Welcome to the 12th Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival!
To promote the preservation of Jewish culture and celebrate cultural diversity, we invite you to join us on a two-week cinematic journey of twelve outstanding movies … a kaleidoscope of light-hearted comedies, critically acclaimed dramas and engaging documentaries that showcases world cinema exploring the global Jewish experience. Cinematic stories — of joy and celebration, love and loss, tolerance and activism, ethics and history – demonstrate the magnificent medium of film as a vehicle for perpetuating Jewish values, identity, culture and community. We hope that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.
This year, we expanded access and audiences with a new venue that will offer a unique movie-going experience. We are proud to announce that Opening Night will be at the McCoy Center in New Albany, Ohio. The films you will see represent the works of a group of outstanding producers and directors from many countries including the United States, Israel, France, Germany and Netherlands. This year’s selections represent the formidable will for independence (Wedding Doll), a startling discovery of a family secret (The Origin of Violence), a portrait of political upheaval (Rabin, the Last Day), the fight for justice (The Law), the making of history in an improbable win (On the Map), the confrontation of national and sexual identity (Oriented), the complex bonds of family relationships (The Kind Words), an heroic rescue and release of Sabena Flight 971 (Sabena Hijacking: My Version) and a gastronomical expedition of the Israeli food scene (In Search of Israeli Cuisine.) This is just a small sampling of the films on tap.
Our thanks and appreciation go to our sponsors whose unwavering support has helped us become one of the most well-respected Jewish film fests on the circuit. The generosity of our community partners, financial supporters; our venue and in-kind donors allow us to present a festival worthy of you, our loyal audience. We are very fortunate to have the wisdom and imagination of Emily Schuss as our CJFF Director to create and implement the Festival. We are grateful to our Fundraising Chair Jody Altschule for her enthusiasm and diligence and to our dedicated steering committee members, volunteers and the JCC staff who flawlessly help us stage this fine event.
Please check out the Festival lineup in this program. We thank all of you for your support of this premiere Film Festival, and can’t wait to see you at the movies!
Sandy Meizlish and Carol Handler
Columbus Jewish Film Festival Co-Chairs