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Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

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The Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents a diverse, inspiring lineup of award-winning films and engaging, educational programming that connects to the Jewish and Israeli stories. 

Film Festival.

Overview

The festival offers a full virtual lineup with limited, multi-access events to allow for viewing both from the comfort of your home and in community.

The full festival is virtual, including film showings and special events, with 48-hour watch availability. Please note geographic regions in which virtual films are available, noted on the virtual Eventive platform for each film. There are four multi-access films, which offer virtual or in-person showings. If in-person film showings are cancelled, virtual access will be provided. 

The mission of the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival is to educate, engage, and create connections within the Jewish community and beyond with the broader Cincinnati community. The Festival presents quality films that broaden and challenge perspectives, entertain, and appeal to a wide audience base. The views and opinions expressed in the films and special events in the Festival are those of the filmmakers or speakers. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Mayerson JCC, Festival Committee, staff, board, sponsors, or volunteers. 

Please join us again in February 2023 for the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival! 

COVID-19 Policy: Mayerson JCC policies and Film Festival in-person rules related to current public health safety will be enforced. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact arts@mayersonjcc.org.

The Mayerson JCC offers need-based financial assistance in an effort to make JCC programming accessible. Contact Membership@MayersonJCC.org to apply.

2022 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival Brochure

Thank you for taking a look at our 2022 Program Book! This virtual book is packed with director statements, film facts, speaker bios, and much more. Flip through at your leisure – you can even download it for later reading! As you move from page-to-page, highlighted sections will appear. You can click on these to explore even more content, including articles and videos.

Past Festival Line-Ups

2022

Persian Lessons
200 Meters
Alone Together
Thou Shalt Not Hate
Kiss Me Kosher
Here We Are
Tiger Within
A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto
With No Land
Lune
Forgiveness
A Common Goal

2021

A Cantors Head (Dir. Erik Greenberg Anjou, 2019)
Sustainable Nation (Dir. Micah Smith, 2019)
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Dir. Caroline Link, 2019)
The Art of Waiting (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2020)
Transkids (Dir. Hilla Medalia, 2019)
Asia (Dir. Ruthy Pribar, 2020)
They Ain’t Ready for Me (Dir. Brad Rothschild, 2019)
Honeymood (Dir. Talya Lavie, 2020)
My Name is Sara (Dir. Steven Oritt, 2019)
Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance (Dir. Shari Rogers, 2020)

2020

The Unorthodox (Dir. Eliran Malka, 2018)
Picture of His Life (Dir. Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir, 2019)
Those Who Remained (Dir. Barnabás Tóth, 2019)
The Spy Behind Home Plate (Dir. Aviva Kempner, 2019)
The Passengers (Dir. Ryan S. Porush, 2019)
Love in Suspenders (Dir. Jorge Weller, 2019)
Aulcie (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2019)
Leona (Dir. Isaac Cherem, 2018)
Family in Transition (Dir. Ofir Trainin, 2018)
Working Woman (Dir. Michal Aviad, 2018)
The Mamboniks (Dir. Lex Gillespie, 2019)
Witness Theater (Dir. Oren Rudavsky, 2018)
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (Dir. Max Lewkowicz, 2019)

2019

An Act of Defiance (Dir. Jean Van De Velde, 2017)
Budapest Noir (Dir. Éva Gárdos, 2017)
Keep the Change (Dir. Rachel Israel, 2017)
The Last Suit (Dir. Pablo Solarz, 2017)
Winter Hunt (Dir. Astrid Schult, 2018)
Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (Dir. Stephane Kaas, 2017)
Dear Fredy (Dir. Rubi Gat, 2017)
Shelter (Dir. Eran Riklis, 2018)
Who Will Write Our History? The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto (Dir. Roberta Grossman, Exec. Producer Nancy Spielberg, 2018)
The Invisibles (Dir. Claus Räfle, 2017)
When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience, and Hope (Dir. Rebecca Shore, 2017)
Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta (Dir. Bettina Ehrhardt, 2016)
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (Dirs. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger, 2018)

2018

Hummus! The Movie (Dir. Oren Rosenfeld, 2016)
Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (Dir. Yariv Mozer, 2016)
The 90-Minute War (Dir. Eyal Tadmor, 2017)
Home Port (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2016)
Scaffolding (Dir. Matan Yair, 2017)
Across the Waters (Dir. Nicolo Donato, 2017)
Bye Bye Germany (Dir. Sam Garbarski, 2017)
And Then She Arrived (Dir. Roee Florentin, 2017)
The Law (Dir. Christian Faure, 2015)
Amor (Dir. Raphaël Rebibo, 2016)
My Hero Brother (Dir. Yonatan Nir, 2016)
Big Sonia (Dirs. Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday, 2016)

2017

Mr. Predictable (Dir. Roee Florentin, 2016)
Fever at Dawn (Dir. Péter Gárdos, 2015)
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (Dirs. Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann, 2016)
A Heartbeat Away (Dirs. Tal Barda & Noam Pinchas, 2016)
The Last Mentsch (Dir. Pierre-Henry Salfati, 2014)
Persona Non Grata (Dir. Cellin Gluck, 2015)
Moos (Dir. Job Gosschalk, 2016)
Mr. Gaga (Dir. Tomer Heymann, 2015)
Wounded Land (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2015)
Time to Say Goodbye (Dir. Viviane Andereggen, 2015)
A.K.A. Nadia (Dir. Tova Ascher, 2015)
On The Map (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2016)

2016

Remember (Dir. Atom Egoyan, 2016)
Look At Us Now Mother! (Dir. Gayle Kirschenbaum, 2015)
Victor “Young” Perez (Dir. Jacques Ouaniche, 2014)
In Search of Israeli Cuisine (Dir. Roger M. Sherman, 2015)
Serial (Bad) Weddings (Dir. Philippe De Chauveron, 2014)
Les Héritiers/Once in a Lifetime (Dir. Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, 2014)
Rock in the Red Zone (Dir. Laura Bialis, 2014)
Fire Birds (Dir. Amir Wolf, 2015)
Is That You? (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2014)
Operation Sunflower (Dir. Avraham Kushnir, 2014)
Hill Start (Dir. Oren Stern, 2014)
Oriented (Dir. Jake Witzenfeld, 2015)
Special Event – On Movies: A Conversation with Film Critic Leonard Maltin

2015

Peace After Marriage (Dirs. Bandar Albuliwi & Ghazi Albuliwi, 2013)
The Green Prince (Dir. Nadav Schirman, 2014)
Aftermath (Dir. Władysław Pasikowski, 2013)
24 Days (Dir. Alexandre Arcady, 2014)
Dancing in Jaffa (Dir. Hilla Medalia, 2013)
Bethlehem (Dir. Yuval Adler, 2013)
Zero Motivation (Dir. Talya Lavie, 2014)
The Third Half (Dir. Darko Mitrevski, 2012)
Snails in the Rain (Dir. Yariv Mozer, 2013)
Above and Beyond (Dir. Roberta Grossman, 2014)

2014

The Yellow Ticket (Dirs. Eugen Illés & Victor Janson, 1918)
Eagles (Dir. Dror Sabo, 2012)
Kaddish For A Friend (Dir. Leo Khasin, 2011)
The Zigzag Kid (Dir. Bal Vincent, 2012)
Besa: The Promise (Dir. Rachel Goslins, 2012)
The Ceremony (Dir. Avi Weissblei, 2013)
Ameer Got His Gun (Dir. Naomi Levari, 2011)
Cupcakes (Dir. Eytan Fox, 2013)

2022 Film Festival Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Rockwern Charitable Foundation

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Annual Arts & Ideas Sponsors:

The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation

The Rockwern Charitable Foundation

Susan S. Friedlander

Jean E. Feinberg

Jen & John Stein

The Film Festival speakers are supported by the Roslyn W. and Jule Gildenblatt Memorial Endowment “as a living legacy to their commitment to the Jewish community and to the heritage of pluralistic Jewish study.”

DIRECTORS

In Memory of Lucille K. Carothers

Evelyn & Marc Fisher

Suzette & Michael Fisher

Aimee & Ian Guttman

Lara & Ronnen Isakov

Scott & Patricia Joseph

Jewish Hospital Mercy Health

Katz Teller

SCREENWRITERS

Marcie & Nathan Bachrach · Gina & Jon Blatt · Alison & Bret Caller · Fran & Craig Coleman · Comey & Shepherd Realtors · Jean E. Feinberg · Linda & Gary Greenberg · Paul Heldman & Debbie Kirshner · Sally & Marty Hiudt · Isaacsohn Family · Knue Family · Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown/ Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center · Deborah & John Moffatt · Nina & Edward Paul · Sam Greene · Scott Joseph · Cantor Alane Katzew · Margie Kessel · Amy Klein · Sharon Spiegel · Paul Spitz · Terry Stransky · Brian Sugerman · Aaron Weiner · Tara Vigran  Stacey & David Schimberg/ LiveWell Capital · Abby & David Schwartz · Terri & Walter Solomon · Jen & John Stein · Sherri & Adam Symson · Waldman & Company CPA’s · Weil Kahn Funeral Home

PARTNERS

AJC Cincinnati · Camp Livingston · Cedar Village Senior Living · Cincinnati Hillel · Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion · The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center · ish · Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati – Guardians and Friends · Jewish Family Service · Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – Jewish Community Relations Council · Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – Silver Circle Society and Create Your Jewish Legacy · Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – Young Adult Division · Jewish Fertility Foundation · Jewish Home of Cincinnati · Jewish National Fund – USA · JVS Career Services · The Kenwood by Senior Star · Mayerson JCC Young Adults · Shomrei Olam – Jewish Environmental Advocates of Cincinnati

Meet the Team

The Jewish & Israeli Film Festival is coordinated by Mayerson JCC staff and a committee of volunteers. 

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The mission of the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival is to educate, engage, and create connections within the Jewish community and beyond with the broader Cincinnati community. The Festival presents quality films that broaden and challenge perspectives, entertain, and appeal to a wide audience base. The views and opinions expressed in the films and special events in the Festival are those of the filmmakers or speakers. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Mayerson JCC, Festival Committee, staff, board, sponsors, or volunteers.