental health treatment or follow his own path to wellness. CRAZY provides a front row seat to one person’s struggle with his illness, his family, the local mental health system, psych meds and the right to make his own treatment decisions.

Talk back panel discussion led by Erin Mahone, founder, #If You Could See Me project.

Click here to register for this FREE virtual event and to receive the film link.

Click here to view the movie trailer.

For more information about film at the Weinstein JCC, contact Cultural Arts Director Leslie McGuigan at 545-8644 or lmcguigan@weinsteinjcc.org.