Washington Jewish Film Festival 2017

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••• Magic Men. Photo courtesy of the Washington Jewish Film Festival

The Washington Jewish Film Festival is an annual event that promotes the preservation of Jewish culture by showing films with Jewish themes and encouraging a dialogue about a variety of issues. The film festival, sponsored by the Washington DCJCC, features world, East Coast and mid-Atlantic premieres, filmmaker and cast appearances, and a curated line-up of screenings, festivities and other programs.

This year’s Festival includes 69 films and over 150 screenings encompassing a wide range of Jewish perspectives from the United States, Israel, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The 2016 lineup includes a variety of themes with a  focus on the lives of artists and on LGBTQ individuals.

Dates: May 17-28, 2017 (Program Details to Be Announced)

2016 Festival Highlights

  • Opening Night features Israel’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award®, Baba Joon, a tender tale of a generational divide and the immigrant experience. Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built after they emigrated from Iran to Israel.
     
  • Closing Night centers on Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman in her debut as a director in a hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness. In this dream-like tale, Portman inhabits Fania—Oz’s mother—who brings up her son in Jerusalem during the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel.
     
  • The WJFF’s Annual Visionary Award recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through moving image. The 2016 honoree is Armin Mueller-Stahl, a German actor, painter, writer and musician. The WJFF Visionary Award will be presented alongside a screening of Barry Levinson’s 1990 film Avalon, an evocative, nostalgic film that celebrates the virtues of family life.
     
  • Celebrating the release of the titular album—on Silver Spring-based label Cuneiform—legendary guitarist Gary Lucas joins forces with Tony®-nominated singer and actress Sara Stiles (Q Street, Hand to God) for a loving musical tribute to the swinging, jazzy soundtracks that adorned master animator Max Fleischer’s surreal, wacky and Yiddish-inflected Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons of the 1930’s.

Festival Venues

Ticket:  In addition to $13 single tickets, WJFF will be offering full festival passes for $150 and All Access VIP Passes for $250. Full festival passes for patrons 30 years of age or younger are available for $30. Tickets are available online.

Official Website: www.wjff.org