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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 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival, presented by Weinstein Properties, will take place January 23-30 at the Weinstein JCC.

All films will be shown at the Weinstein JCC unless otherwise noted.

See below for this year's films!

Thank you to this year's Israeli Film Festival Committee:
Committee Chairs: Leslie and David Greenberg
Lisa and Andy Fratkin
Jill and Ben Kutner
Hanit and Shahar Laron
Risa and Jay Levine
David Buchsbaum and Leslie McManus
Karen and Ken Olshansky
Eileen Schulman

Thank you to our Community Co-Hosts:
Chabad of Virginia
Congregation Beth Ahabah
Congregation Or Ami
Congregation Or Atid
Hadassah Richmond
Keneseth Beth Israel
Temple Beth-El
University of Richmond Hillel

Israeli Film Festival 2020 - The Unorthodox


Directed by Eliran Malka | Narrative | Israel 2018 | 92 min. | Hebrew, Yiddish

2019 Ophir Award Nominee for Best Picture

It’s 1983 and the religious party in Israel is led by the Ashkenazi elite. Yakov Cohen (Shuli Rand, Ushpizin), a Mizrahi printer in Jerusalem, doesn’t have money, connections, or political experience, but after his daughter is expelled from an Ashkenazi yeshiva, he decides that things need to change. Yakov’s campaign is informal but with the help of two friends, a great sense of humor and a whole lot of determination, he is going to build a new political party from the bottom up. Directed by the creator of Shababnikim, The Unorthodox is a fictionalized account of the creation of Israel’s Shas party.

Israeli Dinner from 6-7PM ($15 per person – not included in subscription)
Sponsored by Chris and Marc Greenberg and Blackwood Development

The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 23 – 30 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2020 - Love in Suspenders


Directed by Jorge Weller | Narrative | Israel 2019 | 102 min | Hebrew with English subtitles

This sentimental romantic comedy explores the relationship between Tami, a 64 year old widow who constantly deals with the memory of her loving late husband and Beno, a 70 year old sarcastic lone wolf widower. The encounter between two people with such different personalities, such as Tammy and Beno, has to result in a nightmare…but love has its own rules. A funny, heartwarming tale of love.

The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 23 – 30 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2020 - Incitement


Directed by Yaron Zilberman | Narrative | Israel 2019 | 123 min | Hebrew with English subtitles

A psychological thriller, Incitement chronicles the year leading to the assassination of Israel’s prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. On the backdrop of Rabin’s efforts to end once and for all the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the film is told through the journey of the assassin. It examines all the forces that acted on him, from his personal quest to become a hero in the eyes of his peers, and the rejection he faces from his love, interest to the intense incitement of politicians and religious leaders. The film is a cautionary tale to what happens when leaders use politics of violence and hate.

The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 23 – 30 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2020 - Redemption


Directed by Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov | Narrative | Israel 2018 | 104 minutes |Hebrew with English subtitles

Menachem, (Moshe Folkenflick), a former frontman for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allows him to reconnect with his secular past. Menachem understands that only a new connection to his past and to his music can pave the road to his own redemption.

The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 23 – 30 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2020 - Picture of His Life


A Yonatin Nir | Dani Menkin Film | Documentary | Canada, United States, Israel 2019 | 71 min |Hebrew with English subtitles

Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all times. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach, that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection.

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, after four decades in the wilderness, Amos 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.

The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 23 – 30 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2020 - Golda


Directed by Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir, Shani Rozanes | Documentary | Israel, Germany 2019| 88 minutes | Hebrew with English subtitles

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. Based on these never-before seen materials, testimonies of supporters and opponents and rare archival footage, Golda tells the story of Meir’s dramatic premiership – from her surprising rise to power and iconic international stature as “queen of the Jewish people”, to her tragic and lonely demise.

The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 23 – 30 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine