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The Voice

Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, October 18th - Sunday, October 28th, 2018
Angelika Film Center and Cafe, Mosaic District

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


FESTIVAL LINEUP

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

 

WENDY'S SHABBAT
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.

 

 

HUMOR ME
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

 

SHOE LACES
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 

 

ALMOST FAMOUS
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

 

MR. BERNSTEIN
Francine Zuckerman | Short, Drama | 12 min | New Zealand | 2016 | English

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

 

BUDAPEST NOIR
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.

 

AZIMUTH
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.

 

SHELTER
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

 

LEADERSHIP
 
NVJFF Staff 
Sarah Berry, Cultural Arts Director 
Sharon King, Cultural Arts Coordinator
 
NVJFF Committee Co-chairs
Steve Dienstfrey
Ronnie Oppenheim 
 

Thank you to the 2018 NVJFF Committee:

Jesse Achtenberg
Eileen Billinson
Tex Blair
Anita Dienstfrey
Jim Finkel
Barbara Finkel
Sidney Formal
Audrey Goldstein
Marcia Gordon
Joshua Greene
Janet Horwitz
Ellen Katkin
Mark Roth
Melinda Roth
Sigi Saadia
BJ Shiff
Deborah Yaffe

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Platinum

Julie Wallick and David Selden

Gold

Embassy of Israel
Lisa Miller and Ben Finkelstein

Silver

Eileen and George Billinson
Anita and Steve Dienstfrey
Tamara and Edward Faggen
Barbara and Jim Finkel
Dara and Joshua Greene
Janet Horwitz
Ellen and Raphael Katkin
Atlantic Settlement Group - Richard Oppenheim
BJ and Allon Shiff
Judie Weiss
Deborah and David Yaffe

Bronze

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

Friends

Congregation Sha'are Shalom
Sue and Ken Cohn
Joan Ehrlich and Robb Deigh
Rosalind Engels
Sidney Formal
Dora and Abe Hershkovitz
Dawn and Jack Kaye
Debbie and Chet Kessler
Enid and Jerome Liess
Myra Wendel Roney
Audrey Goldstein and Doug Sanderson


Visit the NVJFF Archives

Contact NVJFF
Box Office email: boxoffice@jccnv.org
Box Office phone: 703.537.3000

 

Arts & Culture

Contact Us

Cultural Arts Director
Sarah M. Berry
703.537.3075
Sarah.Berry@jccnv.org

Cultural Arts Coordinator
Sharon King
703.537.3076
Sharon.King@jccnv.org

For Inquiries

703.537.3000

 

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