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March 2019

19th Annual NJJFF: Promise at Dawn (Opening Night)

Date and Time:

March 27 @ 7:30 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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 In this sensational adaptation of French writer, Romain Gary’s beloved memoir, Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia) and Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent) star in this story of a man driven to greatness while in search of maternal approval. Director Eric Barbier offers a sweeping narrative that takes us from Gary’s childhood in Poland to his years as a student in Paris, and his training as a pilot during World War II. “A film that lives up to the original masterpiece novel.”…

19th Annual NJJFF: How to Swim; In Her Footsteps

Date and Time:

March 28 @ 11:30 am
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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  Total Run Time: 85 min How to Swim   Abigail is heavily pregnant, But something is missing. Terrified about the imminent birth, she kidnaps a comforting partner in crime for one afternoon. Run time: 15 min Genre – Short Narrative Director – Noa Gusakov Year – 2018 Country – Israel Language – Hebrew Topics – Motherhood, Black Comedy In Her Footsteps   To find a better life for their family, the filmmaker’s parents left their house in the Bedouin…

19th Annual NJJFF: The Tabacconist

Date and Time:

March 28 @ 7:30 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler, this heart-breaking film tells the story of 17-year-old Franz, who journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst (who admits that to him, the female sex is as big a mystery as it is to Franz).…

19th Annual NJJFF: The Interpreter

Date and Time:

March 29 @ 11:30 am
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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With both tragic and comic overtones, the film tells of octogenarian Ali Ungar, who sets out to take revenge on the SS officer who executed his parents in Slovakia. Instead, he finds the Nazi’s 70-year-old son, Georg, who had avoided his father all his life and offers to be Ali’s interpreter. The two men embark on a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy, on the way discovering their own identity. Run time: 114 min Genre –…

19th Annual NJJFF: Travelogue Tel Aviv; The Unorthodox

Date and Time:

March 30 @ 9:00 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Total Run time: 100 min   Travelogue Tel Aviv A young art student from Switzerland arrives for six months in Tel Aviv, documenting his experiences in an animated journal. His sensitive drawings capture not only the local color and characters, but the city’s personality and ever-changing atmosphere. Run time: 6 min Genre – Short Documentary Director – Samuel Patthey Year – 2017 Country – Switzerland Language – Without dialogue Topics – Animation, Israel, Travel, Student film   The Unorthodox The…

19th Annual NJJFF: Stockholm

Date and Time:

March 31 @ 1:00 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Just days before the laureates are announced, a leading contender for the Nobel Prize in Economics is found dead in his bed. His four closest friends decide to keep him “alive” a bit longer for the one thing he wanted more than anything. Fluctuating between broad comedy and sharp character drama, Stockholm explores lifelong bonds formed among friends and the secrets intertwined inside of them, an endearing portrait of comradeship in the twilight years. Run time – 155 min Genre…

19th Annual NJJFF: Redemption

Date and Time:

March 31 @ 7:00 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Menachem, former frontman for a rock band, is now religious and the father of a six-year-old whose daughter has been diagnosed with cancer. Desperate to find a way to fund the expensive treatments, he reunites his band for one last tour. The quest to save his daughter exposes old wounds and leads him to understand that only a new connection to his past and to his music can pave the way to his own redemption. Run time – 104 min…

April 2019

19th Annual NJJFF: Scaffolding

Date and Time:

April 1 @ 11:30 am
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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17-year-old Asher has always been a troublemaker at school. He can’t concentrate in class, and he is driven by large doses of rage and violence. Yet, he is also endowed with a considerable amount of charm and street wisdom. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business, Asher finds a different kind of role model in his sensitive literature teacher and forges a special connection with him. Torn between two worlds, Asher strives…

19th Annual NJJFF: Footsteps of My Father (College of Saint Elizabeth)

Date and Time:

April 1 @ 7:30 pm
College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Made by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, this film recounts the courageous acts of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. As the highest-ranking officer in the Stalag IXA POW camp, Edmonds was ordered to identify the Jewish soldiers in order to separate them from the other prisoners. Edmonds refused, responding, "We are all Jews here,” thereby saving the lives of the 200 Jewish soldiers among them. The film, told through…

19th Annual NJJFF: Simon & Théodore

Date and Time:

April 1 @ 7:30 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Simon, an emotionally troubled young man, and his wife, a rabbi, are about to have a baby. But, he agonizes, how can he care for his child when he can barely take care of himself? An encounter with Théodore, an unruly teen studying for his bar mitzvah, leads to the two misfits setting out on a quest that may lead to acceptance of themselves. Run time:  84 min Genre – Narrative Director – Mikael Buch Year – 2018 Country –…

19th Annual NJJFF: The Syrian Patient

Date and Time:

April 2 @ 11:30 am
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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As war rages on in Syria, wounded soldiers and civilians, many unconscious, are secretly brought over the border to Israeli hospitals. Many of the Syrians are terrified when they awaken, certain they are in enemy hands. But the patients and doctors forge deep relationships, as the suffering Syrians benefit from Israel’s world-renowned medical care. Run time: 61 min Genre –Documentary Director – Racheli Schwartz Year – 2017 Country – Israel Language – Hebrew, Arabic Topics – War, Healthcare, Humanity  …

19th Annual NJJFF: Wajib

Date and Time:

April 2 @ 7:30 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Wajib Over the course of one day in Nazareth, Abu and his son Shadi (played by real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri) hand-deliver invitations for the wedding of Abu’s daughter (including to two Jewish friends of Abu’s, whom Shadi suspects of being Israel spies). Through their bickering and reminiscing, they reveal layers of their troubled relationship and the generational gaps within Arab-Israeli society. Run time: 97 min Genre – Narrative Director – Annemarie Jacir Year – 2017 Country…

19th Annual NJJFF: Death Metal Grandma; The Mamboniks

Date and Time:

April 3 @ 12:30 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Death Metal Grandma 97-year-old Holocaust survivor Inge Ginsberg is making her final attempt at being recognized as a Death Metal Singer by auditioning for America’s Got Talent. Inge redefines what it means to grow old and reminds us it’s never too late to follow your dream. Run Time: 2018, 15 minutes Director- Leah Galant Country - USA Language - English Topics - Biography, Music, Survivor   The Mamboniks In the 1950s, a group of free-spirited, mostly Jewish retirees fell head over…

19th Annual NJJFF: Who Will Write Our History?

Date and Time:

April 3 @ 7:30 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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This award-winning film, based on the book by Samuel D. Kassow, tells the wrenching story of the journalists, scholars, and community leaders who risked everything to record history within the Warsaw Ghetto. Led by Emanuel Ringelblum, the clandestine group — known by the code name Oyneg Shabes — chronicled stories and left a hidden cache of writings to record the true history of the Nazis’ genocidal brutality. Mixing testimony from the archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage, and dramatizations shot…

19th Annual NJJFF: Working Woman

Date and Time:

April 4 @ 11:30 am
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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As primary breadwinner for her family while her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat, Orna is elated when she gets a major promotion at work. However, she soon realizes that her career advancement has come with a hefty price tag. The unwanted sexual advances of her married boss is making life at work unbearable. Orna feels increasingly isolated, and when her world is shattered, she must pull herself together to fight for her job and a sense of…

19th Annual NJJFF: You Only Die Twice

Date and Time:

April 4 @ 7:30 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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The surprise announcement that filmmaker Yair Lev’s mother has inherited property in London leads to an astonishing discovery. He turns detective, embarking on a suspenseful journey and charged meetings between descendants of Jews and Nazis — to uncover the truth about the man who stole his grandfather's identity and later became president of a Jewish community in Austria.   Run time: 92 min Genre – Documentary Director – Yair Lev Year – 2018 Country – Israel, Austria Language – Hebrew,…

19th Annual NJJFF: Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Date and Time:

April 5 @ 11:30 am
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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The rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to prime minister of Israel is an amazing 20th-century story. William Gibson’s play “Golda’s Balcony” — which focuses on the period surrounding the 1973 Yom Kippur War — opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre in October 2003. Its star, Tovah Feldshuh, was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and it became the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. A recently discovered film from the…

19th Annual NJJFF: Boxes; Echo

Date and Time:

April 6 @ 9:00 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Boxes As Oma and her granddaughter spend the afternoon packing up the belongings of Oma's recently deceased husband, hidden truths about their lives come to light. Oma tries her best to hide a secret life she lived before the Holocaust, while Jessica grapples with coming out about her sexuality. Director - Jeremy Borison Run Time: 13 minutes Year - 2018 Country - USA Language - English Topics - LBGTQ, Family, Secrets   Echo In this stylishly romantic and sensual exploration of…

19th Annual NJJFF: Back to Berlin

Date and Time:

April 7 @ 11:00 am
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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In 2015, the European Maccabi Games were held in Germany for the first time since World War II, at the Waldbühne Stadium, site of Hitler’s infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics. The film follows 11 Israeli motor-bikers carrying the Maccabi torch from Tel Aviv to Berlin, retracing the route of early 1930s riders who set out from the British Mandate of Palestine to spread the word about the first Maccabi Games throughout Europe. Each destination holds a chilling resonance for the riders…

19th Annual NJJFF: Family in Transition (SOPAC)

Date and Time:

April 7 @ 2:00 pm
Bow-Tie Cinema, SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ 07079 United States
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Amit, a father of four living in Nahariya, reveals to his wife, Galit, and children that he's about to transition into a woman. Despite personal complications and social stigmas, Galit sticks with Amit through this transgender journey, and their children remain supportive. But just when it seems that their situation has achieved some normalcy, their lives upside down. Director: Ophir Trainin 2018, 70 minutes Israel / Hebrew Transgender, Family Post-screening discussion

19th Annual NJJFF: The Other Story; The Outer Circle (Closing Night)

Date and Time:

April 7 @ 7:00 pm
JCC MetroWest | Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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The Outer Circle Daniel and his fiancée, Katherine, who is midway through a stringent Orthodox conversion, and are eager to gain the blessing of his intimidatingly large and loud Iraqi-Jewish family. Director: Adam Baroukh Year - 2017 Run Time - 13 minutes Country - United Kingdom Language - English, Arabic, Hebrew Topics - Religion, Family The Other Story    By turns suspenseful, poignant, and humorous, the film introduces two rebellious young women — one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for…