LAJFF presents an exclusive one-time-only
Screening Event!

“Carpati: 50 Miles,
50 Years”
Brought to you by the director of
“THE LAST KLEZMER”, Yale Strom!

Sunday, December 11, 2022
10:00 am
Laemmle Royal Theater
 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA

EXCLUSIVE Q&A in-person with
director Yale Strom!

BONUS** Screening accompanied by
LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE!

Tickets $13

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Synopsis: CARPATI: 50 MILES, 50 YEARS focuses on ZEV GODINGER, a Jewish ice cream man of the Carpathian Mountains, an ordinary Jew who has a special friendship with his Rom (Gypsy) neighbors. In 1931 the Jewish community of the Carpathian region numbered a quarter of a million Jews. Today there are fewer than 1,500. Zev lives in Beregovo, only 50 miles from his birthplace. He had not returned since he was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. Now, Zev makes the journey home not only to revisit his childhood memories but to bring a Torah to his boyhood synagogue. This a documentary about this man: a musician, historian and storyteller. It also explores the common situation of both Gypsies and Jews in the region. Zev’s experiences and unique insights are representative of the rich Jewish culture that once thrived in the Carpathian Mountains. Directed by Yale Strom. Produced by David Notowitz and Yale Strom.

 

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“The War on Women’s
Reproductive Freedom”

We are officially in The Great Regression – a time in which on issue after issue, we are seeing decades of progress reversed.

Watch this critical Q&A below!

with activists
HEATHER BOOTH,
the founder of the Jane Abortion Collective and
SHEILA KATZ,
CEO of National Council of Jewish Women

MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN!
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE ACTION
AND GET INVOLVED
Help organizations who will help with funding of travel and support to safe states.
NCJW’s fund where 100% of the money will go to help people cross state line and fund abortions.
Send your support to: https://www.jewsforabortionaccess.org/fund

Many orgs. have helplines and funds.
For a list,CLICK HERE

In partnership with National Council of Jewish Women and Women Make Movies


Watch the Q&A here to
“FIDDLER’S JOURNEY to the BIG SCREEN”



Q&A took place at the Museum of Tolerance with Director Daniel Raim, Producer Sasha Berman, Co-Writer Michael Sragow and actress Michele Marsh (played Hodel in the original film!) Moderated by the Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Hilary Helstein.


For those of you who saw the film and missed the Q&A of

“THE AUTOMAT”

Watch below the Q&A on Youtube with director Lisa Hurwitz, moderated by Hilary Helstein of LAJFF

 
Watch trailer below

First-time filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz‘s delightful documentary, THE AUTOMAT, toasts Horn & Hardart’s storied chain of coin-operated automated restaurants, a forgotten piece of American history, featuring Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell and others.
Documentary / 2021 / 79 mins / English


Watch
the pre-recorded Q&A from OUR (almost completely true) STORY with
MARIETTE HARTLEY, JERRY SROKA and director DON SCARDINO!

Click below to watch Q&A

An aging screen legend, tall, famous and classy and a short Jewish out-of work voice actor navigate the LA senior dating scene, in this (mostly) true-life romantic dramedy. Despite their baggage and health crises, as these opposites attract, they find it’s never too late for love. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Los Angeles, this adorable crowd-pleaser is also a love letter to Hollywood, written by Hartley and Sroka and directed by Emmy winner Don Scardino (30 Rock).

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Watch Here the Discussion about
“How ‘HOLOCAUST’ Came to TV” with
Alice Agneskirchner, director/producer
Tovah Feldshuh, actress
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, moderator, Holocaust scholar

At the beginning of 1979,  a dramatized and emotional US television miniseries ensured that the German population was suddenly reminded of the Nazi crimes against the Jews. What was expressed with the unknown word ‘Holocaust’, hit many millions of people in the heart. This was the first time that a major mainstream drama had portrayed the lives of Hitler’s victims. The audience reactions were fierce. Germany has been reassessing how the drama changed the country 40 years ago. Remembrance of the Holocaust and the words “never again” have become key principles of modern Germany’s political identity. Filmmaker Alice Agneskirchner tells the story of this emotional television event, which led to a paradigm shift in the perception of German Nazi crimes. Interviews with the series director Marvin Chomsky, actors Michael Moriarty, Rosemary Harris, Tovah Feldshuh and others.

Read the review from the KFPK film club HERE!

In partnership with


Watch the Q&A for the BROKEN CANDLE
click on the link below and enter password

https://vimeo.com/657709889
Password: Menemsha


It is with great sadness that the LA Jewish Film Festival family comes together to mourn the loss of our dear friend,

ED ASNER
(1929-2021)

He was a cherished friend and participant at LAJFF. Ed, our hearts are heavy. Thank you for your love and deep connection to your Jewish roots and your relentless commitment to fighting for humanity. You were ONE OF A KIND. Your brilliance and wisdom will shine on in your legendary work.

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 26: Ed Asner, Ruby Modine, Hilary Helstein and Matthew Modine attend the Opening Night Gala of the LAJFF 2017 in Los Angeles on April 26, 2017 (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)

If you missed it you can now watch the Tattooed Torah Q&A with Ed Asner here!

Watch a recap of the Q&A with the legendary ED ASNER of The Tattooed Torah. Previously recorded on December 7, 2020 along with director Marc Bennett, producers Melinda Goldrich and Stephen Smith of USC Shoah Foundation. Ed… thank you for your love and deep connection to your Jewish roots and your relentless commitment to fighting for humanity. You were one of a kind and will be deeply missed.

Click on the image below to watch on YouTube
Sponsored by The Goldrich Family Foundation in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation

Watch a promo with filmmakers and cast.
Click on the video below.

 Watch trailer here


“Kenny Scharf:
When Worlds Collide”
A Film by Max Basch & Malia Scharf

Watch the pre-recorded Q&A here

Panelists include

click on the picture to watch the trailer

Synopsis: Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in LA, Kenny Scharf’s quintessential Jewish family placed importance on tradition and middle class values. His parents supported his interest in art from a young age, taking him to visit museums and galleries. When Scharf arrived in New York City in the early 1980s, he quickly befriended Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This trio, amongst the fervent creative bustle of a depressed downtown scene, would soon take the art world by storm. While Basquiat and Haring both died tragically young, Scharf lived through cataclysmic shifts in the East Village as well as the ravages of AIDS and economic depression.

‘When Worlds Collide’ is about the art of fun, about living life out loud, despite setbacks, and about Kenny Scharf’s particular do-it-yourself, high-tone, technicolor artistic vision. The film includes rare archival footage with Scharf and Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and interviews with Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Yoko Ono and others. Scharf currently lives in LA and you can see his murals citywide. His recent exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, MOCA, Pasadena Art Museum, Nassau County Museum of Art in NY and others.
Documentary/USA/77 mins/2020/English

In cooperation with the City of West Hollywood, Nassau County Museum of Art, the Oakwood School and TOTAH Gallery, NYC.


If you missed the Q&A with Senator Cory Booker and others for the film, “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent”, you can see it here!

click on image below to watch
Pre-recorded panel includes:
SENATOR CORY BOOKER
and
Rachel Fisher, Filmmaker
Deborah Prinz,Joachim Prinz’s daughter
Orly Marley, President, Tuff Gong Worldwide
Rabbi Sari Laufer, Stephen Wise Temple

Moderated by

Rabbi Clifford Kulwin,Rabbi Emeritus, Temple
B’nai Abraham
 
Listen to the podcast at link below from

“LA Jewish Film Festival – A Voice from the Past Bringing Jews and Blacks Together”
This program is in partnership with Stephen Wise Temple, Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance, American Jewish Committee, Jewish World Watch and Valley Beth Shalom


If you missed it, watch the Q&A here for:

“THE HUMAN FACTOR”

With Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dror Moreh and
General Michael Herzog, one of the negotiators!



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If you missed it, watch the Q&A here for:

“DETERMINED: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter”

Q&A with filmmaker and Avraham’s daughter, writer/producer/directorDr. KEREN PERLMUTTER, the film’s composer STEVEN CHESNE, and the descendants of the BEIJERS FAMILY (who hid Avraham for over a year in the Netherlands and who were honored as “Righteous Among the Nations”), moderated by renowned Holocaust scholar,
Dr. MICHAEL BERENBAUM.

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THOU SHALT NOT HATE
a drama by Mauro Mancini

Official Selection – Venice International Film Critics’ Week 2020

Watch the exclusive Q&A with renowned actor Alessandro Gassmann and
director Mauro Mancini click below

Click on image below to watch trailer

 Co-presented with Istituto Italiano di Cultura, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

In partnership with Anti-Defamation League and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

 


Special International Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

“MY NAME IS SARA”
Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and in association with USC Shoah Foundation

In partnership with Jewish Journal, American Jewish Committee, LA, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,
and Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Click on the picture below to watch the live Q&A.

Watch trailer below

Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
Co-presented with USC Shoah Foundation
In partnership with Jewish Journal, American Jewish Committee, LA, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple


Watch now the Q&A for
“Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen”
The story of the making of the beloved classic film, “Fiddler on the Roof,” and director Norman Jewison.

click on the pic below to play


Watch now the Q&A with cast and crew for

“STAND!”
Hamilton meets Fiddler on the Roof meets West Side Story” – Reel Chicago

Click on picture below to watch trailer


Watch the “AULCIE” Q&A below

We honored Aulcie Perry for his contributions to combating racial discrimination and to building bridges of understanding between African Americans and Jews and Israelis.

Click here to watch the Q&A webinar

Panelists included (L – R) LAJFF Director Hilary Helstein, Filmmaker Dani Menkin, Consul General of Israel, Dr. Hillel Newman, K.J. Matthews, journalist of the AAFCA, producer Jon Weinbach and Aulcie Perry himself!


In Loving Memory of
RUTH BADER GINSBURG

We  honor her legacy and pay her tribute
Watch the Q&A with JULIE COHEN, acclaimed director of the Academy Award nominated sensation, “RBG”

Click on the picture below to stream the YouTube Q&A

LAJFF conducted a virtual discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Julie Cohen, co-director of the inspiring, Academy Award nominated documentary, “RBG.” She gives an insider’s view of one of the most influential women who ever lived, the heroic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her journey in the making of this film that became a worldwide sensation.

If you have not seen the film, it is available to stream anytime on Hulu, Amazon Prime and other platforms.


THIS Q&A IS A MUST SEE!!
SHARED LEGACIES

In honor of “good trouble” Congressman John Lewis
and Rev. C.T. Vivian

LAJFF made history with this superb Q&A panel with activists and speakers from the film SHARED LEGACIES who came together to discuss the African American-Jewish relationship during the civil rights era and NOW! It included Dr. Shari Rogers, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Gina Belafonte, Dr. Susannah Heschel, Sherry Frank, moderated by Dr. Michael Berenbaum.

Watch by clicking this picture.

Directed by Dr. Shari Rogers


Congratulations to MARIA SCHRADER,
on her Emmy nomination and for the 8 Emmy nominations for the
Netflix series,
“UNORTHODOX”

You can watch the conversation with Ms. Schrader here now! Click the image below.

or on Facebook at:
facebook.com/watch/live

Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
In partnership with the Jewish Journal, Goethe-Institut LA, Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.


Watch it here on Facebook Live
“A Conversation with Actress
TOVAH FELDSHUH”

as she talks about her career and starring role as Golda Meir 


RIP Carl Reiner, the legend!

You were a friend and honoree of LAJFF. We will never forget your wit and wisdom!

Click on the headline to read the full Jewish Journal article.


If you missed the Q&A from
“HEALING INK”
Click on the image below to watch anytime on
Facebook Live !


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Read the article and watch interviews on “Heading Home” below posted by JooTube.


Listen to post film Q&A with ballplayer Cody Decker and Greg Laemmle, owner of Laemmle Theatres.


2019 PRINT SOURCE LIST(click here)


THAT’S A WRAP ON THE 2019 FESTIVAL!

Pictures courtesy of LA Jewish Film Festival and Todd Felderstein


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LAJFF 2018 Photo Gallery

In the news!


Please enjoy the festival’s trailer below.

LAJFF Trailer from Digimoric productions onVimeo.
(Directed by Claudia Sobral, edited by Giovanni Moriconi)