Houston Jewish Film Festival Inspires, Entertains, Educates

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Posted by: Andrea Wolfe, Arts & Culture Program Coordinator

The 15th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival is right around the corner, and we have many exciting and entertaining Jewish and Israeli films from around the world to share with you. Clear your calendars from March 30-April 10, 2019 as we have over 19 award-winning films, and you won’t want to miss a single one!

We kicked off the Festival with a Sneak Preview Night this past Tuesday, with a screening of The Land of Milk and Funny. Comedian Avi Liberman, who grew up in Houston, performed to a sold out crowd prior to the screening and gave a Q&A afterwards. Liberman entertained the crowd with his stories of growing up Jewish in Houston and shared his humorous experiences of bringing American comedians to Israel.

Opening Night: A Bag of Marbles

A Bag of MarblesOur Opening Night film this year is a beautiful French film, A Bag of Marbles. The film is based on Joseph Joffo’s memoir, Un Sac de Billes, and tells the amazing true story of two young Jewish brothers in German-occupied France who are forced to fend for themselves to survive the enemy invasion. Our Opening Night festivities will kick off on March 30 at 7:30 PM at the J and the film will show in the Kaplan Theatre at 8:30 PM.

HJFF Museum Day

The Last SuitThe HJFF has a new partner this year in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and we will be teaming up with our long-standing partner, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to present our HJFF Museum Day on March 31!

Start your day in the museum district with Redemption. Stick around the MFAH because at 3:00 PM you can then see The Last Suit.

AnthraxGrab a bite to eat, then head to the Houston Museum of Natural Science at 6:00 PM and check out Anthrax on the Wortham Giant Screen Theater.

This is the harrowing tale of soldiers who were given a vaccine against the anthrax bacterium and the disastrous side effects that ensued.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading HomeIf you are a baseball fan, you won’t want to miss Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. This film is an exciting documentary about Team Israel’s underdog journey of competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel.

We love it so much we are going to show it in two locations around Houston! The first showing will be in West Houston at the Houston Community College Spring Branch Campus on Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 PM in collaboration with Congregation Or Ami and Temple Sinai, and the second showing is on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 PM at the J.

Who Will Write Our History

Who Will Write Our History

One of the can’t miss Festival highlights this year is Who Will Write Our History, which was written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman. Although online ticket sales have ended for the April 3 screening, we invite you to join us on April 5 at 1:00 PM for an additional screening.

Who Will Write Our History tells the story of a band of clandestine archivists of the Warsaw Ghetto, led by historian Emanuel Ringleblum, known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, who feared that unless Jews wrote their own history, the Germans would write it for them. The documentary features the voices of three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody. 

Closing Night: Mr. and Mrs. Adelman

Mr. and Mrs. AdelmanThe Festival will conclude on April 10 at 7:00 PM at the J with French film Mr. and Mrs. Adelman. For more than 45 years, Sarah and Victor have been together. How did they do it? Who's really Sarah, this enigmatic woman who's always been on the shadow of her husband? Nicolas Bedos directs and stars in this film about love, ambition and secrets that feed this unusual couple's odyssey.

Festival chair Nada Chandler stated that “for 15 years, this Festival has brought Jewish and Israeli films to Houston, films that we might not otherwise have the opportunity to see in our home city.” This year’s lineup has something for everyone and we hope to see everyone at the movies.

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Category: Arts and Culture