A WORLD OF JEWISH CINEMA

4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

Come for the films, stay for the food, join in the conversation

2017 Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

Bringing Wilmington together with Jewish Cinema

SUNDAY, April 23rd, MONDAY, April 24th, TUESDAY, APRIL 25th

TUESDAY, May 2nd, WEDNESDAY, May 3rd, THURSDAY, May 4th

SUNDAY, May 7th, MONDAY, May 8th, TUESDAY, May 9th

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with The United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington, presents the 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival. Commencing April 23, 2017 the festival will offer nine award-winning feature films and selected shorts over three weeks, three per week, April 23 to 25, May 2 to 4 and May 7 to 9.  All showings will be in historic Thalian Hall Main Stage. As in past years, the festival dates coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day and Israeli Independence Day, which enables us to fulfill our educational and entertainment mission. We are also organizing a spring outreach program for tenth graders in Wilmington. Our dream of exposing young people to fine international films with Jewish themes is becoming a reality.

The Festival Sunday screenings show at 3 PM followed by catered receptions by A Thyme Savor. Festival weeknight screenings are at 7 PM followed by dessert and coffee.  Audiences will have ample opportunity to share their thoughts while socializing at the receptions.

 

The  international feature films and shorts of the 2017 Wilmington Jewish Film Festival include dramas, documentaries, historical biographies and a comedy-drama. The selected films are from Israel, France, Canada, Hungary, Germany and the United States. Here are a few words about what we have in store for 2017.

  • DENIAL” (SUN., APRIL 23):  The true story of the legal battle waged in London by an American professor against a Holocaust-denier.  The case became a trial of the reality of the Holocaust itself.

  • FLORY’S FLAME” (TUES., April 24): A legendary ninety-year-old musician and Sephardic National Heritage Fellow, shares her powerful and inspiring life story.

  •  “A HEARTBEAT AWAY” (TUES., April 24) : An Israeli pediatric cardiologist travels to Tanzania to perform life-saving operations in this riveting documentary about science, faith and tikkun olam.

  • 24 DAYS” (TUES., APRIL 25):  The son of an observant Jewish family in Paris is kidnapped for ransom because he’s Jewish and supposedly rich – his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of a “gang of barbarians”.

  • FEVER AT DAWN” (TUES., May 2): The story of a love born in the strangest of circumstances between two long-suffering survivors of the hell that was the Holocaust. Their love overcomes all obstacles in its path including death when it eventually comes. Set in the Swedish rehabilitation camps during the autumn and winter of 1945

  • REMEMBER” (WEDS., MAY 3): With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family.

  • THE WOMEN’S BALCONY” (THURS., MAY 4): An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

  • PHOENIX” (SUN., MAY 7): A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

  • FANNY’S JOURNEY” (MON., MAY 8):  A resourceful young girl leads 11 orphans through Nazi-occupied France in this coming-of-age, family friendly drama bristling with suspense and poignancy. Based on Fanny Ben-Ami’s autobiographical novel.

  • IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE” (TUES., May 9): A documentary about food in Israel….puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than one hundred cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges.

    **SPECIAL GUEST Roger Sherman, Director of In Search of Israeli Cuisine, will have a Q and A after the screening.

  • JOE’S VIOLIN” (TUES., May 9): (2017 Oscar Nominee for Documentary Short) A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own.