NJJFF: An Afternoon of ShortsMarch 22 @ 1:30 pm
March 22 @ 1:30 pm
NJJFF: An Afternoon of Shorts
20th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
Sunday, March 22 • 1:30pm
JCC MetroWest, West Orange
Director: Sarah Logan Hofstein
2019 • 19 minutes • Austria / English
After moving to Austria, Rachel, a 20-something American Jew, runs headlong into trauma associated with the Holocaust — and her feelings about the refugee crisis. An Ethiopian refugee shows her that healing begins with a single act of compassion.
Directors: Shirly Sasson-Ezer and Dana Keidar
2019 • 18 minutes • Israel / Hebrew
A dark comedy about a 32-year-old careerist who is struggling to become pregnant amid massive social pressure.
Director: Shiri Cohen
2018 • 9 minutes • Israel/Hebrew
A bittersweet coming-of-age tale of a 12-year-old Israeli girl who goes to the beauty salon for the first time to get her eyebrows waxed in preparation for her bat mitzvah.
Flour & Water: A Baker’s Peace
Director: Christopher King
2019 • 9 minutes • USA / English, French
Three bakers — a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim — come together in Tel Aviv to bake bread in the form of a “hamsa” — a symbol of peace. Filmed in Israel and southern France.
Director: Sarah Smith
2019 • 14 minutes • USA / English
One night, when his family is out of town, a Hasidic man with a carefully guarded secret misplaces his black hat, causing his two separate lives to collide in a way he never imagined.
Director: Rachel Gordon
2019 • 10 minutes • USA/English
Birdie, a biracial child, lives with her white mom in New Jersey. As she prepares for her bat mitzvah, she spends a day with her recovering addict black father. When he lets her down, her resilience enables her to proudly enter adulthood.
The Shabbos Goy
Director: Talia Osteen
2019 • 7 minutes • USA / English
On Shabbat, when a young Orthodox woman in Brooklyn is forbidden to turn off a certain stimulating device gone rogue, she sets out on a quest to find someone who can.
Post-screening discussion with filmmakers Christopher King (Flour & Water) and Rachel Gordon (Broken Bird)