A North Carolina Premiere!
Wednesday August 4, 2021
Asia is an exquisitely photographed and performed film nominated for 9 Israeli Academy film awards, including Best Picture. It features riveting, but understated performances including renowned Israeli actress, Shira Haas, known for her roles in Unorthodox and Shtisel. Ms. Haas plays the role of Vika in this heart-felt drama about the relationship between a mother and daughter who has a terminal illness. In her debut feature film, Israeli filmmaker Ruthy Pribar focuses on a pair of Russian immigrants in Israel, candidly exploring the challenges of motherhood and the desires of the differently-abled.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 7:00 pm
A story about one young man, Franz, who journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. He kindles a relationship with Sigmund Freud and falls desperately in love with a music-hall dancer, Anezka. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
Persona Non Grata
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
The true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination. Tracking events from 1934 to 1955, the film follows Chiune Sugihara from his early days in Manchuria to his posting as Japan’s consul in Lithuania during WWII. Caught amid the rigid policies of Japan, now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany, and his moral awakening, Sugihara puts career and family at great risk by issuing transit visas to imperiled European refugees and helps more than 6,000 Jews escape to Japanese territory.
The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival has as its primary mission the presentation of films with Jewish content to advance and share common interests within the Jewish community and at the same time to share our heritage with the general public.
The festival seeks to offer quality entertainment that will create an ongoing vehicle for the Wilmington Jewish Community to strengthen its cultural foundation, promote diversity through higher visibility in the area and grow Wilmington’s reputation as a culturally vibrant Jewish community.