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16th annual international

Jewish Film Festival

MARCH 31 – APRIL 30, 2019 at Regal Cinemas

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Tickets

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


Opening Night

  SOLD OUT  

Tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the event only after all ticket holders have been seated.

Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Directed by Scott Schwartz

Sunday, March 31 | 7:30pm

United States, 2019 • Drama • English • 86 minutes • New York State Premiere

The rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th century. In Golda’s Balcony, The Film, her life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning stage performance as Golda Meir in this filmed performance.

Invited Guest Speakers: Tovah Feldshuh, David Fishelson
Sponsored by: Simona and Jerry Chazen;
Lisa Green and Family;
Leader and Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family


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The Interpreter

Directed by Martin Šulík

Tuesday, April 02 | 7:30pm

Slovak Republic /Czech Republic/Austria, 2018 • Drama/comedy • German/Slovakian (with English subtitles) • 114 minutes • New York State Premiere

Slovakia’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars, this tragicomic story follows the son of Holocaust victims and the son of the SS officer responsible for their deaths as the two go on a road trip to discover the hidden truth of their pasts.

Sponsored by: Edgewood Country Club; Dental Arts of Rockland;
The Kurz Family Foundation


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Mamboniks

Directed by Lex Gillespie

Wednesday, April 03 | 1:30pm

USA, 2019 • Documentary • English • 90 minutes New York State Premiere

In the 1950s, a group of free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell in love with a sultry dance from Cuba called the mambo, earning them a nickname: the mamboniks.
Set in New York, Miami Beach, the Catskills and Havana, The Mamboniks features the infectious sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaria.

Sponsored by: Foutainview and Northern Services Group


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Redemption

Directed by Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov

Thursday, April 04 | 7:30pm

Israel, 2018 • Drama • Hebrew (with English subtitles) • 104 minutes • New York State Premiere

In this spiritually rousing and affecting story of faith, love, and making peace with the past, a devout hasid must return to his younger, rock star days in order to pay for his daughter’s expensive cancer treatments.

Sponsored by: Good Samaritan Hospital;
Evan and Greg Karzhevsky;
Soroka Medical Center


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Budapest Noir

Directed by Éva Gárdos

Tuesday, April 09 | 7:30pm

Hungary, 2018 • Thriller • Hungarian (with English subtitles) • 95 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations • Violence

In this stylish politically-charged thriller, a hard-boiled reporter investigates the murder of a prostitute, leading him into the dark shadowy underworld of 1930s pre-Nazi Hungary.

Sponsored by: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern-Mahwah;
Lexus of Englewood, Lois and Bob Silverman;
Macabee Foods


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Shoelaces

Directed by Jacob Goldwasser

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm

Israel, 2018 • Drama/comedy • Hebrew (with English subtitles) • 90 minutes • New York State Premiere • Sexual situations

Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Shoelaces tells the gently comic story of the heartfelt relationship between an aging father and his exuberant adult son who is autistic, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy.

Invited Guest Speakers: Gina Apicella
Sponsored by: 202 Collision, Mindworks Charitable Trust;
Orli and Mark Irgang and Family


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Centerpiece Film

A Fortunate Man

Directed by Bille August

Sunday, April 14, 7:30pm

Denmark, 2018 • Drama • Danish • German (with English subtitles) • 168 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations

A gifted but self-destructive young man leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing in the country for metropolitan 1880s Copenhagen, where he’s welcomed into an enormously wealthy Jewish family and strives to realize his grand ambitions.

Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center
Pride Caterers
Suez


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93Queen

Directed by Paula Eiselt

Tuesday, April 16, 1:30pm

USA, English • Documentary • 90 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere
93Queen follows a group of tenacious hasidic women shattering the glass ceiling in their Brooklyn community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

Invited guest speaker: Paula Eiselt
Sponsored by The JCC Rockland Knitters


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GOLDA’S BALCONY, THE FILM

Directed by Scott Schwartz

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30pm

United States, 2019 • Drama • English • 86 minutes • New York State Premiere
The rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th century. In Golda’s Balcony, The Film, her life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning stage performance as Golda Meir in this filmed performance.
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Waldheim Waltz

Directed by Ruth Beckermann

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30pm

Austria, 2018 • Documentary • German, French and English (with English subtitles) • 94 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere

Austria’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars, this timely documentary revisits the chilling case of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations Secretary-General who faced serious allegations surrounding his Nazi military exploits during WWII.

Sponsored by: Cathy and Bert Distelburger and Jules Stern, in Memory of Lila Stern;
Orange Bank and Trust;
Rivertown Film


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Samuel Project

Directed by Marc Fusco

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30pm

United States, 2018 • Drama • English • 93 minutes • New York State Premiere

Hal Linden portrays Samuel, a grandfather who reconnects with his grandson when he becomes the subject of a high school project. Eli (played by Ryan Ochoa from ICarly) discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany. After some hesitation, Samuel agrees to tell his story for his grandson’s project—a story he hasn’t told in more than 75 years.

Sponsored by: The Kurz Family Foundation, In honor of Micki and Jim Leader’s 50th Anniversary;
Orange and Rockland Utilities;
Gwen and Steve Rosenzweig


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Leona

Directed by Isaac Cherem

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30pm

Mexico, 2018 • Drama • Spanish (with English subtitles) • 95 minutes • New York State Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations

This intimate, insightful, and moving film tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love.
Sponsored by: Apple Bank


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Mamboniks

Directed by Lex Gillespie

Tuesday, April 23 | 7:30pm

USA, 2019 • Documentary • English • 90 minutes New York State Premiere

In the 1950s, a group of free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell in love with a sultry dance from Cuba called the mambo, earning them a nickname: the mamboniks.
Set in New York, Miami Beach, the Catskills and Havana, The Mamboniks features the infectious sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaria.

Sponsored by: The Kurz Family Foundation, Ilse and John Lang

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Samuel Project

Directed by Marc Fusco

Wednesday, April 24, 1:30pm

United States, 2018 • Drama • English • 93 minutes • New York State Premiere

Hal Linden portrays Samuel, a grandfather who reconnects with his grandson when he becomes the subject of a high school project. Eli (played by Ryan Ochoa from ICarly) discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany. After some hesitation, Samuel agrees to tell his story for his grandson’s project—a story he hasn’t told in more than 75 years.

Sponsored by: Orange and Rockland Utilities

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Accountant of Auschwitz 

Directed by Matthew Shoychet

New date Wednesday, April 24, 7:30pm

Canada, 2018 • Documentary • English • 77 Minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere

This critically acclaimed documentary sheds new light on Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the Nazi SS to be implicated in Germany’s crimes against humanity, and constructs
a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Sponsored by Bonnie and Alan Elkin, Ellen and Arthur Wagner, Active International;
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman;
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County

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City of Joel

Directed by Jesse Sweet

Monday, April 29, 7:30pm

USA, 2018 • Documentary • English• 83 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere

50 miles north of New York City, the town of Monroe is a microcosm for a hyper-partisan and divided nation as a land dispute between an ultra-orthodox Hassidic sect and their secular neighbors erupts into a turf war.

Sponsored by Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office


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Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Directed by Scott Schwartz

Tuesday, April 30 | 1:30pm

United States, 2019 • Drama • English • 86 minutes • New York State Premiere

The rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th century. In Golda’s Balcony, The Film, her life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning stage performance as Golda Meir in this filmed performance.

Sponsored by: Lisa Green and Family

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Closing Night

Promise at Dawn

Directed by Eric Barbier

Tuesday, April 30, 7:30pm

France, 2017 • Drama • French (with English subtitles) • 131 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations

This cinematic masterpiece recounts the story of the great Jewish novelist Romain Gary from his impoverished childhood in Poland to his time as a fighter pilot in WWII. Woven throughout this biopic is the unyielding love between him and his single mother.

Sponsored by: Double Tree by Hilton Nanuet, Judy and Jeff Weinberger, Andrea and Stuart Weinberger, Rhonda Weinberger

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THANK YOU TO OUR 16TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORS


Lia Toyota of Rockland



 

Overall Festival Sponsor

Lia Toyota of Rockland

Oscar

Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office
The Benmosche Family
The Kurz Family Foundation
Leader and Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family
Mindworks Charitable Trust

Platinum

Bonnie and Alan Elkin
Ellen and Arthur Wagner
Active International

Senior Film Sponsor

Fountainview at College Road and Northern Services Group

Gold

Apple Bank for Savings
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 and Family
Lexus of Englewood
Orli and Mark Irgang and Family
Evan and Greg Karzhevsky
Ilse and John Lang
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Orange Bank and Trust
Pride Caterers
Suez
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County

CELEBRITY

202 Collision
Cathy and Bert Distelburger
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 and Bob Silverman, Macabee Foods
Soroka Medical Center
Jules Stern, in Memory of Lila Stern

Producer

Marla Cohen and Avrom Caplan
Joan and Alvin Chasen
Susan and Lloyd Ecker
Anita Finkelstein and Morton Julius
Mildred and Les Feibusch
Marsha and Gary Forman
Bobbie and Marty Goldstein
Judy and Ken Gribetz
Nina and Stephen Iser
Gail and Alan Koss
Gayle Kreinik and Michael Harap
Lois and Bob Lesserson
Judy and Walter Litvak
Sharon and Elliot Mitchel
Bonnie and Mike Pilar
Shelley and David Pollack
Lydia and Dr. Alan Rosenfeld
Sheryl and Max, Santi Express
Randi and Michael Silvermintz
Robin and Benj Steinman
Sterling National Bank
Lillian and Richard Weinberger
Mrs. Renee and Judge Alfred Weiner
Judy and Howard Weingart
Dr. Phyllis Weingarten and Michael Kann
Anne and Joel Zbar

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Carol and Andrew Blau
Judy and Paul Galan
Ruth and Karl Hess
Judy Josephs
Dr. Michele Katz and Barry Katz
Ellie and Daniel Salmon

NON PROFIT

Beth Am Temple
Congregation Shaarey Israel
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack
Dominican College
Hillel of Rockland
Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance
Jawonio Inc.
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County
Kehillas Bais Yehudah
Kosher Troops
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 Jewish Family Services
Temple Beth Sholom

Other

Israel Bonds


Co-Chairs

Marla Cohen
Leta Lenik

Chair Emeritus

Micki Leader

Ken Benjamin
Amy Blitz
Jack Bloom
Sara Fuerst
Evan Karzhevsky
Marilyn Kleinman
Dan Lehrfeld
Barbara Oransky
Sandra Saffer
Elliot Siegal

We reserve the right to make film or speaker changes as necessary.


Refund Policy

We are unable to offer exchanges, refunds or credits once tickets have been purchased.

Ticket Redemption

Tickets purchased online should be printed out or saved as an image on your phone, to show for theater entry. If you purchase in person at JCC Rockland, your tickets will be printed for you at the time of purchase. If you order over the phone or by mail, your tickets can be picked up at the “will call” table at each theater, up to an hour before the film’s start time.

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, two theaters will be used at Nanuet’s Regal Cinemas: one theater will accommodate entirely open seating, non-reserved seating; the other will be designated for 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 for assistance.

Refreshments

Refreshments are available for purchase at Regal Cinemas and Lafayette Theater. Please note Lafayette accepts cash only.

Ratings

Our films are unrated and may contain adult themes, graphic violence sexual acts and/or profanity. We have attempted to note when this is the case.