15th annual international

Jewish Film Festival

APRIL 3 – 30, 2018

All Festival Tickets: $14 Adults, $12 Senior/Student unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:15PM FESTIVAL PRELUDE
Rockland Community College

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Directed by Robert Philipson
USA, 2017
Documentary
58 minutes
Winner of Best Music Documentary Award, San Francisco Black Film Festival
Hudson Valley Premiere

English

Speakers

Ricky Riccardi
Laurence Holland


In this musical documentary, the fascinating evolution of the jazz standard “Body and Soul” becomes a symbol of the complicated relationship between African Americans and American Jews. Written by a Jewish composer in 1929 and famously interpreted by Louis Armstrong and the Benny Goodman Trio, the song played a major role in smashing the color barrier in popular music.

Sponsored By

Orange and Rockland Utilities


Tuesday, April 3, 10:30AM
Regal Cinemas

The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt

Directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner and Simon Wells
USA, 1998
Animation
Winner of Academy Award for Best Original Song
99 minutes
English


20th Anniversary Screening. The biblical story of Exodus is the focus of this epic animated feature, which the whole family can enjoy. Featuring an all-star cast, including Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes, the film also boasts great songs by Oscar-winner Stephen Schwartz and performances by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

Sponsored by

Hudson Valley Brain and Spine Surgery

Tuesday, April 3, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

Opening night | celebrating Israel at 70
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Directed by
Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger
USA, 2017
Documentary
Hudson Valley Premiere
92 minutes
English

Speakers

Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger


In 2017, Israel’s baseball team advanced to the World Baseball Classic for the first time in history. Thanks to the WBC’s rules on eligibility, the team consisted of a number of Jewish-American Major League Baseball players, many of whom hadn’t had much exposure to Judaism, let alone been to Israel. The film follows these players and their high hopes for Israel’s first baseball championship.

Sponsored by

Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office;
Ilse & John Lang;
Orange Bank and Trust

Wednesday, April 4, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Let Yourself Go

Let Yourself Go

Directed by Francesco Amato
Italy, 2017
Comedy
Winner of Best Comedy Award, Golden Globes, Italy
Rockland County Premiere

98 minutes
Italian with subtitles

Speaker

Carol H. King, LCSW


Elia is an austere and detached Jewish psychoanalyst who lives in the same building as his ex-wife, with whom he is still secretly in love. After a minor illness, his doctor prescribes physical activity to lose a few extra pounds, which leads to his meeting Claudia, an attractive, much younger personal trainer. And then things get very complicated…

Sponsored by

Ascape Landscape

Wednesday, April 4, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

1945

1945

Directed by Ferenc Török
Hungary, 2017
Drama
Winner of Audience Award: Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival
Winner of Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award, Jerusalem Film Festival

91 minutes
Hungarian with subtitles

Speaker

Stephen Schaefer


On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to their village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for a wedding. The appearance of the two men totally unsettles the population, bringing up painful reminders of their complicity in the recent horror of the Holocaust. A superb cast, beautiful cinematography, and a keen sense of historical detail all contribute to this eloquent drama.

Sponsored by

Dental Arts of Rockland;
Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center;

Sunday, April 8, 10:30AM
Lafayette Theater

Bagels over Berlin

Bagels over Berlin

Directed by Alan Feinberg
USA, 2017
Documentary
Winner of Audience Award, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
94 minutes
English

Speaker

Alan Feinberg


Antisemitism in the United States made life uncomfortable for Jews in the 1930s, placing a share of the blame for the coming war on them. Nonetheless, American Jews responded to the outbreak of war with an overwhelming determination to fight for the country they loved. This documentary interviews over 30 Jewish war veterans, revealing the common threads and uniqueness of each soldier’s story.

Sponsored

The Benmosche Family, in memory of Bob Benmosche;
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County;

Tuesday, April 10, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Directed by Alexandra Dean
USA, 2017
Documentary
Winner of Best Documentary Award, New York Film Critics Online
Hudson Valley Premiere

90 minutes
English

Speaker

Fleming Meeks


Although renowned for her beauty in 1930s and 1940s Hollywood, actress Hedy Lamarr was so much more. An Austrian Jewish émigré, Lamarr was also a talented inventor who perfected a radio system to combat Nazi torpedoes, and her concepts are still used today. Weaving interviews and film clips with never-before-heard audio tapes, the documentary reveals the details of her incredible life.

Sponsored by

Orli and Mark Irgang and Family

Wednesday, April 11, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

Itzhak

Itzhak

Directed by Alison Chernick
USA, 2017
Documentary
Hudson Valley Premiere
80 minutes
English and Hebrew, with subtitles
Service to commemorate Yom HaShoah preceding screening.

Speakers

Alison Chernick
Elliott Forrest


This documentary examines the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living violinists. Perlman’s passion for music gave him a platform for personal expression throughout his dramatic life, and the film creates a portrait of a man whose remarkable will to survive has been coupled with his tremendous generosity and humor.

Sponsored by

Lisa Green;
Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family

Sunday, April 15, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

Centerpiece Film
Heather Booth: Changing the World

Heather Booth: Changing the World

Directed by Lilly Rivlin
USA, 2017
Documentary
Hudson Valley Premiere
80 minutes
English and Hebrew, with subtitles

Speaker

Lilly Rivlin
Stefanie Alleyne

Honoree

Harriet Cornell


Heather Booth is perhaps the most influential person you never heard of. A renowned organizer and activist, she began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. This film explores Heather’s lifelong legacy in progressive politics, from her involvement with the Freedom Summer Project, to her founding of the JANE Underground, to her personal relationships with respected political leaders. 

Sponsored by

Senator David Carlucci
Town Supervisor George Hoehmann, Town of Clarkstown
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky, Chairwoman, Rockland Democratic Committee
Annmarie and Robert Uhl
Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski
Sheriff Louis Falco
Honorable Ellen Jaffee
Thom Kleiner, Former Supervisor Town of Orangetown
Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family

Monday, April 16, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

Humor Me

Humor Me

Directed by Sam Hoffman
USA, 2017
Comedy
Hudson Valley Premiere
93 minutes
English

Speaker

Sam Hoffman


Once-acclaimed, now-forgotten New York playwright Nate (Jemaine Clement) is struggling to finish his new play when his wife leaves him. Depressed and broke, he moves in with his widowed father, Bob (Elliott Gould), who lives in a New Jersey retirement community. As Nate gets involved with his quirky, new neighbors and their theater troupe, his relationship with his father is tested in many ways.

Sponsored by

Edgewood Country Club;
Double Tree by Hilton Nanuet, Judy & Jeff Weinberger, Andrea and Stuart Weinberger, Rhonda Weinberger;
Gwen & Steve Rosenzweig

Tuesday, April 17, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Shelter

Shelter

Directed by Eran Riklis
Israel, 2018
Drama
Hudson Valley Premiere
93 minutes
English, Hebrew and Arabic, with subtitles


In this thriller, Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent, must protect Mona, a Lebanese informant, forcing them to share a German safe house. As the women’s relationship becomes more intimate, they are exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world around them.

Sponsored by

Mindworks Charitable Trust

Tuesday, April 17, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

Persona Non Grata

Persona Non Grata

Directed by Cellin Gluck
Japan, 2017
Drama
Winner of Best Feature Film Award, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival
Hudson Valley Premiere

139 minutes
Japanese with subtitles


This astounding tale pays tribute to the only Japanese national honored at Yad Vashem, Chiune Sugihara, known as the “Japanese Schindler.” Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania. As WWII began and Germany invaded Poland, hordes of Jewish refugees fled to Lithuania. In search of transit visas, they turned to Sugihara who was torn between his loyalty to his country and his own moral calling.

Sponsored by

Cathy & Bert Distelburger;
Pride Caterers

Sunday, April 22, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

The Last Poker Game

The Last Poker Game

Directed by Howard L. Weiner
USA, 2017
Drama
Hudson Valley Premiere
90 minutes
English

Speaker

Pamela Dubin


When Abe (Martin Landau) moves into a nursing home, he forms an improbable relationship with gambler and womanizer Phil (Paul Sorvino). But their friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse claims that her biological father resides in the home. Landau gives his last performance as a man who initially fears the “winter” phase of his life, but soon realizes that his life is taking a whole new turn.

Sponsored by

Jerry and Simona Chazen;
Bonnie and Alan Elkin, Ellen and Arthur Wagner, Active International

Tuesday, April 24, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Across the Waters

Across the Waters

Directed by Nicolo Donato
Denmark, 2017
Drama
Winner of Audience Award, Berkshire Jewish Film Festival
Rockland County Premiere

95 minutes
Danish with subtitles

Speaker

Stuart Liebman


In 1943 Copenhagen, guitarist Arne is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. Although he is skeptical of rumors about the deportation of Danish Jews, an overnight raid forces him and his family to flee their home. Unsure of whom they can trust, the family makes a frantic attempt to reach Sweden.

Sponsored by

The Majansky Family

Tuesday, April 24, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

Bye Bye Germany

Bye Bye Germany

Directed by Sam Garbarski
Germany, 2017
Drama
Winner of Audience Award for Best Film, Norwegian International Film Festival
Hudson Valley Premiere

102 minutes
German with subtitles

Speaker

Stuart Liebman


It is Frankfurt, 1946, and David and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough, post-war times? As these smooth-talkers launch a new business, a bright future can be seen in the horizon. But questions about David’s past soon catch up with him.

Sponsored

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern-Mahwah

Wednesday, April 25, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas

The Testament

The Testament

Directed by Amichai Greenberg
Israel, 2017
Drama
Winner of Best Film Award, Haifa International Film Festival
Hudson Valley Premiere

96 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles


A dedicated and principled Orthodox historian is leading a legal battle against Holocaust deniers in Austria when he discovers a family secret that shakes his faith, but not his commitment to the truth. This sharp thriller depicts an honorable man caught in a moral quandary which could ruin his personal and professional life.

Sponsored by

The JCC Knitters

Wednesday, April 25, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

The Cakemaker

The Cakemaker

Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
Germany/Israel, 2017
Drama
Winner of Best Editing Award and The Lia Award, Jerusalem Film Festival
Rockland County Premiere

105 minutes
English, Hebrew and German, with subtitles


When his married Israeli lover dies in a car crash, Thomas, a young German baker, travels to Jerusalem seeking answers regarding his death. Under a fabricated identity, he meets Anat, his lover’s newly-widowed wife, and finds himself involved in her life way beyond his anticipation.

Sponsored by

Rockland County Pride Center
Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family

Sunday, April 29, 10:30AM
Lafayette Theater

Senior matinee
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Directed by Sam Pollard
USA, 2018
Documentary
Hudson Valley Premiere
100 minutes
English

Speaker

Lawrence Maslon


The most public African American figure to embrace Judaism, Sammy Davis, Jr. was a complicated human being, a talented and versatile performer, and an artist who bridged shifting racial politics. This long-overdue biography of Davis deftly depicts a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

Sponsored by

Fountainview at College Road and Northern Services Group;
Good Samaritan Hospital;
Jules Stern, in memory of Lila Stern

Monday, April 30, 7:15PM
Regal Cinemas

An Act of Defiance

An Act of Defiance

Directed by Jean van de Velde
The Netherlands, 2017
Drama
Winner of Best Film Award, United Kingdom Jewish Film Festival
Winner of Audience Favorite Award, Mill Valley Film Festival
Rockland County Premiere

123 minutes
English and Afrikaans, with subtitles


In this drama set in 1963 South Africa, ten political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for “conspiracy to commit sabotage” against the apartheid government. Jewish attorney Bram Fischer courageously risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, is a member of their group.

Sponsored by

Lois & Bob Silverman, Macabee Foods

Overall sponsor

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Venues
  • Lafayette Theater
    7 Lafayette Avenue,
    Suffern, New York 10901
  • Regal Cinemas
    The Shops at Nanuet,
    5101 Fashion Drive,
    Nanuet, New York 10954
  • Rockland Community College
    145 College Road,
    Suffern, New York 10901

Seating

Reserved seating areas are designated for festival sponsors and guest speakers. There is ample seating for all of our ticket holders. On evening screenings, there will be two theaters used at Nanuet’s Regal Cinemas: one theater will be entirely open, non-reserved seating; the other theater will have reserved, sponsor seating. Speakers will hold their Q & A sessions after the films in the reserved theater. You will be able to change theaters at the conclusion of the film.

The theater doors will open for festival sponsors 40 minutes before show time. All general ticket holders will be seated 30 minutes before show time.

There is designated handicapped seating in all theaters. Those patrons needing assistance should proceed to the ticket sales table, and you will be helped.


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Ratings

Our films are unrated and may contain adult themes, graphic violence, sexual acts and/or profanity.


JCC Rockland 2018 International Jewish Film Festival Committee

Micki Leader, Chair Emeritus
Jill David
Sara Fuerst
Beverly Kaplan
Arlene Klein
Joel Klein
Marilyn Kleinman
Vinnie Lauricella
Dan Lehrfeld
Lynn Lehrfeld
Leta Lenik
Melinda Levin
Barbara Oransky
Nancy Weiner

Contact

Elizabeth Rosenblum
Program Director
elizabethr@jccrockland.org
845.362.4400


THANK YOU TO OUR 15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Lia Toyota of Rockland

 

Overall Festival Sponsor

Lia Toyota of Rockland

Oscar

Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office
The Benmosche Family
Ilse and John Lang
*Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family

Platinum

Bonnie and Alan Elkin, Ellen and Arthur Wagner, Active International

Senior Film Sponsor

Fountainview at College Road and Northern Services Group

Gold

Simona and Jerry Chazen
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern-Mahwah
Dental Arts of Rockland
Double Tree by Hilton Nanuet, Judy & Jeff Weinberger, Andrea and Stuart Weinberger, Rhonda Weinberger
Edgewood Country Club
Good Samaritan Hospital
Lisa Green
Orli and Mark Irgang and Family
The Majansky Family
Mindworks Charitable Trust
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Orange Bank & Trust
Premiere Direct Response
Pride Caterers
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County

CELEBRITY

Cathy and Bert Distelburger
Julie & Tom Hirschfeld
Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center
Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs – Consulate General of Israel in New York
Rivertown Magazine
Gwen and Steve Rosenzweig
Lois & Bob Silverman, Macabee Foods
Jules Stern in memory of Lila Stern

Producer

Marla Cohen and Avrom Caplan
*Senator David Carlucci
Joan and Alvin Chasen
Ellyn and Daniel Cohen
Anita Finkelstein and Morton Julius
Marsha and Gary Forman
Bobbie and Marty Goldstein
Judy and Ken Gribetz
Ruth and Karl Hess
Gayle Kreinik and Michael Harap
*Town Supervisor George Hoehmann,
Town of Clarkstown
Lois and Bob Lesserson
Judy and Walter Litvak
*Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Sharon and Elliot Mitchel
Bonnie and Mike Pilar
Shelley and David Pollack
Donna and Don Riley
Eleanor Roosevelt Conference Committee
Lydia and Dr. Alan Rosenfeld
Sheryl and Max, Santi Express
Honorable Keith Cornell & Carrie Steindorf, Robin & Skyler Cornell
*Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky, Chairwoman, Rockland Democratic Committee
Robin and Benj Steinman
Sterling National Bank
*Annmarie and Robert Uhl
Mrs. Renee and Judge Alfred Weiner
Lillian and Richard Weinberger
Judy and Howard Weingart
Roberta and Michael Zahl
Anne and Joel Zbar
*Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Lillian Adler
Ellen Bertisch
Carol and Andrew Blau
Betsy and Donald Brenner
*Sheriff Louis Falco
Judy and Paul Galan
Israel Bonds
*Honorable Ellen Jaffee
Judy Josephs
Dr. Michele Katz and Barry Katz
*Thom Kleiner, Former Supervisor Town of Orangetown
Ellie and Daniel Salmon
Roz Stopnik

NON PROFIT

Beth Am Temple
Congregation Shaarey Israel
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack
Dominican College
Hillel of Rockland
Holocaust Museum & Center for Education & Tolerance
JCC of Northern NJ
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County
Jewish War Veterans of Rockland and Orange County
Kehillas Bais Yehudah
Kosher Troops
Lower New York State Region of Hadassah
Montebello Jewish Center
Nanuet Hebrew Center
National Council of Jewish Women
New City Jewish Center
Orangetown Jewish Center
The Reform Temple of Rockland
Rivertown Film
Rockland Center for the Arts
Rockland Community College
Rockland County Pride Center
Rockland Jewish Family Services
Temple Beth Sholom


*Sponsoring Heather Booth: Changing The World in honor of Harriet Cornell


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