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Jewish and Israeli Film Festival

Celebrate 30 years of Cincinnati’s Jewish & Israeli Film Festival and 10 Years of the Festival as a Program of the Mayerson JCC! Award winning films from around the world will light up screens across Cincinnati during this popular month-long festival. This year’s slate of films will explore significant topics as seen through the lens of the individual or a few. Personal. Impactful. Human. Which seems unlikely or insurmountable can be challenged. Join us to celebrate the humanity in these stories

 2019 Film Festival – February 2 – 21, 2019

Tickets go on sale January 2, 2019!

Opening Film: An Act of Defiance. Saturday, Feb 2 2019. At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 7pm. Jean Van De Velda. Drama. English/Afrikaans. 123 minutes. – In this riveting historical drama, political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. In partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as they celebrate Mandela 100 with their exhibit “Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu”, on display March 1, 2019

Closing Film: Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. Thursday, February 21, 2019. 20th Century Theather. 7pm. Seth kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. Docuemtnary. English. 86 Minutes. 2018. Follow the Underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team as they compete for the first time in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Through thier odyssey from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations, the team discovers the pride of representing Israel on the world stage. Special Feature: Post-film discussion with Head Home cast members Jonathan Mayo, senior writer for, and Jon Moscot, Israeli-American professional pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization.


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Past Festival Lineups

Hummus! The Movie (Dir. Oren Rosenfeld, 2016)
Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (Dir. Yariv Mozer, 2016)
The 90-Minute War (Dir. Eyal Tadmor, 2017)
Home Port (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2016)
Scaffolding (Dir. Matan Yair, 2017)
Across the Waters (Dir. Nicolo Donato, 2017)
Bye Bye Germany (Dir. Sam Garbarski, 2017)
And Then She Arrived (Dir. Roee Florentin, 2017)
The Law (Dir. Christian Faure, 2015)
Amor (Dir. Raphaël Rebibo, 2016)
My Hero Brother (Dir. Yonatan Nir, 2016)
Big Sonia (Dirs. Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday, 2016)


Mr. Predictable (Dir. Roee Florentin, 2016)
Fever at Dawn (Dir. Péter Gárdos, 2015)
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (Dirs. Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann, 2016)
A Heartbeat Away (Dirs. Tal Barda & Noam Pinchas, 2016)
The Last Mentsch (Dir. Pierre-Henry Salfati, 2014)
Persona Non Grata (Dir. Cellin Gluck, 2015)
Moos (Dir. Job Gosschalk, 2016)
Mr. Gaga (Dir. Tomer Heymann, 2015)
Wounded Land (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2015)
Time to Say Goodbye (Dir. Viviane Andereggen, 2015)
A.K.A. Nadia (Dir. Tova Ascher, 2015)
On The Map (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2016)


Remember (Dir. Atom Egoyan, 2016)
Look At Us Now Mother! (Dir. Gayle Kirschenbaum, 2015)
Victor “Young” Perez (Dir. Jacques Ouaniche, 2014)
In Search of Israeli Cuisine (Dir. Roger M. Sherman, 2015)
Serial (Bad) Weddings (Dir. Philippe De Chauveron, 2014)
Les Héritiers/Once in a Lifetime (Dir. Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, 2014)
Rock in the Red Zone (Dir. Laura Bialis, 2014)
Fire Birds (Dir. Amir Wolf, 2015)
Is That You? (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2014)
Operation Sunflower (Dir. Avraham Kushnir, 2014)
Hill Start (Dir. Oren Stern, 2014)
Oriented (Dir. Jake Witzenfeld, 2015)
Special Event – On Movies: A Conversation with Film Critic Leonard Maltin


Peace After Marriage (Dirs. Bandar Albuliwi & Ghazi Albuliwi, 2013)
The Green Prince (Dir. Nadav Schirman, 2014)
Aftermath (Dir. Władysław Pasikowski, 2013)
24 Days (Dir. Alexandre Arcady, 2014)
Dancing in Jaffa (Dir. Hilla Medalia, 2013)
Bethlehem (Dir. Yuval Adler, 2013)
Zero Motivation (Dir. Talya Lavie, 2014)
The Third Half (Dir. Darko Mitrevski, 2012)
Snails in the Rain (Dir. Yariv Mozer, 2013)
Above and Beyond (Dir. Roberta Grossman, 2014)


The Yellow Ticket (Dirs. Eugen Illés & Victor Janson, 1918)
Eagles (Dir. Dror Sabo, 2012)
Kaddish For A Friend (Dir. Leo Khasin, 2011)
The Zigzag Kid (Dir. Bal Vincent, 2012)
Besa: The Promise (Dir. Rachel Goslins, 2012)
The Ceremony (Dir. Avi Weissblei, 2013)
Ameer Got His Gun (Dir. Naomi Levari, 2011)
Cupcakes (Dir. Eytan Fox, 2013)