For 18 years, Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. Thanks to you, NVJFF is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Virginia.
We are eager to share our chai (18th) year with you! Come experience the unparalleled power of our films; to entertain, to inspire, to change minds, to connect hearts, and to bring the diverse Jewish experience to life - L'chaim!
See you at the movies,
Sarah Berry and Sharon King
JCCNV Cultural Arts Department
Steve Dienstfrey and Ronnie Oppenheim
Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival Co-Chairs
STITCHERS: TAPESTRY OF SPIRIT
Tassie Notar | Documentary | 15 min | Canada | 2017 | English
1,000 stitchers in 20 countries' ambitious project to create the entire Torah in needlepoint.
THE LAST SUIT
Pablo Solarz | Drama | 92 min | Spain, Argentina | 2017 | Spanish with English Subtitles
Abraham's kids plant him in a Buenos Aires retirement home. Instead he books a one-way trip to Europe to find the man who saved him from certain death.
Generously sponsored by Anita and Steve Dienstfrey
Rachel Myers | Documentary | 10 min | USA | 2017 | English
A group of seniors share the joys of community and ritual, while ushering in Shabbat at Wendy's, however unorthodox it may appear.
LIFE IS RICH
Bonnie Rich | Documentary | 46 min | USA | 2018 | English
A D.C.-area-based mom on a mission to persuade her daughters to raise her future grandchildren Jewish... and see Judaism as more than matzo balls.
Generously sponsored by Dara and Joshua Greene
MONKEY BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGE'S CREATORS
Ema Ryan Yamazaki | Documentary | 81 min | USA | 2017 | English
The mischievous Curious George made his first appearance over 75 years ago. If not for a pair of handmade bicycles, however, his creators might never escaped Nazi-occupied Europe.
Sam Hoffman | Comedy | 93 min | USA | 2018 | English
When his wife leaves him, Nate, a New York playwright begrudgingly moves into his jokester father's retirement community. He stumbles on a troupe staging a musical and agrees to help.
Generously sponsored by Tamara and Ed Faggen
Yaakov Goldwasser | Drama | 90 min | Israel | 2017 | Hebrew with English Subtitles
In this sweet story of love, rejection, and co-dependency, Gadi wants to donate a kidney to save his father's life but the transplant committee objects to this special-needs son's plans.
Generously sponsored by Janet Horwitz
Marco Carmel | Comedy, Drama | 91 min | Israel | 2017 | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Smart and shy, Shir’s life about to change now that everyone knows her as the sister of Tomer, a singing reality TV star. How far is Shir willing to go to join the in-crowd?
Generously sponsored by Ellen and Raphael Katkin
As a child, Debbie heard about her father’s transformative experience seeing Leonard Bernstein perform at a Displaced Persons camp. Today she meets the maestro.
THE MAESTRO: IN SEARCH OF THE LAST MUSIC
Alexandre Valenti | Documentary | 74 Min | France, Italy | 2016 | English, Hebrew, French, Italian with English subtitles
Lotoro, a professional pianist and quiet hero, has scoured Europe to discover music composed in WWII camps. From operas, folk songs, liturgical works, to swing and gypsy music, each note sounds like a challenge to the oppressor.
Generously sponsored by Barbara and Jim Finkel
Éva Gárdos | Crime, Drama, History | 95 min | Hungary | 2017 | Hungarian with English Subtitles
A cynical reporter investigates the murder of a prostitute, leading him into the dark underworld of pornographers and brothels, crime syndicates and communist cells, and the highest echelons of power in 1930s Hungary.
Generously sponsored by Deborah and David Yaffe
BACK TO BERLIN
Catherine Lurie | Documentary | 76 min | Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Romania, Slovakia | 2018 | English, Hebrew, Hungarian, Romanian, Polish with English subtitles
Biker-flick meets Holocaust doc as 11 Israeli motor-bikers carry the Maccabi torch from Tel Aviv to Berlin, just as riders who spread the word about the first Maccabi Games did in the 1930s.
AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Jean van de Velde | Drama | 123 min | Netherlands, South Africa | 2017 | English, Afrikaans with English Subtitles
A gutsy lawyer defends Nelson Mandela and nine of his black and Jewish anti-Apartheid compatriots while attempting to hide his own ties to the resistance.
Generously sponsored by BJ and Allon Shiff
ACROSS THE LINE
Nadav Shlomo Giladi | Comedy, Drama | 29 min | Israel | 2017 | Hebrew with English Subtitles
A young Jew hurrying home for Shabbat meets a Palestinian hitchhiker. A series of mix-ups eventually teach him a lesson in love.
Mike Burstyn | Action, War | 75 min | Israel | 2017 | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Two soldiers, one goal: Survival! An Israeli and an Egyptian are trapped in an abandoned post the day after the 1967 cease fire... outside a Jeep awaits the victor.
Featuring a post-screening discussion on conflict resolution led by foreign policy and atrocity prevention scholar, Jim Finkel.
Generously sponsored by Lisa Miller and Ben Finkelstein
MY DEAR CHILDREN
LeeAnn Dance, Cliff Hackel | Documentary | 70 min | USA | 2018 | English
A rare firsthand account of Feiga Shamis—a mother of 12 desperate to keep her children safe during the Pogroms. Told decades later by her granddaughter.
Featuring a post-screening Q&A with LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel, filmmakers of My Dear Children.
Eran Riklis | Drama, Thriller | 93 min | Israel | 2018 | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Naomi is a Mossad agent sent to Hamburg to protect Mona, a Lebanese informant. Two weeks in a safe house becomes tense as their fate takes a surprising turn.
Generously sponsored by Judie Weiss
BYE BYE GERMANY
Sam Garbarski | Comedy, War | 102 min | Germany | 2018 | German with English Subtitles
A smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans need most in 1946: fine bed linens wrapped in amusing stories! But questions about his visit to Hitler‘s mountain retreat catch up to him.
Generously sponsored by Eileen and George Billinson
A QUIET HEART
Eitan Anner | Drama, Thriller | 90 Min | Israel | 2016 | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Naomi, a secular Israeli, moves to a Haredi area of Jerusalem while fleeing the pressures of being a concert pianist. She unexpectedly connects with a musically gifted Orthodox boy, and an Italian monk and organist, which attracts hostility from her neighbors.
HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL
Seth Kramer, Jeremy Newberger, Daniel A. Miller | Documentary | 91 min | USA | 2018 | English
After years of defeat, Team Israel finally plays in the prestigious World Baseball Classic in 2017. Follow the journey of the team, including several Jewish American Major League players visiting Israel for the first time, in this story of sports, patriotism, and personal growth.
Featuring a post-screening presentation on Jews in baseball with nationally known Sportscaster David Cohen.
Generously sponsored by The Atlantic Settlement Group - Richard Oppenheim
Sarah Berry, Cultural Arts Director
Sharon King, Cultural Arts Coordinator
NVJFF Committee Co-chairs
Thank you to the 2018 NVJFF Committee:
Julie Wallick and David Selden
Embassy of Israel
Lisa Miller and Ben Finkelstein
Eileen and George Billinson
Anita and Steve Dienstfrey
Tamara and Edward Faggen
Barbara and Jim Finkel
Dara and Joshua Greene
Ellen and Raphael Katkin
Atlantic Settlement Group - Richard Oppenheim
BJ and Allon Shiff
Deborah and David Yaffe
Almassian and Associates Tax and Accounting Firm
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
Robin and Robert Berman
Congregation Adat Reyim
Congregation Olam Tikvah
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
Temple Rodef Shalom
Congregation Sha'are Shalom
Sue and Ken Cohn
Joan Ehrlich and Robb Deigh
Dora and Abe Hershkovitz
Dawn and Jack Kaye
Debbie and Chet Kessler
Enid and Jerome Liess
Myra Wendel Roney
Audrey Goldstein and Doug Sanderson
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