Press Release

12th Houston Jewish Film Festival
Monday, February 15, 2016
by M Groogan

12th Houston Jewish Film Festival

Houston, TX –Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents the 12th Houston Jewish Film Festival March 5-20, 2016. The festival showcases the best Jewish and Israeli films from around the world. Screenings will be held at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH), Sundance Cinemas, and Congregation Beth Jacob in Galveston. This year’s festival is comprised of 27 films over 16 days, and presents current documentary and feature films with meaningful Jewish or Israeli content.

            The festival opens on March 5 with The Man in the Wall, a psychological thriller set entirely during one night in one apartment in Tel Aviv which draws the audience into one woman’s crisis and into her marriage until the very twisted end. Festival highlights include Israel’s submission to the Oscars, Baba Joon, a tender tale of a generational divide through a traditional Iranian family, and Sabena Hijacking: My Version, a docudrama which recounts the dramatic events of May 8, 1972 of the hijacking of the Vienna-to-Tel Aviv Sabena flight 571 by four armed Palestinian terrorists. Other highlights include: Remember, a thriller starring Christopher Plummer as a dementia stricken Holocaust survivor out for revenge; Fauda, a fast-paced Israeli political action TV drama brings the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to life; Closing Night film, Dough, stars Jonathan Pryce as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice.

            Several special screenings are part of this year’s Festival, including an Afternoon of Short Films on Sunday, March 6 featuring seven short films of various topics ranging from comedies to moving dramas. Women’s Night on Wednesday, March 16 features A La Vie, the story of three women, Auschwitz survivors, who meet again in 1962 at a seaside resort in France. Chair’s Choice Night this year will feature HJFF Chair John Dreyfus’ favorite Jewish film, Everything is Illuminated, the 2005 drama starring Elijah Wood on Wednesday, March 9. Get Cultured, the J’s arts and culture events for young adults will have an exclusive screening of Atomic Falafel at Sundance Cinemas on Thursday, March 10. Two films will be shown on Saturday evening, March 19: The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, a documentary about the Nobel Prize-winning Yiddish author told by his harem of translators, and Wedding Doll, the sensitive and poignant story of a mentally disabled but strong-willed young Israeli woman who struggles for independence. Director Asaf Galay will be in attendance and will introduce The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer and lead a post film Q&A. A lounge-like atmosphere will be open in between the films with drinks and dessert to make it a fun Saturday night out. New to HJFF this year, a film screening will take place in Galveston as the Festival partners with Congregation Beth Jacob to present Dough for the Galveston community.

The 12th Houston Jewish Film Festival is chaired by John Dreyfus. Films are selected by a dedicated film committee. HJFF 2016 is comprised of 32 screenings with 27 different titles at five different locations including the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, 5601 S. Braeswood, MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet Street, HMH, 5401 Caroline Street, Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Avenue, and Congregation Beth Jacob, 2401 Avenue K in Galveston. For the complete line-up and ticket info visit or call Amy Rahmani at 713-595-8197.

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