5th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

A World of Jewish Film

Come for the films, stay for the food, join in the conversation!
April 22-24, April 29-May 1, May 5-6

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with The United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington, presents the 5th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival. Commencing Sunday,  April 22, 2018, the festival will offer nine award-winning feature films and selected shorts ​over 8 dates  i​n three blocks, Sunday, ​April 22 to ​ Tuesday April 24, ​Sunday, April 29 to Tuesday, ​May 1 and Saturday, ​May 5 ​& Sunday, May 6.  All showings will be in historic Thalian Hall Main Stage.

The Festival Sunday screenings on April 22 and May 6 at 3 PM are followed by supper receptions. The special Sunday, April 29th film at 1pm is followed by a special treat. All other ​screenings at 7 PM are followed by dessert and coffee receptions.  Audiences will have ample opportunity to share their thoughts while socializing at the receptions.

Tickets and Passes

All-Festival Passes are available HERE and include all associated festival events including receptions. Purchase a pass for only $90!

Individual tickets are available at www.thalianhall.org and to avoid an online fee, call the Thalian Hall Box Office at (910) 632-2285 or purchase in person at 310 Chestnut Street.

The Films

Download a Program Guide HERE!

The  international feature films and shorts of the 2018 Wilmington Jewish Film Festival include dramas, documentaries, historical biographies and psychological thrillers! The selected films are from Israel, France, India, UK, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and the United States. Check out all the fantastic films we have in store for 2018:

  • Shelter – Sunday, April 22

    Under a new identity, Mossad agent Noami heads to Germany to protect Mona, a Lebanese informant, whom special agents have hidden in a Hamburg safe house while she recovers from plastic surgery.

  • Sammy Davis, Jr. : I’ve Gotta Be Me – Monday, April 23

    The first major documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity as the most public black figure to embrace Judaism.

  • An Israeli Love Story – Tuesday, April 24

    Set during the turbulent period during pre-independence Israel, this film is based on the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary and Eli Ben–Zvi, son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.

  • My Hero Brother – Sunday, April 29

    A group of young people with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas with their siblings.

  • 1945 – Sunday, April 29

    Two mysterious Jewish strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station and within a few hours, everything changes in a small Hungarian village.

  • Shalom Italia – Monday, April 30

    Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis.

  • Defiant Requiem – Tuesday, May 1

    The story of an artistic uprising where a chorus of 150 inmates confront the Nazis face-to-face – and sing to them, expressing what they dare not say.

  • Humor Me – Saturday, May 5

    A heartfelt father-son comedy about a struggling playwright who is forced to move in with his joke-telling dad.

  • Past Life – Sunday, May 6

    An introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist  unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives.