CJFF Films & Schedule

Origins of Violence Sunday, November 6 — 6:30 p.m. at The McCoy Center for the Arts

Origins of Violence

Directed by Elie Chouraqui, Narrative, 2015, 110 minutes, France, French with English subtitles

Gueguen Nathan Fabre, a teacher in a French-German school, is working on his thesis about the French Resistance during World War II. During a research trip to Buchenwald, he finds a photo of a prisoner with an uncanny resemblance to his father. When his father ignores his queries, Nathan pursues the matter himself. By tracking down curators and survivors and confronting family members, Nathan pieces together secrets that have been kept hidden for more than 60 years. His determined pursuit of the truth helps him to understand his family, as well as the violent outbursts he is capable of. Adapted from Fabrice Humbert’s semi-autobiographical, prize-winning novel of the same name: The Origin of Violence is a film of hope.

Reception to follow screening

Tickets: $35

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Joe's ViolinWednesday, November 9 — 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Seminary/Gloria Dei Worship Center

Joe’s Violin Kristallnacht Commemoration

Directed Kahane Cooperman, Short Documentary, 2016, 24 minutes, USA, English

Ninety-one-year-old Joseph Feingold, a Polish Holocaust survivor, donates the violin he’s had for 70 years to a local instrument drive. This donation changes the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own.

Screening followed by discussion

Presented in partnership with The Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University.

Free to the public. No ticket required for entry.

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On The MapThursday, November 10 — 7 p.m. at The Drexel Theatre

On the Map

Directed by Dani Menkin, Documentary, 2016, 85 minutes, Israel, English and Hebrew with English subtitles

A fast-moving, emotional and awe-inspiring documentary, On The Map recounts the story of the 1977 Maccabi-Tel Aviv team, and their unlikely toppling of the four-time defending Soviet team to win their first European Cup.  After winning, Israeli team captain Tal Brody, exclaimed, “We are on the map, we are staying on the map, not only sports, but in everything.” Still demoralized after the Yom Kippur War, suffering from a sagging economy and only a few years after the 1972 massacre in Munich, Israel needed a morale boost. The film brings together most of the members of that team including Brody and African American Aulcie Perry, who converted to Judaism while on the team.  NBA great Bill Walton, and former NBA Commissioner David Stern deliver incisive commentary on the team. Director Dani Menkin delivers a film that honors Israeli heroes, mesmerizes fans of the game and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant and victorious again all odds.

Screening followed by discussion with Director Dani Menkin and 1977 Maccabi-Tel Aviv Team Captain Tal Brody

Tickets:  $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-member All tickets are $12 at the door.

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Never Again is NowSunday, November 13 — 11:30 a.m. at The Drexel Theatre

Never Again is Now

Production Director Nick Jones, Documentary, 2015, 78 minutes, USA, English

Investigating the troubling rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, Never Again Is Now is the story of a woman who fled to American to escape it in 2006. Evelyn Markus was raised in Holland by parents who witnessed the growing anti-Jewish violence of the 1940’s. Her parents survived the Holocaust when Allied forces liberated them in 1945. When Markus saw signs of the same disturbing trends returning to the Netherlands, she left the land her family called home for centuries. Today, she confronts the hatred that drove her out, and embraces her life’s mission – to prevent one of history’s darkest chapters from repeating.

Screening will be followed by discussion with Evelyn Markus and Rosa Zeegers

Presented in partnership with The Columbus Jewish Foundation

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

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In Search of Israeli CuisineSunday, November 13 — 2 p.m. at The Drexel Theatre

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Directed by Roger Sherman, Documentary, 2015, 97 minutes, USA, English

In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. Join chef/guide/restaurateur/James Beard award winner, Michael Solomonov as he zigzags Israel profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners and cheese makers. Drawing from more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Christian, and Druze, a rich, complex and human story emerges. Audiences will discover that this hot, multi-cultural cuisine mirrors the current state of the Israeli people and their food.

Presented in partnership with Leventhal Artists Program

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

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Rabin The Last DaySunday, November 13 — 7 p.m. at The Drexel Theatre

Rabin, The Last Day

Directed by Amos Gitai, Drama-documentary, 2015, 156 minutes, Israel/France, Hebrew with English subtitles

In his most ambitious and compelling work yet, notable Israeli filmmaker, Amos Gitai probes the precursors and aftermath of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. Intercutting reenactments with newsreel footage, Rabin, The Last Day presents a sober but spellbinding study of the events surrounding the prime minister’s murder. The film is framed around the official commission inquiry, meticulously restaged based on transcripts and various government records. Further sequences go beyond the limited scope of the state investigation to explore the collective cultural psyche that made such a violent tragedy possible. What emerges is a controversial thesis, suggesting that the assassination was the zenith of a hate-filled campaign by extremist rabbis, militant settlers, and other right-wing elements to derail Rabin’s peacemaking efforts, and not solely due to inadequate security or the actions of one fanatic.

Screening followed by discussion

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

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OrientedTuesday, November 15 —7 p.m. at Wexner Center for the Arts

Oriented

Directed by Jake Witzenfeld, Documentary, 2015, 86 minutes, Israel/United Kingdom, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles

Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian best friends in Tel Aviv exploring their national and sexual identities, as well as relationships with Israeli friends and Jewish boyfriends during a challenging time: the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. These men, considered outsiders in Israel because of their nationality and outsiders in Palestinian society because of their sexual orientation, seek community and express their quest for equality through art. By focusing on this often ignored subset of the Palestinian community and Israeli gay culture, the film puts a uniquely Middle Eastern spin on love, dating challenges and the LGBTQ movement of equality.

Post screening discussion with Professor Naomi Brenner, Assistant Professor of Hebrew literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University

Presented in partnership with The Ohio State University’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Hillel, Film Studies Program, The Columbus Jewish Foundation, The Leventhal Artists Program and The Wexner Center for the Arts

Tickets: $5 JCC/ Wexner members, students, $ 10 Non-members

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A Tale of Love and DarknessWednesday, November 16 — 7 p.m. at The JCC

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Directed by Natalie Portman, Narrative, 2015, 95 minutes, Israel/United States, Hebrew with English subtitles

Natalie Portman stars in the adaptation Amoz Oz’s celebrated memoir set during the birth of Israel. This powerful saga is Oz’s love letter to his mother who struggles with post-war realities while raising her son in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Dealing with a married life of unfilled promises and integration in a foreign land, she battles depression and can only escape in a world of daydreams. A Tale of Love and Darkness is tragic, comic and utterly honest; making it a wondrous rendition of Oz.

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

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The Kind WordsThursday, November 17 — 5:30 p.m. at The Drexel Theatre

The Kind Words

Directed by Shemi Zarhin, Narrative, 2015, 113 minutes, Canada/Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles

Three Jerusalem siblings take a life-changing trip to uncover the truth of their parentage. Embittered, hot-tempered Dorona and her two very dissimilar brothers — the older, an unsettled Orthodox father Netanel, and the younger Shai, a bisexual bar owner receive a bombshell when they learn the man who raised them isn’t their biological father. This shock sets them on a quest across France as they try to unravel their origins. As they piece together the inscrutable secrets of their past, they all grapple with issues of familial, religious and ethnic identity.

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

Enjoy a boxed dinner between the films. Turkey, vegetarian, and egg salad options available. Dinner: $10  Reservation deadline: November 10. Dinner must be prepaid. Click here to make your dinner reservation.

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THE-LAW---STILL-WEBThursday, November 17 — 8 p.m. at The Drexel Theatre

The Law

Directed by Christian Faure, Narrative, 2015, 90 minutes, France, French with English subtitles

The art of legislative deal-making becomes riveting political drama in the true story of France’s tenacious health minister and her groundbreaking struggle to legalize abortion. Simone Veil, French lawyer, politician and Holocaust survivor was appointed health minister by Prime Minister Jacques Chirac in 1974. She faced strong opposition from the Catholic Church and her own factionalized party in pushing landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion in France and end dangerous back-alley procedures. With just days to debate the issue before a final vote, anti-abortion activists launch a campaign of personal and anti-semitic attacks. Refusing to back down, she intensifies her efforts to upend societies dangerous misconceptions about abortion and a woman’s right to choose.

Presented in partnership with The National Council of Jewish Women Columbus Section

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

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Sabena HijackingSunday, November 20 — 5 p.m. at The JCC

Sabena Hijacking: My Version

Directed by Rani Saar, Docudrama, 2015, 98 minutes, Israel, English/Hebrew with English subtitles

On May 8, 1972, hijackers from the Palestinian group Black September took control of Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv. With the captain at gunpoint and Jewish passengers separated from the others, the hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless Israel agreed to release Palestinian prisoners. The next day, Israeli Special Forces launched a daring operation to rescue the passengers and retake the plane. Events are recalled firsthand by passengers, newly-discovered audio recordings of the pilot, and an interview with the sole surviving hijacker. Also featured are future Israeli leaders Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Brak, who both took part in the raid and Shimon Peres.

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

Enjoy a NY Deli dinner at 6:45 p.m. Dinner: $18 Reservation deadline: November 13. Dinner must be prepaid. Click here to make your dinner reservation.

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Wedding DollSunday, November 20 — 8 p.m. at The JCC

Wedding Doll

Directed by Nitzan Gilady, Narrative, 2015, 82 minutes, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles

Moran Rosenblatt won the Israeli Academy Award for her portrayal of Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental disability living with her nurturing but overprotective mother. Hagit is an impossible dreamer who prides herself on her independence but also dreams vividly about marriage. She finds escape in designing bridal gowns and dolls out of leftover materials from the toilet paper factory where she works. All too aware of life’s cruel disappointments, her mother worries that her daughter cannot separate her romantic fantasies from real life.

Nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards.

Tickets: $10/JCC members, seniors; $12/non-members All tickets are $12 at the door.

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