Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director
Dan Kirsch
(703) 537-3075

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin
(703) 537-3063


JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov
(703) 537-3034


Upcoming Events

Cultural Arts at the JCCNV

Cultural Arts at the J

Season Opening &
Fall Comedy Night

An Evening of Comedy
with Annabelle Gurwitch
Saturday, October 25, 8pm

The J's third season opens
with the co-host of TV's
"Dinner & A Movie."

Author, comedian, Jewish mother,
environmentalist, and more.

The Voice

Film Descriptions, Screening Times, & Ticketing

All film screenings at Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax 22031 (at Lee Highway & Gallows Road) unless otherwise noted.
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Opening Night Film

When Comedy Went to School

Thursday, March 20, JCCNV
6:30pm Social | 7pm Dinner | 7:45pm Program and Film | Followed by Dessert Reception

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Sunday, March 30, Angelika Film Center, 10:45am

Written by Lawrence Richards
Directed by Ron Frank and Melvut Akkaya
USA | 2013 | 77 minutes | Documentary

In New York’s Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt, Jewish immigrants transformed lush farmland into the 20th century’s largest resort complex. Those Catskill hotels and bungalow colonies provided the setting for a remarkable group of young Jewish-American comedians to hone their craft and become worldwide legends — the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller — all of whom make appearances in the film, telling jokes along with their stories. Robert Klein narrates.
Join us for a delicious chicken dinner, a glass of wine, and a special program. Dietary laws observed.
Advance tickets: $39 per person (thru March 13); $45 starting March 14
Deadline for registration: Monday, March 17
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Opening Night Individual Sponsors: Lorraine Fischer & Marc Kremer, BJ & Allon Shiff.
Opening Night Business Sponsors: Richard Oppenheim, Atlantic Settlement Group, LLC; The Virginian

Aftermath (Poklosie)

Sunday, March 23, 12:30pm

Thursday, March 27, 7:15pm

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Written and Directed by Władysław Pasikowski
Poland/Netherlands/Russia/Slovakia | 2013
107 minutes | Polish with subtitles | Drama

An ordinary village. A dark secret. A man returns to Poland after many years abroad, alarmed by the news that his younger brother has come into conflict with his village neighbors. As the two brothers struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue, uncovering a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown. Writer-director Pasikowski uses the true story of what happened in the Polish town of Jedwabne, an incident revealed in historian Jan Gross’ equally controversial 2001 book “Neighbors,” as the inspiration for a fictional drama.

“One of the most effective of Aftermath’s notions is to make the investigators not the classic righteous Gentiles of so many Holocaust movies but angry, dissatisfied, antisocial, even borderline anti-Semitic individuals drawn into a quest for the truth almost against their will.” — LA Times
Jerusalem Film Festival 2013 – Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award
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The German Doctor (Wakolda)

Saturday, March 22, 8:30pm*
Friday, March 28, 12:30pm**

clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/The German Doctor cc (2).jpgWritten, Directed and Produced by Lucía Puenzo, based on her novel Wakolda
Argentina/France/Spain/Norway | 2013 | 94 minutes | Spanish/German/Hebrew with subtitles | Drama

Patagonia, 1960. The infamous Nazi criminal Josef Mengele, going by an alias, connects with an Argentine family and follows them to Bariloche, where they are set to open a new hotel. Chillingly interested in the mother, pregnant with twins, and their diminutive 12-year-old daughter, Mengele’s dark passions are reignited. Unaware of his true identity, the family welcomes the charismatic man with open arms, until they discover his disturbing secret.
Argentina’s official entry for this year’s Academy Awards
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*Screening Sponsor: Scott Wirtzman
**Screening Sponsor: Polly Craighill

The Jewish Cardinal (Le métis de Dieu)

Sunday, March 23, 7:15pm (with screening of "Moses on the Mesa")*
Friday, March 28, 10:45am
Sunday, March 30, 12:30pm

Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen
clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/The Jewish Cardinal cc.jpgFrance | 2013 | 90 minutes | French/Latin/Polish with subtitles | Drama

A fascinating account of the Archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Lustiger, who was born Aaron Lustiger to Ashkenazi Jewish parents living in France. At 13 he converted to Catholicism over his father’s protests and attempts to rescind his baptism. Lustiger rose in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church to become one of its most outspoken and prominent Cardinals, helping Pope John Paul II tackle vital issues of the day politically and globally.
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*Screening Sponsors: Dara & Joshua Greene

Moses on the Mesa

Sunday, March 23, 7:15pm (prior to "The Jewish Cardinal")

clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/Moses on the Mesa cc1.jpgDirected by Paul Ratner
USA | 2013 | 19 minutes | Short

The real-life tale of Solomon Bibo, a Jewish immigrant who left Germany in 1869 while still a teenager, to seek out the mythical “El Dorado” in America. Through incredible twists of fate he
became governor of the indigenous tribe of Acoma whose ancient pueblo sits atop a beautiful and unassailable cliff in the middle of a New Mexico desert. Award: Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists from the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

This short film will be shown with The Jewish Cardinal.
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Sunday, March 23, 10:30am
Wednesday, March 26, 7:15pm*

clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/suskind 1 cc.jpgDirected by Rudolf van den Berg
Netherlands | 2012 | 118 minutes | Dutch with subtitles | Drama

In July 1942 the Amsterdam Jewish Council appointed Walter Süskind to manage the Judische Schouwburg — The Dutch Theatre — as a deportation centre for Jews in Amsterdam. Directly across the street from the Schouwburg there was a crèche. As trams passed by, children were smuggled out of the Schouwburg into the crèche without being observed by the Germans. Playing a cat-and-mouse game with an S.S. officer, during the eighteen months that Süskind was in charge, and with the help of four separate groups of resistance workers, he was able to save the lives of almost one thousand infants and children.

“A war drama that merits comparison with Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List”. Overall excellent interpretations of roles, with a constant thriller element present in the delicate and ambivalent relationship between Süskind and the Nazi officer he has to deal with.” — Algemeen Dagblad
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*Screening Sponsors: Janet & Murray Horwitz

Dancing in Jaffa

Monday, March 24, 7:15pm*
Sunday, March 30, 4:45pm

clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/Dancing in Jaffa 0173 cc.jpgDirected by Hilla Medalia
Israel/USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Hebrew/Arabic with subtitles | Documentary

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has a burning desire to use dance for social good, teaming Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children as ballroom partners. Born in Jaffa in 1944, Dulaine returns 30 years after leaving, and finds a society even more deeply and stringently divided than before. Immediately, he sets about teaching gradeschool children to dance; Dulaine perseveres with his belief in the power of dance to build self-esteem and social awareness. The film intimately captures Dulaine and the Jaffa children’s amazing journey as they are partnered with a Jewish or Palestinian boy or girl they had never met before from another school to compete in a dance contest. Filled with warmth, courage and lighthearted humor.
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* Screening Sponsor: Producers Guild of America

DC Metro Premiere!
Igor and the Cranes’ Journey (Igor VeMasa Ha’Agurim)

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Wednesday, March 26, 12:30pm
Sunday, March 30, 2:45pm*

Directed by Evgeny Ruman | Based on the novel of same title by Aki Shavit
Israel/Germany/Poland | 2013 | 90 minutes | Hebrew/Russian with subtitles | Family

A charming fable about migration and the meaning of home. An estranged father and 11-year-old son are brought together by a young crane named Karl as they trace a family of birds on their migratory journey from Russia to Africa. When Igor’s mother decides for both of them to migrate from Russia to Israel, Igor attempts to draw his father closer and earn acceptance from his classmates by coming up with an extraordinary plan to build a watering hole for Karl and the cranes’ stopover in Israel. With exquisite cinematography and sensitive script, this subtitled film is perfect for dreamers ages 10 and up.
Winner of the Jury Prize of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
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*Screening Sponsor: Camps Airy & Louise
Special thanks to the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Zigzag Kid (Nono, het Zigzag Kind)

Sunday, March 23, 2:45pm
Saturday, March 29, 8:30pm

clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/Nono jumps cc.jpgDirected by Vincent Bal
Belgium/Netherlands | 2012 | 95 minutes | Dutch/English/French with subtitles | Family
Based on the novel The Zigzag Kid (Yesh yeladim zigzag) by David Grossman

Whimsical and witty, this action-packed detective escapade finds over-imaginative Nono Feierberg on a mission to become just like his dad — the greatest police inspector in the world. En route to the French Riviera he meets up with foxy criminal Felix and charming chanteuse Lola (Isabella Rossellini), and with only twenty-four hours to go before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono must complete his high-stakes mission, while also confronting the mystery of his own identity and the truth about the mother he has never known. This subtitled film is a stylish, witty, action-packed caper a la The Pink Panther that also touches on themes of selfdiscovery, the strength of family, and acceptance.
Most enjoyed by ages 10 and up. Please note this film warrants parental guidance.
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Two Sided Story (Shnei panim la-sipur)

Tuesday, March 25, 7:15pm

clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/Two Sided Story6 cc.jpgDirected by Tor Ben Mayor
Israel/Palestine | 2012 | 75 minutes | Hebrew/Arabic with subtitles | Documentary

The film follows a group of 27 Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project called “History through the Human Eye” led by Parents Circle-Families Forum: Bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and Reconciliation. Among them include bereaved families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex-soldiers in the Israeli army, ex-security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non-violent activists and more. They are not trying to convince each other that their narrative is right, nor are they seeking a political solution. They have simply been asked to listen, to clarify the differences between how they grasp reality and how they see the other side.
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Under the Same Sun

Sunday, March 23, 4:45pm*
Friday, March 28, 2:30pm

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Israel/USA | 2012 | 84 minutes | Hebrew/
Arabic/English with subtitles | Drama

Set in the near future, the film looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine. It is the story of two businessmen — one Palestinian and one Israeli — who struggle to set up a solar energy company. Both come from societies where there is strong opposition to cooperating with the other, and the story tells how they overcome hostility from within their own families and from the people around them. In the end, they mount a Facebook campaign that brings popular support both to their joint venture and to the peace process.
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*Screening Sponsors: Judie & Norm Weiss

Festival Closing Night
Film and Dessert Reception

Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story

Sunday, March 30, 7:15pm

clientuploads/2014 Film Festival/David Steinberg cc.jpgDirected by Barry Avrich
Canada | 2013 | 80 minutes | Documentary

Born in a strict Jewish household, David Steinberg abandoned his yeshiva studies to join Chicago’s legendary Second City improv troupe, and never looked back. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson more than 130 times (second only to Bob Hope), but his religious sermonettes were too hot for CBS, prompting the cancellation of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Plentiful clips of Steinberg’s priceless performances and TV directing credits (Seinfeld, Mad About You, Golden Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm) are paired with backstage stories from Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Norm Macdonald, Jeff Garlin and others who illuminate Steinberg’s place in the comedy pantheon, a satirist and provocateur who influenced and entertained generations. Please note: this is the only screening of this film during the festival.
Advance tickets: $13 per person (thru March 23); $16 starting March 24
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Closing Night Sponsors: Anita & Steve Dienstfrey


Print Sources
Aftermath (Menemsha Films), Dancing in Jaffa (IFC Films), The German Doctor (Samuel Goldwyn Films), Igor and the Cranes’ Journey (United Channels Movies), The Jewish Cardinal (Film Movement), Moses on the Mesa (Paul Ratner), Quality Balls (7th Art Releasing), Süskind (7th Art Releasing), Two Sided Story (American Friends of the Parents Circle - Families Forum), Under the Same Sun (IsraeliFilms), When Comedy Went to School (International Film Circuit), The Zigzag Kid (Menemsha Films)

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