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Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

April 7-17, 2016


The 16th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV, will screen 14 contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films that explore identity and place in the world. Opening night on April 7 features the new British comedy Dough; other films to be screened are À la Vie, A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt, Belle and Sebastian, Bulgarian Rhapsody, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, Laugh Lines, Raise the Roof, Rosenwald, Sabena Hijacking-My Version, Suicide, Time to Say Goodbye, To Life, and Wedding Doll. The schedule, descriptions and programs are posted on this site.

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2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031 (at Lee Highway and Gallows Road) 

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Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival Schedule                                                                            
Day/Date Time Film Length Genre
Thursday, April 7 7:30pm Dough + program 94 min Comedy
Friday, April 8 11:00am Raise the Roof 85 min Documentary
  1:00pm Bulgarian Rhapsody 108 min Drama
Saturday, April 9 7:00pm Laugh Lines < 94 min Comedy/Drama
  8:45pm Suicide < 132 min Action Thriller
Sunday, April 10 11:00am A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt 90 min Documentary
  1:00pm À la Vie 104 min Drama
  3:00pm Time to Say Goodbye 82 min Comedy
  4:45pm Sabena Hijacking < + program 98 min Documentary
  7:15pm To Life 86 min Drama
Monday, April 11 7:30pm Rosenwald + program 100 min Documentary
Tuesday, April 12 7:30pm Sabena Hijacking < + program 98 min Documentary
Wednesday, April 13 7:30pm Wedding Doll < + program 82 min Drama
Thursday, April 14 7:30pm Suicide < 132 min Action Thriller
Friday, April 15 10:30am In Search of Israeli Cuisine 85 min Documentary
  1:30pm A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt 90 min Documentary
Saturday, April 16 7:00pm Time to Say Goodbye 82 min Comedy
  8:45pm To Life 86 min Drama
Sunday, April 17 11:00am Bulgarian Rhapsody 108 min Drama
  1:00pm Laugh Lines < 94 min Comedy/Drama
  3:00pm   Belle and Sebastian 99 min Family
  4:45pm Raise the Roof + program 85 min Documentary
  7:15pm À la Vie + Raffle Drawing 104 min Drama

< Israeli-made films are underwritten in part by The Embassy of Israel

Special announcement: Very excited to announce that DGS Delicatessen/Mosaic is partnering with the Film Festival from April 7-17. If you eat at DGS during those dates, 10% of your food and beverage ticket will be donated back to the J’s film programs (Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival and ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia). Show either your ticket reservation form or your ticket stub and ask for the 10% to benefit the J. Nosh often!!!

À la Vie
Three women who met in Auschwitz reunite 15 years later during a seaside holiday.
Sunday, April 10, 1pm | Sunday, April 17, 7:15pm (Closing event)

A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt
The story of Berlin brushmaker Otto Weidt’s cunning rescue of his blind and deaf Jewish employees from the Nazis, all while he himself was almost completely blind. A powerful docu-drama of a little known story of love, devotion, and selflessness.
Sunday, April 10, 11am | Friday, April 15, 1:30pm

Belle and Sebastian
A six-year-old boy and his dog look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters. "A well-crafted outdoor adventure in the old school Disney tradition." - The Hollywood Reporter
Sunday, April 17, 3pm

Bulgarian Rhapsody
Bulgaria’s recent submission to the Academy Awards is a visually stunning tale of first love and friendship set in the summer of 1943.
Friday, April 8, 1pm | Sunday, April 17, 11am

Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice. 
Thursday, April 7, 7:30pm (Opening event) + Program

In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Celebrity chef-restaurateur Michael Solomonov zigzags Israel’s dynamic food scene well beyond falafel and hummus, to savor a food revolution and present a diverse portrait of the Israeli people told through the language of food.
Friday, April 15, 10:30am

Laugh Lines
As an older woman's life nears the end, she and her granddaughter are granted a final chance at a reprieve.
Saturday, April 9, 7pm | Sunday, April 17, 1pm

Raise the Roof
Inspired by images of magnificent wooden synagogues in 18th century Poland—the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis—artists Rick and Laura Brown set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue.
Friday, April 8, 11am | Sunday, April 17, 4:45pm + Program

Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler, rose to head Sears and then partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era.
Monday, April 11, 7:30pm + Program

Sabena Hijacking – My Version
Striking reenactments and harrowing testimonies combine to riveting effect in this true story of a terrorist siege that forever shaped the Jewish State.
Sunday, April 10, 4:45pm+ Program | Tuesday, April 12, 7:30pm + Program

Suicide (Hitabdut)
This action thriller follows a young, successful lawyer, that in a course of a one day has to commit the perfect crime in order to save her family from a psychotic loan-shark.
Saturday, April 9, 8:45pm | Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm

Time to Say Goodbye (Simon sagt 'Auf Wiedersehen' zu seiner Vorhaut)
A lovesick German-Jewish boy faces the aftermath of losing his dysfunctional family—and a bit of his manhood—in this laugh-out-loud tale of pubescent awkwardness.
Sunday, April 10, 3pm | Saturday, April 16, 7:00pm

To Life! (Auf das Leben)
This uplifting, drama-romance tells of the growing bond between two disparate souls, an aging Polish-born cabaret singer and a young German man with a secret.
Sunday, April 10, 7:15pm | Saturday, April 16, 8:45pm

Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar)
Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental disability, works in a toilet-paper factory and lives with her nurturing and protective single mother. Hagit prides herself on her independence but also dreams vividly—and daily—about marriage.
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30pm + Program

NVJFF Bonus Event
Cinematheque Israel at the JCCNV
An ongoing film and discussion series about shifting perspectives on Israeli life. Led by Na’ama Gold, JCCNV–JAFI Shiri Rahamim Shlichut Program. Single tickets: $9

Tuesday, April 19, 7pm
The film delicately weaves together the stories of four men in crisis, moving between scathing realism and subtle irony, and deals with the uncomfortable realities of 21st century life in Israel. Program: Home Away from Home. Share your thoughts about the film and Israel over a cup of coffee at our ‘Café Dilemma.’ 

Contact NVJFF
Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director and Film Festival Director | 703.537.3075
Anton Merbaum, Arts Engagement Coordinator | 703.537.3076
Box Office email: boxoffice@jccnv.org
Box Office phone: 703.537.3000

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Film submissions for the March 2017 Festival
Film submissions for the next festival start June 1, 2016 and end October 31, 2016. All films are considered that have at least 50% or more Jewish content or are Israeli-made. Films must be recent (2015, 2016, 2017). Please send email to Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director (and Film Fest Director), with the following information:

- Title
- Country of origin, year of release, running time, languages/subtitles
- Brief description of film (100-120 words)
- Link to film website
- Please note if film will have (or has had) a theatrical run, will have (or has had) a PBS showing, will have (or has had) screenings in the DC Metro region prior to March 1, 2017
- Vimeo link and password (must have permission to view for at least 30-60 days). Film will be previewed by 8-14 committee members.
- Submitter's contact information

Our committee will make a decision about our schedule in mid-December 2016, and will finalize all contracts by mid-January 2017. We only screen 10-14 films annually, and we rarely screen shorts.

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