Jewish Film Festival Runs through November 20


The 13th Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival continues this weekend and next week with ten more opportunities to catch the best in international and independent films playing throughout the Columbus area.

Documentaries include Monsieur Mayonnaise on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. The film is Phillip Mora’s stories of his parent’s Holocaust survival and their resistance efforts saving thousands of Jewish lives. Mora will be in attendance and will lead a discussion following the screening.

Documentarian Barak Heymann will present two of his works, Mr. Gaga and Whose Going to Love Me Now?, in partnership with BalletMet, Ohio State University’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Dance, and Wexner Center for the Arts.

Mr. Gaga will show at the Wexner Center for the Arts on November 14 at 7:00 pm and tells the story of Ohad Naharin and his pivotal role in the evolution of dance. This exuberant film illuminates the creative process of an audacious Israeli choreographer widely hailed as an icon of modern dance.  Naharin’s career has spanned several prestigious dance ensembles, culminating in his tenure as artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Mr. Heymann will lead a discussion with BalletMet Artistic Director, Edwaard Liang following the screening.

Heymann’s other documentary showing at this year’s film festival, Who’s Going to Love Me Now?, is a tale of an inspirational and intensely personal journey of an Israeli man, rejected by his religious family and community, returning home and beginning to repair his relationships.  The London Gay Men’s Chorus provide a glorious soundtrack for this documentary about the power of forgiveness and the power that home has, no matter how far we go. Mr. Heymann, both director and producer of the film, will participate in a post screening discussion with David Brown, The Harmony Project Founder & Creative Director on November 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Canzani Center – Columbus College of Art and Design.

The narrative films explore topics of love, loss, acceptance, hope, and bravery. The final film of the festival, Keep the Change, is the winner of Best Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Under the guise of a New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical: It paints a refreshingly honest portrayal of a community of adults living on the autism spectrum. While thoroughly charming and quite funny, the story also portrays a community that is seldom represented and rarely understood.


For a full list of all of this year’s films, visit columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/film-festival/. Individual tickets are available for purchase as well as Reel Passes, which give full access to the Film Festival plus one extra free ticket to any film with the exception of opening night. To purchase tickets, visit the JCC front desk or contact Emily Schuss at eschuss@columbusjcc.org or 614-559-6205.


The 2017 Columbus Jewish Film Festival is presented by Rozanne and Jerry Stern in memory of Andrew Ethan Stern and is underwritten by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.