The Tenth Annual Gainesville Jewish Film Festival has been postponed due to concerns about the Corona virus.

We will announce our re-scheduled dates soon!
 


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To learn more about each film,

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to the left of the description. 


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Thursday, March 19 ~ 7 pm ~ Incitement

2019 / thriller / 123 min /  Israel / Hebrew

Director: Yaron Zilberman


A psychological thriller, Incitement follows the year leading to the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, from the point of view of the assassin. The film details, for the first time, the forces that act upon the assassin, including the religious and political incitement, the personal and the interpersonal turmoil. It is a psychological portrait of a political assassin seeking to kill democracy. It is also a portrait of a torn society on the brink of civil war.

Thursday, March 26 ~ 7 pm ~ Aulcie
​​2020 / documentary / 75 min / United States & Israel / English & Hebrew 
Director: Dani Menkin


Aulcie tells the inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship. During the summer of 1976, Aulcie Perry was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv while playing at the Rucker courts in Harlem and was quickly signed to play for their fledgling team. The Israeli players immediately responded to Aulcie's leadership and that year they had what one Sports Illustrated writer described as "the most extraordinary season in its remarkable history" and what Perry later called "the best nine months of my life." In 1977, Perry helped the team to its first European Championship, a prize they took four years later again under his leadership. After the season, to the surprise of many, Aulcie Perry converted to Judaism, adopted the Hebrew name Elisha Ben Avraham, and became an Israeli citizen. This inspiring film tells the story of this remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, triumphant and victorious against all odds, and put Israel on the map.

Saturday, March 21 ~ 8:30 pm ~ My Polish Honeymoon
2018 / comedy / 88 min / France / French 

Director: Ronit Kertsner


Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married, and technically speaking, this will be their honeymoon. They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam's grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago. Adam is not really enthusiastic, but sees it as an occasion to spend some quality time with his wife, away from their baby boy. Anna, on the other hand, is both extremely anxious and overly excited about the trip to her grandmother's country. She is hoping to reconnect with her roots and finally discover more about her own family's history, which was always a mystery...

Sunday, March 22 ~ 1 pm ~ Exodus

1960 / action, drama, history  /  208 min  /  United States / English 
Director: Otto Preminger


The epic blockbuster about the founding of the state of Israel is celebrating its 60th anniversary. This landmark film is among the early explorations of Holocaust survivors in American popular cinema. This has to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated.

Wednesday, March 18 ~ 7 pm ~ Muna Episodes
2018 / TV show / 90 min / Israel / Arabic & Hebrew

Director: Ori Sivan  

 

Israeli summer of 2014 - Muna Abud, a successful female Israeli-Arab photographer who lives and works in Tel Aviv, is putting together an exhibition of her work portraying strong, groundbreaking Arab women. The exhibition will take place in Paris and be sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On one hand, her Arab critics argue that this exhibition is an attempt to cover-up for the discriminating Israeli establishment. On the other hand, her Jewish critics refuse to accept her as their representative and some of her exhibition's heroines decide to pull out of the project. Muna is a strong woman; but simultaneously, her brand new and complicated romantic relationship with Yaniv, a Jewish news producer, is being put to the test ever so intensely against her family and the village she grew up in.

Monday, March 23 ~ 7 pm ~ Those Who Remained
2019 / drama / 83 min / Hungary / Hungarian 

Director: Barnabás Tóth

 
Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives.

Monday, March 16 ~ 7 pm ~ Breaking Bread
2019 / documentary / 85 min / United States / English

Director: Beth Elise Hawk   


Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel—the first Muslim Arab to win Israel's MasterChef—the A-sham Arabic Food Festival is creating social change through food. At the Festival, Arab and Jewish Israeli chefs collaborate on delectable dishes, working together to transform traditional recipes. Celebrating their unique cultural heritages and their common love of food, the chefs prove that there is no space for religion and politics in the kitchen.

Sunday, March 22 ~ 7 pm ~ My War Hero Uncle
2018 / documentary / 52 min / Israel / Hebrew 
Director: Shaked Goren


"I decided to start sending letters - until my long-awaited release." Ami wrote these words at the age of 18, before he was killed in the 1967 War. Through stories, Memorial Day ceremonies, and his letters, Ami was always a present absence for his nephew Shaked, the film's director. Following his grandmother's declining health, Shaked applies to the Defense Ministry for nursing care. His claim is rejected. Their refusal leaves him confused. Fifty years after Ami's death, a shocking truth is unveiled.

Tuesday, March 17 ~ 7 pm  ~ Who Will Write Our History?

2018 / documentary /  95 min / Unites States / English, Yiddish, & Polish

Director: Roberta Grossman


Who Will Write Our History tells the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Oyneg Shabes Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived. The film is based on the book of the same name by historian Samuel Kassow.

Wednesday, March 25 ~ 7 pm ~ The Rabbi Goes West
2019 / documentary / 73 min / United States / English

Director: Amy Geller & Gerald Peary


A feature-length documentary about a charismatic Hasidic Chabad rabbi who moved from
Brooklyn, NY to Bozeman, Montana, bringing his Chabad brand of missionary Judaism to the
American west. There he runs into resistance from other rabbis, Reform and Conservative, and
also Neo-Nazis threatening the Montana Jewish community.

  Individual film tickets are $12 each. 

Festival passes are $120 for all 12 screenings,

$80 for 8 screenings and $40 for 4 screenings.

​​The Gainesville Jewish Film Festival
is made possible, in part, by:


Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History,

Shorstein Professorship in American Jewish Culture & Society, Dawn Burgess-Krop & Dr. Harry Krop,

Friends of Jewish Studies Tree of Life Fund,

Gary R. Gerson Annual Lecture Series,

Harry Rich Endowment for Holocaust Studies,

Mikki and Morris Futernick Visiting Professorship,

the Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies,

and Dr. Steven Slutsky.



Tickets are FREE for

UF students with valid ID on a first-come basis. Students wishing to reserve seats, should call (352) 371-3846.

Sunday, March 15 ~ 7:30 pm ~ Golda

​​2019 / documentary / 88 min / Israel / Hebrew & English

Director: Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir, & Shani Rozanes


Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as Prime Minister - five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost. Based on these never-before seen materials, testimonies of supporters and opponents and rare archival footage, GOLDA tells the story of Meir's dramatic premiership - from her surprising rise to power and iconic international stature as "queen of the Jewish people," to her tragic and lonely demise.


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Tuesday, March 24 ~ 5 pm ~ Svetlana Boym: Exile and Imagination
2017 / documentary / 60 min /  United States / English

Director: Judith Wechsler 


This one hour documentary film is about the life and work of Svetlana Boym, literary and cultural critic, media artist, novelist and playwright. In 1980, age 21, Svetlana left the USSR for the US, unable to pursue studies at the Leningrad university because of the Jewish quota. After graduate studies at Boston University and Harvard, she became the Carl Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard.