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Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival

Event and Ticket Information

Five Film Pass

Select any five films during the festival. This does not apply to the luncheon with the film Raise the Roof. Cost: JCC Members: $40, General Public: $55

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Group Ticket Sales

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, March 30th in person or by phone. Group discount does not apply to the luncheon for the film Raise the Roof. Please call 856-424-4444 x1226 or x1119 for details.

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Thursday, March 31 • 7:00 pm

Patron Preview Party (for Patron ticket holders)

Sukkah City

Guest Speaker: Jason Hutt

Documentary

When author Joshua Foer began to build his first sukkah, he wanted to move beyond the generic and unimaginative status quo. He discovered that while the bible outlines the basic parameters for a sukkah’s appearance and functions, it leaves plenty of room for interpretation. What if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct 12 radical sukkot?? And so was born the design competition and exhibition known as “Sukkah City.” Filmmaker Jason Hutt offers a rare opportunity to track the competition from its very inception: from jury day, as a prestigious group of architects, academics, and critics, debate the merits of 600 submissions; to the construction, installation, and exhibition of the 12 winning structures, and the response of some of the 200,000 New Yorkers who attended the two-day exhibition.

Film Details

Director: Jason Hutt
Language: English
Produced: United States, 2013
Running Time: 67 Minutes

Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, Cherry Hill Mall

Sunday, April 3 • 2:30 pm

Opening Matinee

Once In A Lifetime

Guest Speaker: Susan J. Moricca

In conjunction with:

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Drama

Anne Gueguen is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils, but overcoming their apathy is more difficult than expected. Lessons from the Holocaust prove to be a potent teaching tool in the hands of this skilled educator and enable her students to see themselves – and others- in a new light. Based on a true story, this inspiring film celebrates the power of education and the importance of cooperation and coexistence in our rapidly changing world.
Award Winner!

Audience Award Winner, Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015

Winner, Micki Moore Award for Best Narrative Film, Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2015

Film Details

Director: Marie Castille Mention-Schaar
Language: French, with Enlish subtitles, 2014
Produced: France, 2014
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees
Tickets:
JCC Members: $10  General Public: $14
includes Hands of Flame

Hands of Flame

Documentary Short Delaware Valley Premiere

Based on the life of a Holocaust survivor, Hands of Flame tells the story of two sisters who dance the nights away in a small, isolated town. When war strikes, their home is ripped away, they are torn from their family and their flesh is forever branded. And that is just the beginning of their torment.

Created at the Rochester Institute of Technology, this thesis film is told entirely in silhouettes, with no dialogue, and featuring a unique blend of 3D computer animation and traditional 2D watercolor animation.

Award Winner!

Audience Choice Award for Best Animated Film at the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival

Best Animated Film at the 2014 Carmel International Film Festival

Selected for the 2014 RIT School of Film and Animation Honors Show

Film Details

Director: Steven Markowitz
Language: English
Produced: United States
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees

Sunday, April 3 • 7:30 pm


Dough- SOLD OUT

Comedy

Ill-tempered widower Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce, Game of Thrones) obstinately clings to his way of life and his livelihood as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End. With a dwindling clientele and the pressures of encroaching big box stores, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help support his struggling immigrant mother. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the challah dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Dough is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.

Film Details

Director: John Goldschmidt
Language: English
Produced: UK, 2015
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees
Tickets:
JCC Members: $10   General Public: $14
Includes Elijah The Prophet

Elijah The Prophet

Guest Speakers: Jesse and Zachary Herrmann, Writers 

Dramatic ShortDelaware Valley Premiere

Elijah is the pious, chummy and alcoholic prophet whose yearly antics have graced Jewish households for ages every Passover. Unfortunately for the childlike servant of God, not everyone understands drunk driving is, for him, a divine right, which soon causes him to get in trouble with the law.

Award Winner!

2012 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Film Details

Director: James Cooper
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles
Produced: Canada, 2012
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees

Monday, April 4 • 1:00 pm

Blind Hero: Love of Otto Weidt

Docu-dramaNew Jersey Premiere

Otto Weidt, a blind factory owner in WWII Berlin, hired Jewish employees to keep them from the clutches of the Nazis. Smitten by his beautiful Jewish secretary Alice Licht, Weidt embarked on a nearly impossible, desperate journey to save her and her family from the horrors of Auschwitz.  A powerful docu-drama of a little-known story of tragic love, devotion, and selflessness, A Blind Hero depicts Weidt’s journey and his tireless efforts to protect and rescue as many Jewish employees as possible.  Weidt is listed as one of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem, but his amazing story of daring and cunning has been overlooked until now.

Multiple Award Winner!

New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films, USA 2015 (Gold World Medal)

Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China 2014

Annual Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival, USA 2014 (REMI Winner)

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2014

Jewish International Film Festival, Australia 2014

Film Details

Director: Kai Christansen
Language: German with English subtitles
Produced: Germany, 2015
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Location: Katz JCC
Tickets:
JCC Members: $8   General Public: $12
Includes Broken Branches

Broken Branches

Dramatic Short

Broken Branches is an animated documentary that tells the story of Michal Rechter, who was only fourteen when she left her home in Poland and traveled to Israel by herself on the eve of the WWII.  Her family was supposed to join her the following year, but the war changed everything. The film’s director, Ayala Sharot, brings her grandmother’s memories to life in colorful animation.

Multiple Award Winner!

Best Short – 30th Haifa International Film Festival

Best Short Documentary – 2014 Athens International Film & Video Festival

Nomination: Best Short Documentary – 2014 Ofir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards)

Film Details

Director: Ayala Sharot
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Produced: Israel, 2014
Running Time: 25 Minutes
Location: Katz JCC

 

Monday, April 4 • 7:00 pm

Victor “Young” Perez

Drama Delaware Valley Premiere

Victor “Young” Perez is the astonishing, harrowing and incredible true story of a Tunisian Jewish boxer who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932.  His romance with the French-Italian actress Mireille Balin increased his fame, but because of his Jewish heritage, Perez was arrested in Paris and transported to Auschwitz.  While there he was forced to participate in boxing matches for the amusement of the Nazis despite his physical weakness from enduring the horrific conditions of Auschwitz.

 

Film Details

Director: Jacquez Ouaniche
Language: French with English subtitles
Produced: Bulgaria, France, Israel 2014
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees
Tickets: JCC Members $10   General Public $14

Includes Evan Kaufmann: Father’s Land

Evan Kaufmann: Father’s Land

Dramatic ShortDelaware Valley Premiere

Former University of Minnesota hockey star Evan Kaufmann is a Jewish American who grew up with the knowledge that many of his family members perished during the Holocaust. When he receives an offer to play professional hockey in Germany, the story becomes filled with emotion. Does he go to Germany and become the first Jew on a professional hockey team there?

 

Film Details

Director: ESPN
Language: English
Produced: United States, 2012
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees

 

Tuesday, April 5 • 1:00 pm

Carvalho’s Journey

Documentary

Guest Speaker: Steve Rivo, Producer, Director, Writer

Carvalho’s Journey tells the exciting story of the trailblazing of the American West in 1853.  Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1825-1897) was a Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, who accompanied John C. Fremont, as the official photographer – daguerreotypist – of the fifth expedition to find a route for the transcontinental railroad.  The film highlights both the arduous journey and the life of the only Jewish member of the expedition, who was both a photographer and painter.  Grueling conditions and encounters with mountain men, Native Americans, and Mormons were all experienced by a man who had never traveled west or had even saddled his own horse.

The documentary is based on Carvalho’s book-length account of the journey and includes a re-creation of the harsh winter conditions, many of the amazing daguerreotypes he took en route, and, as a bonus, visual insight into the fascinating process of creating daguerreotypes in the 19th century.

Carvalho’s Journey speaks to the adventurer in all of us.” – Michael Stuhlbarg, 25th NY Jewish Film Festival Review

Film Details

Director: Steve Rivo
Language: English
Produced: United States, 2015
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Location: Katz JCC, Lahn Social Hall, Cherry Hill
Tickets: JCC Members: $8 , Guest Public: $12

Tuesday, April 5 • 7:00 pm

Rosenwald

Documentary

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Deutsch

Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of American chain department store Sears Roebuck. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists.

“This stirring documentary evokes a vision of American comity from a past that speaks to the present.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

 

Film Details

Director: Aviva Kempner
Produced: United States, 2014
Language: English
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees
Tickets: JCC Members: $10   General Public: $14

Wednesday, April 6 • 1:00 pm

Auf Das Leben! – To Life!

Drama

When Ruth, a lusty, former cabaret singer, is evicted from her apartment and encouraged to move to a nursing home, she becomes despondent at the prospect of her bleak future.  While moving, she meets Jonas, a 29-year-old furniture mover who has distractions of his own – facing a serious illness and hopelessness everywhere he turns.  This chance encounter develops into a close friendship, and despite their vast age difference, completely different backgrounds and life experiences, they are united by their mutual wish to help and support each other.

Film Details

Director: Uwe Janson
Language: German with English Subtitles
Produced: Germany, 2014
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Location: Katz JCC Lahn Social Hall, Cherry Hill, NJ
Tickets: JCC Members: $8  General Public: $12
Includes

Wednesday, April 6 • 7:00 pm

How To Win Enemies

Comedy Thriller New Jersey Premiere

Lucas is a young lawyer with a penchant for detective stories. When he meets Bárbara at a café, he is enamored. She is smart, sexy, and has great taste in literature, but things aren’t always what they seem. After Bárbara goes home with Lucas, he wakes up to find his financial savings, and Bárbara, gone. Determined to find her, Lucas uses the detective skills gathered from his beloved books and finds himself in an intriguing, twisted plot.

Award Winner!

Grand Jury Prize for Best Film: Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2015

Film Details

Director: Gabriel Lichtmann
Language: Spanish Hebrew with English subtitles
Produced: Argentina, 2015
Running Time: 78 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees
Tickets: JCC Members: $10   General Public: $14
Includes Barriers

Barriers

Dramatic Short

Uri, a young officer, together with two soldiers under his command, is manning a checkpoint, where two women from the “Watch” organization are filming events. Uri receives an order to close the checkpoint because of a bomb threat, and tension rises as an ambulance carrying a sick child arrives from a Palestinian village. Uri’s choices will either save or sacrifice people’s lives.

Award Winner!

First Prize for Live-Action Shorts – Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2013

First Prize for Short Drama – Jerusalem Film Festival 2011

Best Film Intercultural Dialogue at the International Munich Film Festival

Film Details

Director: Golan Rise
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Produced: Israel, 2011
Running Time: 25 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees

Thursday, April 7 • 12:00 pm

Raise The Roof
Special Screening with Lunch: Advance Sales Only

Guest Speaker: Cary Wolinsky, Producer & Yari Wolinsky, Director & Editor

Documentary

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a ten year pursuit to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the buildings destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world.

“The uplifting documentary is an artistic, nondenominational embrace across the centuries” Arts Atlanta.

“…a story of continuity and spirituality, an inspiring documentary indeed.” Cleveland Jewish News

Film Details

Director: Yari & Cary Wolinsky
Language: English
Produced: USA 2015
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Location: Katz JCC Lahn Social Hall, Cherry Hill
Tickets: Patrons: $15  Series Subscribers: $20   JCC Members: $25  General Public: $30
Includes What We Left Behind

What We Left Behind

Documentary ShortNew Jersey Premiere

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a ten year pursuit to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the buildings destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world.

Film Details

Director: David Langer
Language: English
Produced: USA 2014
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Location: Katz JCC Lahn Social Hall, Cherry Hill

Thursday, April 7 • 7:00 pm

Sabena Hijacking – My Version

Documentary, DramaNew Jersey Premiere

On May 8, 1972, four hijackers from the Palestinian organization “Black September” took control of Belgian Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv. The hijacking marked the beginning of 30 nerve-wracking hours, binding together fascinating human, military and political drama inside and outside of the plane.

Sabena Hijacking – My Version presents a cinematic reenactment of the events, weaved with genuine archive material and exclusive interviews three revered Israeli political leaders who were in charge of the rescue effort at the time, as well as the only surviving hijacker.

Multiple Award Winner!

Audience Award for best Documentary Film, LA Israeli Film Festival, October 2015

Nominated for best documentary film, The Israeli Academy Awards 2015

Film Details

Director: Rani Saar
Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic, French with English subtitles
Produced: Israel, 2015
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees
Tickets: JCC Members: $10   General Public: $14

Friday, April 8 • 1:00 pm

The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers

Documentary

Based on the best-selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner (z”l), this film takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider. In the sequel to The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, this film brings to dramatic life the personalities with whom he worked and the world events he witnessed. Topics include Rabin’s election as the first native-born prime minister, the first bilateral treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1975, the raid on Entebbe in 1976, Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem, the Camp David negotiating process, the war in Lebanon, the Oslo accords, and the ongoing peace as Rabin is elected a second time.

In addition to posts as Israel’s Ambassador to Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia, Yehuda Avner served as a chief aide and speechwriter to five prime ministers. Richard Trank is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and the Executive Producer of Moriah Films, the documentary filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Film Details

Director: Richard Trank
Language: English, Hebrew with English subtitles
Produced: United States, 2015
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Location: Katz JCC Lahn Social Hall, Cherry Hill
Tickets: JCC Members: $8   General Public: $12

Sunday, April 10 • 2:30 pm

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

DocumentaryNew Jersey Premiere

When people think of Israeli cuisine, many think of falafel and hummus, or Eastern European Jewish food like brisket and blintzes. But many are surprised to learn that Israel has one of the most dynamic food scenes in the world. This documentary is a portrait of the Israeli people told through their food. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from over 100 cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze – a rich, complex and human story emerges. Narrated by Chef Michael Solomonov, James Beard award winning chef/owner of Philadelphia’s Zahav restaurant.
2012 Haifa International Film Festival

Film Details

Director: Roger Sherman
Language: English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Produced: United States, 2016
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees
Tickets: JCC Members $10   General Public $14
Includes Women in Sink

Women In Sink

Documentary ShortDelaware Valley Premiere

At a little women’s hair salon owned by a Christian Arab in Haifa, Israel, Iris Zaki installed a mini camera set over the sink, where she chats with the clients as she shampoos their hair. She thus paints an unexpected choral portrait of this space that provides temporary freedom, where women share their differences and a community of views on politics, history, and love.

“‘Sink’ whips up quite the lather over women, race and identity in Israel through an alluringly rosy lens. And like a good spa treatment, it leaves you wanting more.”

–Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua, Haaretz

 

Film Details

Director: Iris Zaki
Language: Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Produced: Israel, 2014
Running Time: 36 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees

Sunday, April 10 • 7:30 pm

Apples From The Desert

Drama

Based on the acclaimed novel by Savyon Liebrecht. Rebecca, the only daughter of Ultra Orthodox parents from Jerusalem, begins to secretly expose herself to the secular world. Her strict father is suspicious and decides to set her up to marry an older widower, but Rebecca needs to escape her world and sets out on a journey that brings her whole family to new places.

More than just a story, this film explores the concepts of personal growth at any age.” San Diego Jewish World

Multiple Award Winner!

Best Film Award Haifa Film Festival
Grand Prix Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Best Feature Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
Special
Jury Award San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Film Details

Director: Matti Harari and Arik Lubetzki
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Produced: Israel, 2014
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Location: Ritz 16, Voorhees
Tickets: JCC Members: $10   General Public: $14
Includes: Dear God

Dear God

Dramatic ShortNew Jersey Premiere

A devout woman visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall each day, hoping that someone will hear her prayers. Little does she know her supplications are being observed by someone who wants to make her hopes and dreams come true.

Film Details

Director: Guy Nattic, Erez Tadmor
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Produced: Israel, 2014
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Location: Carmike Ritz Center 16, Voorhees