Films categorized alphabetically.

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After Auschwitz
LA Premiere!
Documentary/USA/2017/83 minutes
Written & Directed by Jon Kean

Starring Renee Firestone, Eva Beckmann, Rena Drexler, Linda Sherman, Erika Jacoby and  Lili Majzner


“You’re free. Go home.”
Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. To an American, liberation sounds like it should have been a great day. For survivors, liberation from the camps was the beginning of a life long struggle. After Auschwitz is a “Post-Holocaust” documentary that follows six extraordinary women, capturing what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life. These women all settled in Los Angeles and became “Americans” but they never truly found a place to call home. What makes the story so much more fascinating is how these women saw, interpreted and interacted with the changing face of America in the second half of the 20th century.

  • Sunday, April 30, 1:45 pm
    Laemmle Town Center, Encino
  • Q&A with Jon Kean and survivors in the film
  • Sponsored by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Community Partner: Jewish World Watch


Bye Bye Germany
North American Premiere!
Drama, comedy/Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium/2017/101 minutes
Directed by Sam Garbarski

Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Mark Ivanir and Antje Traue
German with English subtitles

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The story picks up where most German period pieces end — after WWII. With the Nazi regime effectively dismantled, a group of Jewish friends want to find a way to America and away from the land that for the last several years had them face to face with death. David, (Moritz Bleibtreu Run Lola Run, Munich) is a Holocaust survivor who starts up a linen business with partner Max (Mark Ivanir, Homeland, Human Resources Manager) and other former concentration camp inmates, exploiting the guilt of their German customers to raise money to emigrate.

But U.S. special agent Sara Simon (Antje Traue, Woman in Gold) who is investigating his case, is asking uncomfortable questions about David’s wartime past, even suggesting he may have been a Nazi collaborator.

  • Monday, May 1, 7:30 pm
    Laemmle Music Hall
  • Q&A with actor Mark Ivanir


  • Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of German


Fanny’s Journey
Los Angeles Premiere!
Drama/France/Belgium/2016/94 minutes
Directed by Lola Doillon
Starring Cécile de France (Hereafter, The Young Pope, The Secret)
French with English subtitles


Based on a true story, FANNY’S JOURNEY is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

  • Sunday, April 30, 7:30 pm
    Laemmle Town Center, Encino


  • Sponsored by the Goldrich Family Foundation and Randol and Pamela Schoenberg for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Community Partner: Anti-Defamation League

Glories of Tango
Los Angeles Premiere!
Drama/Argentina/2015/110 minutes
Directed by Hernán Findling and Oliver Kolker
Starring Héctor Alterio, Gastón Pauls and Antonella Costa
Spanish with English subtitles


Having started a residency at a Buenos Aires hospital, Jewish psychiatrist Ezequiel (Gastón Pauls) is especially perplexed by the behaviour of one of his patients, Fermin (Héctor Alterio), who communicates only by quoting lyrics and titles of tango songs. Suspecting that Fermin has been misdiagnosed for decades, Ezequiel starts researching his history, uncovering some dark secrets from both his patient’s and his country’s pasts. His research would also make him fall in love – with tango, and with Eva, (Antonella Costa) a tango instructor and Fermin’s granddaughter. Glories of Tango is as delightful and intense as its thrilling dance scenes.

Winner, Audience Award – Phoenix Film Festival

  • Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm
    Laemmle Town Center, Encino
  • Sponsored by CSUN Jewish Studies Program
  • In partnership with the Consulate General of Argentina


The Great Dictator

Comedy/USA/1940/125 minutes

Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplain and Norman Lloyd

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After dedicated service in the Great War, a Jewish barber (Charlie Chaplin) spends years in an army hospital recovering from his wounds, unaware of the simultaneous rise of fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin) and his anti-Semitic policies. When the barber, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Hynkel, returns to his quiet neighborhood, he is stunned by the brutal changes and recklessly joins a beautiful girl (Paulette Goddard) and her neighbors in rebelling.  

  • Sunday, April 30, 4:15 pm
    Laemmle Town Center, Encino
  • Q&A with actor Norman Lloyd, moderated by Stan Taffel, Chaplin expert and founder of Cinecon


  • Sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilmember, Paul Koretz and the Department of Cultural Affairs

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Documentary/USA/2016/94 minutes
Directed by Daniel Raim
Executive Produced by Danny DeVito
With Mel Brooks, Danny DeVito, Frances Ford Coppola

MARVIN PAIGE HOLLYWOOD LEGACY AWARD presented to Lillian Michelson


Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson, were a talented couple once considered the heart of Hollywood. Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of iconic films during Hollywood’s golden age, including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket and more. “No one had a Rolodex like Lillian!” Although the couple were responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited.

  • Monday, May 1, 7:30 pm
    Laemmle Town Center, Encino
  • Q&A with Lillian Michelson and Director Daniel Raim


Hotel Everest
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Documentary/USA/Israel/2017/38 minutes

Directed by Claudia Sobral

In Israel and Palestine, the road to peace is a steep climb. How do you overcome decades of fear and bloodshed? How do you combat current events that tear both sides even farther apart? For two activists, one Israeli and one Palestinian, the challenges seem insurmountable, and yet they try to see and understand the humanity in “the other”, forge connections that promote empathy, understanding and, in their wildest hopes, Peace. Hotel Everest is their story. From the Producer/Director of the Ghosts of the Third Reich.

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11 Minutes
Los Angeles Premiere!
Short Drama/Israel/2016/19 minutes

Directed by Hagai Adoriann
Hebrew with English subtitles

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A military ambulance is called to evacuate a seriously wounded young soldier and bring him to a helicopter pad where he will be taken to hospital. Aboard the ambulance is a staff of three young soldiers, one of whom is Karen, a young female paramedic on her first tour of duty. Faced with life and death decisions in the ambulance, Karen will either succeed in bringing her emotions and fears under control — or fail, and be responsible for the death of a fellow soldier.

  • Monday, May 1, 7:30 pm
    Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
  • Q&A with director Claudia Sobral moderated by Chazzan Danny Maseng, MAKOM LA


Hummus! the Movie
Documentary/Israel/US/Germany/Canada/2016/70 minutes
Directed by Oren Rosenfeld
English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles


Three Israelis from very different backgrounds are brought together by their love for a common dietary staple: hummus. Jalil, a young Christian-Arab from Ramla who has taken over his family’s hummus restaurant, struggles with the urge to forge his own path. Eliyahu is a former dread-headed vagrant turned Hasidic Jew, who opens a chain of successful kosher hummus restaurants. Suheila, the only woman to own her own business in the Arab market, has won the Golden Pita Award for Best Hummus, beating ten men for the title. Weaving together their stories, director Oren Rosenfeld tastefully demonstrates how food can positively affect our culture—and is even able to transcend religious and political divides.

  • Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 pm
    Laemmle Town Center, Encino
  • Q&A with Executive chef Ofir Arbel of the Hummus Bar & Grill, Tarzana,                                                              moderated by Eitan Arom of Jewish Journal


  • Sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel, Gelson’s Markets and CSUN Jewish Studies Program

West Coast Premiere!
Drama/USA/Israel/2017/81 minutes
Co-written and Directed by Joshua Weinstein
Co-written and Produced
Alex Lipschultz
Menashe Lustig
Yiddish with English subtitles 

Critics’ Pick! Debuted at the famed Sundance and Berlinale Film Festivals!

Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial.  Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent. 

Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community. 

  • Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 pm
    Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills
  • Q&A with director Joshua Weinstein and Rob Adler Peckerar, Director of Yiddishkayt
  • In partnership with Yiddishkayt


Los Angeles Premiere!
Romantic Comedy/the Netherlands/2016/91 minutes
Directed by Job Gosschalk
Dutch with English subtitles


It is Hanukkah evening and everything is the way it has always been for Moos. Except one thing: her long time childhood friend, Sam, has arrived as a surprise guest from Israel. With Sam back, Moos realizes her life has been on hold and she needs to follow her own dreams. To everyone’s surprise, she auditions for the academy of performing arts. Despite the encouragement from the handsome singing teacher Chris, Moos quickly learns that not everybody is as receptive to her talents and she might need an option B. Meanwhile, Sam starts to realize his feelings for Moos may not have faded over the years. 

  • Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm
    Laemmle Music Hall Beverly Hills
  • Introduction by Vera Kuipers, Sr. Policy Officer Press & Cultural Department of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands


  • Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands
  • In partnership with Holland Hollywood Connection


My Friend Ed

Los Angeles Premiere!
Documentary/USA/2016/56 minutes

Directed by Sharon Baker
With Elliott Gould, Paul Rudd, Valerie Harper, Betty White, Ed Begley Jr. and more!



Ed Asner is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, delighting audiences of all ages, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant to Elf and Up. But he’s also an all-American activist who refuses to budge on his ideals, no matter what anyone thinks. Beneath the tough skin of this crotchety crusader lies the heart of a true warrior for justice.

  • Wednesday, April 26
  • 7:15 pm – Doors Open for Red Carpet, Dessert Reception
  • 8:00 pm – Program begins
    Ahrya Fine Arts Theater Beverly Hills
  • Award presentation includes appearances with special guests, Valerie Harper, Ed Begley Jr., Sharon Gless, Peter Jason and Ruby Modine!

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Super Sex
Los Angeles Premiere!
Comedy/USA/2016/8 minutes

Directed by Matthew Modine
Starring Ed Asner, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins and Ruby Modine


Super Sex tells the story of a pair of siblings (Kevin Nealon and Elizabeth Perkins) trying to figure out what to get their father (Ed Asner) for his 86th birthday. After going through a list of options, the pair opt for a gift their father will never forget…Super Sex!


Second screening of My Friend Ed

  • Thursday, April 27, 7:30 pm
  • Laemmle Town Center, Encino
  • Q&A with producer Liza Asner & Matthew Asner


My Hero Brother
Los Angeles Premiere!
Documentary/Israel/2016/78 minutes
Directed by Yonatan Nir
Hebrew with English subtitles


A group of remarkable young people with Down syndrome embarks on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas, accompanied by their “normal” brothers and sisters. Unresolved conflicts and the complexities of growing up with a Down syndrome child in the family come to surface, while a heart-warming and special closeness develops among the siblings as they deal with formidable physical and emotional challenges. The difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India, open new horizons and greatly deepen our understanding of special needs people and their families. Directed by Yonatan Nir (Beyond the Boundaries, cinematographer of Dolphin Boy).

Best Documentary Film Award and the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  • Sunday, April 30, 2:30 pm
    Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills
  • Panel discussion to follow with Michelle Wolf of JLA Special Needs Trust
  • In partnership with the JLA Special Needs Trust


The Origin of Violence
Los Angeles Premiere!
Drama/France/Germany/2016/110 minutes
Directed by Élie Chouraqui
Starring Richard Berry, Stanley Weber, César Chouraqui

French and German with English subtitles


During a school trip to Germany, a young Catholic teacher stumbles upon a picture of a Jewish prisoner in Buchenwald who bears a striking resemblance to his own father. His discovery prompts him to look into his family’s past, and the secrets he uncovers calls into question everything he thought he knew about them, and himself. A memorable and expertly handled drama from veteran French-Jewish filmmaker Élie Chouraqui (screenwriter “O Jerusalem” LAJFF 2007.)

  • Sunday, April 30, 7:30 pm
    Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills
  • Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany



Restoring Tomorrow 
Los Angeles Premiere!
Documentary/USA/2017/76 minutes
Directed by Aaron Wolf
Produced by Tim Nuttall


Filmmaker Aaron Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in Restoring Tomorrow, the extraordinary story of a treasured local temple near demise, saved by a community determination to achieve the impossible. Wolf’s journey explores how when any community puts their mind to it, the impossible becomes possible. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Los Angeles treasure built by the original Hollywood moguls, needs to raise millions to restore its majesty and vibrancy, thus also restoring the future of the Jewish community, the greater Los Angeles community and on a personal level, Wolf himself.

  • Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 pm
  • Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, Beverly Hills
  • Q&A with Rabbi Steve Leder and director Aaron Wolf
  • With iconic LA architect, Brenda Levin and special guests!!


Taste of the Fest: (a special international “sampler” of short films!)
Short films are an increasingly popular art form. But a really good short is rare. A mix of vibrant storytelling, this exceptional collection highlights very Jewish and personal stories. 

The Wig Shop 
Narrative Short/USA/2016/15 minutes

Co-written and Directed by Kat Coiro
Co-written and Produced by Jessica Neuman

Inspired by events in co-writer and producer Jessica Neuman’s life, Wig Shop is an atypical story of female empowerment. Chaya (Emily Mortimer, Newsroom, Lars and the Real Girl), ‎an orthodox Jewish women from a strict, patriarchal society decides to take a huge step towards figuring out what is happening in marriage. She visits a wig shop on the other side of town. At first on edge because of her new surroundings, Chaya lets down her guard when she is quickly befriended by the shop owner Tippy (Adina Porter) only to discover that nothing is as it seems.

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An Old Score 
Narrative Short /Israel/2016/20 minutes

Directed by Naor Meningher
Hebrew with English subtitles


In Tel Aviv of the 1950’s Tzvi is a police detective responsible for interrogating “kapos” – Jews accused of assisting the Nazis during the Holocaust. Tzvi investigates the case of Yehiel Ingster, suspected of having been an extremely cruel and sadistic kapo. But as Tzvi begins to interrogate him, doubts arise and nothing seems certain anymore.

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Dramatic Short/Russia/2016/37 minutes

Directed by Konstantin Fam
Russian with English subtitles 

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A loyal German Shepherd puppy, Brutus grows up in a happy family and loves his mistress. When the war breaks out, pets are confiscated from their Jewish owners. Brutus, as a watchdog is taken to a concentration camp where the psychological manipulation and training turns a harmless and protective pet into a killer. The events are witnessed through the dog’s eyes.

  • Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm
  • Congregation Beth Shalom of Santa Clarita


Taste of the Fest: Part II (with Café Europa)

Pirate Captain Toledano
World Premiere!
Narrative Short/USA/2017/10 minutes
Directed by Arnon Z. Shorr

Pirate Captain Toledano interrogates a stowaway, a refugee from the Spanish Inquisition. The lad wants to become a pirate to plunder Spanish ships. The Captain must decide whether to make the stowaway a pirate, or to make him walk the plank.

Our Hebrews
US Premiere!
Documentary Short /Israel/2016/22 minutes

Directed by Naor Meningher
Hebrew, Italian with English subtitles

‘Little Jerusalem’, that is how the locals refer to the town of Pitigliano in southern Tuscany, because of its striking resemblance to Israel’s ancient city. Through the medieval stone walls, the fascinating story of 400 years of harmonic co-existence between Jews and Christians is told for the first time, leading to the heroic acts done by the locals during the time of the Holocaust.

When A Flame Stands Still
Narrative Short/USA/2016/18 minutes

Directed by Michael Canon
Yiddish, German with English subtitles

As the love between a young Jewish couple gets warmer, the heat of the Holocaust rises… and as their touch gets closer, so does the Gestapo.

 Tuesday, May 2, 12:30 pm National Center of Jewish Women

  •   Community Partner: Café Europa
  •   Sponsored by Chana and Phil Bell in honor of Sophie and Max Lazar


Train to Zakopané
World Premiere!

Drama/USA/2017/104 minutes
Written and Directed by Henry Jaglom
Produced by Ron Vignone
Starring Tanna Frederick and Mike Falkow


Train to Zakopané is true love story that lays bare how compassion and intolerance can, even in the most unusual of circumstances, be one. Written and directed from his long-running play by Henry Jaglom and adapted for film together with producer/editor Ron Vignone, the film reveals humanity in the most unlikely of places—prejudice. The film is based on true events that occurred in the life of Henry Jaglom’s father as he crossed Poland on a train in 1928. Anti-Semitism was, at that time, rife in much of Europe, especially in Poland. In Train to Zakopané, a successful young Russian businessman meets a captivating nurse in the Polish army on a train-trip to Warsaw and is faced with a life-changing dilemma when he discovers that the nurse he is drawn to—and who is enchanted by him—is fiercely anti-Semitic. Will he reveal to her he is Jewish? Will he move toward love, or will he move toward revenge? The actual train-ride across Poland—and the weekend stopover in the resort town of Zakopané that followed—haunted Henry Jaglom’s father for a lifetime.
  • Saturday, April 29, 8:00
    Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills
  •  Q&A with Henry Jaglom and cast moderated by David Suissa, President of the Jewish Journal


Voices of Hope: LAMOTH Student Film Program
Shorts/2016-2017/70 minutes
Multiple directors

Photography at Milken

Student filmmakers make you think. These are the inspiring stories told through the lens of a new generation. A mix of vibrant storytelling — including fiction, documentary, drama and comedy, this exceptional collection highlights very Jewish and personal stories told through the eyes of students citywide and nationwide.  Join us as we celebrate young filmmakers at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for the Voices of Hope: LAMOTH Student Film Showcase.

  • Sunday, April 30, 12:00 pm
    Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Sponsored by Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Community Partner: Jewish World Watch


The Wedding Plan
Los Angeles Premiere!
Romantic Comedy/Drama/Israel/2016/110 minutes
Directed by Rama Burshtein / Starring Noa Kooler and Oz Zehavi
Hebrew with English subtitles


Director Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void) bring a new delightful story of hope and perseverance. At 32, Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother and sister look on with trepidation.

Winner of the 2016 Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards at the Israeli Film Academy (Ophirs) and Official Selection 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

  • Thursday, April 27, 7:30 pm
    Laemmle Music Hall Beverly Hills
  • Q&A with director Rama Burshtein, moderated by Naomi Pfefferman-Magid, Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Jewish Journal
  • Sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel 
  • Community Partner: MorningStar Commission
  • Courtesy of Roadside Attractions


The Women’s Balcony
Back By Popular Demand!
Comedy/Drama/Israel/2016/96 minutes
Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon
Hebrew with English subtitles


Israel’s #1 Film of the Year! An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted comedy. Awash with Jerusalem’s distinctive glow, The Women’s Balcony is a warm, poignant portrait of a modern community struggling to balance protocol with practical, progressive values – at once rebellious and respectful in spirit.

  • Sunday, April 30, 7:30 pm
    Temple Israel of Hollywood
  • Sponsored by Temple Israel of Hollywood


Zuzana: Music is Life!
Los Angeles Premiere!
Documentary/USA/2016/83 minutes
Directed by Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels
English and Czech with English subtitles


This is the triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, now 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia after surviving three concentration camps. Zuzana story is remarkable not just because she returned to Czechoslovakia after the war to fulfill her childhood dream of a career in music; but also in how she navigated Communist and anti-Semitic persecution at home, while becoming a tour-de-force in concerts and competitions worldwide. After the fall of Communism in 1989, Zuzana and her husband, famed Czech composer Viktor Kalabis, worked tirelessly to bring musical education to people throughout the Czech Republic. They are widely credited with helping create Prague’s reputation as a musical city.

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Now or Later
Los Angeles Premiere!
Short comedy/USA/2017/10 minutes
Written and Directed by Mara Kassin
Starring Mara Kassin and
Matthew Murumba


Elise (Mara Kassin), a Hasidic woman and Mike (Matthew Murumba, Law & Order), an African American man start an unlikely relationship on Shabbat. 

  • Q&A with actor Matthew Murumba
  • Sunday, April 30, 11:00 am, Laemmle Playhouse, Pasadena      
  • Sponsored by Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center