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.
- The Avalon - 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
- Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater -1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
- AFI Silver Theater - 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
- Bethesda Row Cinema - 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD
- E Street Cinema - Lincoln Square Building at 555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC
- Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
- The National Gallery of Art - 7th & Constitution Ave NW Washington DC
- West End Cinema - 23rd St NW Washington DC
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