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Asia

Vika's quest for independence forces her young mom to worry about her declining health.
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Director(s):Ruth Pribar
Program:Israeli
Family Stories
Country:Israel
Year:2020
Language:Hebrew
Russian
Running Time:85 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Death and Dying
Drama
Family Relationships
Israel
Women
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Asia: Live Program

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Midfest: Behind the Scenes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with show writer Noah Gardenswartz

Get an inside look at The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s writers room with comedian/writer Noah Gardenswartz.
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Program:Live Programs
Special Events
Topic:American Jewish Life
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Commandment 613: Live Program

November 13, 3pm A live calligraphy demonstration with subject Rabbi Kevin Hale.
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The Crossing

Gerda and her little brother bravely decide to help two Jewish children escape Norway to safety in Sweden.
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Director(s):Johanne Helgeland
Program:Family Films
Holocaust/Anti-Semitism
Year:2019
Language:Norwegian
Running Time:96 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Topic:Anti-Semitism
Drama
Family Films
History
Holocaust
Interfaith
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The Crossing: Live Q&A

November 9, 7:00 PM A conversation with director Johanne Helgeland
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The End of Love

Video chatting is exciting at first, but slowly begins to wear on Julie and Yuval's relationship.
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Director(s):Keren Ben Rafael
Program:FreshFlix
Israeli
Love Stories
Country:France
Year:2019
Language:French
Hebrew
Running Time:90 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Topic:Anti-Semitism
Drama
Family Relationships
FreshFlix/Young Adult
Immigration
Israel
Romance
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The End Of Love: Live Program

November 11, 12:30 pm A conversation with director Keren Ben Rafael
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FreshFlix Short Film Competition

An annual celebration of the next generation of filmmakers. Join us for a selection of international short films selected by a jury of young professionals.
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Program:Shorts and Episodic
FreshFlix/Young Adult
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FreshFlix Short Film Competition: Live Q&A

November 5, 7pm. A conversation with competition filmmakers.
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Honeymood

When Eleanor finds the ring that her groom’s ex-girlfriend gave him as a wedding gift, she insists he return it -- even if it means spending their wedding night stalking the streets of Jerusalem to track her down.
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Director(s):Talya Lavie
Program:FreshFlix
Israeli
BJFF Alumni Director
Love Stories
Country:Israel
2019
Language:Hebrew
Running Time:90 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Comedy
Israel
Romance
FreshFlix/Young Adult
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Honeymood: Live Program

November 13, 1:30pm: A conversation with director Talya Lavie.
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In Your Eyes, I See My Country

A musical journey through Morocco and an exploration of Judeo-Moroccan culture.
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Director(s):Kamal Hachkar
Program:Israeli
BJFF Alumni Director
Documentaries
Country:Morocco
France
Year:2019
Language:Hebrew
Arabic
Running Time:75 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Immigration
Israel
Music
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In Your Eyes, I See My Country: Live Q&A and Performance

November 8, 12:30pm A conversation with Director Kamal Hachkar and subjects Neta Elkayam & Amit Hai Cohen, with musical performance.
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An Irrepressible Woman

The true love story of Janot Reichenbach and French Prime Minister, Léon Blum.
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Director(s):Laurent Heynemann
Program:Holocaust/Anti-Semitism
Love Stories
Country:France
Year:2019
Language:French
Running Time:105 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Anti-Semitism
Drama
History
Romance
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An Irrepressible Woman: Live Program

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Isaac

Decades later, Andrius Gluosnis is forced to reckon with his role in Lithuania's 1941 Lietukis Garage Massacre.
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Director(s):Jurgis Matulevicius
Program:Holocaust/Anti-Semitism
Based on a Book
Country:Lithuania
Year:2019
Language:Lithuanian
Russian
Running Time:104 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Topic:Anti-Semitism
Drama
Holocaust
Russia/Former Soviet Union
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Isaac: Live Q&A

November 8, 3:00 PM A conversation with filmmaker : Jurgis Matulevicius .
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Love & Stuff

Amid boxes and memories, Judith Helfand grieves her mother and begins the process of adopting a child at age 50.
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Director(s):Judith Helfand
Program:Family Stories
Documentaries
Year:2020
Language:English
Running Time:80 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:American Jewish Life
Death and Dying
Family Relationships
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Love & Stuff: Live Q&A

November 10, 7:30pm. A conversation with director and subject Judith Helfand
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Ma'abarot

The story and legacy of ma'abarot, where Arab-Jewish refugees were housed in Israel's early days.
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Director(s):Dina Zvi-Riklis
Program:Israeli
Documentaries
Country:Israel
Year:2019
Language:Hebrew
Running Time:84 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:History
Immigration
Israel
Israeli History
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Minyan

David wrestles with his identity and faith, caught between his Orthodox family in Brooklyn and the East Village gay scene.
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Director(s):Eric Steel
Program:FreshFlix
Based on a Book
Country:United States
Year:2020
Language:English
Hebrew
Russian
Yiddish
Running Time:118 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Topic:American Jewish Life
Death and Dying
Drama
Faith and Spirituality
Family Relationships
FreshFlix/Young Adult
Immigration
LGBTQ
Russia/Former Soviet Union
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The Rabbi From Hezbollah

The true spy story of how a Lebanese shepherd became a top informant for the IDF.
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Director(s):Itamar Chen
Program:Israeli
Documentaries
Country:Israel
Year:2019
Language:Hebrew
Running Time:64 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Topic:Faith and Spirituality
Israel
Israeli History
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Saul & Ruby's Holocaust Survivor Band

Saul and Ruby's band is unlike any other -- they are Holocaust survivors in their 90s and they make music with a mission.
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Director(s):Tod Lending
Program:Holocaust/Anti-Semitism
Social Justice
Documentaries
Country:United States
Canada
Poland
Year:2019
Language:English
Running Time:80 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Boston Premiere
Topic:Anti-Semitism
Holocaust
Music
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Opening Night: Saul & Ruby's Holocaust Survivor Band: Live Program

November 4, 7:30 PM Join us for our virtual Opening Night music and conversation event with director Tod Lending and live performance by subjects Saul Dreir and Ruby Sosnowicz!
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Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

A remarkable account of the historic alliance between Jewish and Black Americans.
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Director(s):Dr. Shari Rogers
Program:Social Justice
Documentaries
Country:United States
Year:2020
Language:English
Running Time:95 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Boston Premiere
Topic:African-American
American Jewish Life
Anti-Semitism
Faith and Spirituality
History
Holocaust
Interfaith
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Shared Legacies: Live Q&A

November 14, 7:30pm. Conversation with director Dr. Shari Rogers Ph.D, Susannah Heschel and more included with ticket to the film.
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Shiva Baby

Danielle must balance who she is with her family versus the rest of the world when she runs into her sugar daddy at a shiva.
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Director(s):Emma Seligman
Program:FreshFlix
Country:United States
Year:2020
Language:English
Running Time:71 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:American Jewish Life
FreshFlix/Young Adult
LGBTQ
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Shiva Baby: Live Program

November 7, 7:30pm A conversation with director Emma Seligman and Anna Feder, introduction by Katherine Irving, Director of Programming at Boston Women's Film Festival.
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Sublet

Michael, a travel writer visiting Tel Aviv, gets a new lease on life when he meets Tomer.
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Director(s):Eytan Fox
Program:Israeli
BJFF Alumni Director
Country:Israel
Year:2020
Language:English
Hebrew
Running Time:90 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Boston Premiere
Topic:American Jewish Life
Israel
LGBTQ
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Sublet: Live Q&A

Sunday, Novemeber 15, 1:30 PM: A conversation with director Eytan Fox.
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Syndrome K

Syndrome K was said to be deadly and highly contagious -- and it saved dozens of Roman Jews.
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Director(s):Stephen Edwards
Program:Holocaust/Anti-Semitism
Social Justice
Documentaries
Country:United States
Year:2020
Language:English
Italian
Running Time:76 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Topic:Anti-Semitism
History
Holocaust
Interfaith
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Tahara

When her best friend kisses her at Hebrew school, Carrie's world is turned inside out.
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Director(s):Olivia Peace
Program:FreshFlix
Country:United States
Year:2020
Language:English
Running Time:82 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere (Available to the New England Region)
Topic:African-American
American Jewish Life
Death and Dying
FreshFlix/Young Adult
LGBTQ
Romance
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They Ain't Ready For Me

Tamar's identity as a mother, Black woman, and Jew drives her incredible work on Chicago's South Side.
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Director(s):Brad Rothschild
Program:Social Justice
Documentaries
Country:United States
Year:2020
Language:English
Running Time:87 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Topic:African-American
American Jewish Life
Faith and Spirituality
Women
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They Aint Ready For Me: Live Q&A

November 12, 7:30pm. A conversation with subject Tamar Manasseh and director Brad Rothschild
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Thou Shalt Not Hate

After leaving an injured neo-Nazi to die, Simone's guilt compels him to meet the man’s family.
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Director(s):Mauro Mancini
Program:Holocaust/Anti-Semitism
Country:Italy
Poland
Year:2020
Language:Italian
Running Time:95 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Topic:Anti-Semitism
Drama
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TLV TV Israeli TV Binge: Unchained

(Episodes 1-12) Rabbi Yossef works for the courts, helping wives get divorces, but a secret revealed makes him question his own marriage.
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Director(s):Tamar Kay
Joseph Madmony
David Ofek
Program:Shorts and Episodic
Israeli
Country:Israel
Year:2019
Language:Hebrew
Running Time:533 min
Type of Film:TV Series
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Drama
Faith and Spirituality
Family Relationships
Israel
Women
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TLV TV: Unchained: Live Q&A

November 15, 11:30am A conversation with creator/director Tamar Kay, lead actress Avigayil Koevary, Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe and Shulamit Reinharz, Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
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The Viewing Booth

The viewer becomes the viewed in this unique documentary about perception and media in the digital age.
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Director(s):Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
Program:Israeli
Documentaries
Country:Israel
United States
Year:2019
Language:English
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Israel
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The Viewing Booth: Live Program

November 9, 8:30pm Live conversation with Director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Nine-year-old Anna's world changes when her family must leave Germany. Based on the beloved children’s novel.
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Director(s):Caroline Link
Program:Family Films
Holocaust/Anti-Semitism
Family Stories
Based on a Book
Country:Germany
Year:2019
Language:German
Running Time:110 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Anti-Semitism
Drama
Family Films
Family Relationships
Holocaust
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Where Do We Go From Here: Shorts Program: Live Q&A

November 8, 4:00 PM A conversation with short film filmmakers.
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Where Do We Go From Here?: Short Film Program

A collection of short films exploring next steps.
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Program:Shorts and Episodic
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