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June 16 – June 30, 2013

Welcome to the 21st annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies. While the Festival specifically celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, and identity, we hope that these films and the stories they tell resonate beyond their settings and speak to experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe. Full festival passes are available at

A.K.A Doc Pomus

Directed by Peter Miller, William Hechter

Doc Pomus’s dramatic life is one of American music’s great untold stories, despite his being the only member of the


Directed by Golan Rise

Two young officers at a checkpoint are confronted by two women from a “Watch” organization intent on disruption.

Besa: The Promise

Directed by Rachel Goslins

During World War II, Albanian Muslims provided shelter for thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria. Invoking the

Carrying the Light

Directed by Guy Natanel

A London rabbi makes a spiritual journey on foot from the Frankfurt Synagogue in Germany, where his father was the

Fill the Void

Directed by Rama Burshtein

The winner of Israeli Academy Awards for Best Film and Best Actress, FILL THE VOID is a nuanced portrait of

Gypsy Davy

Directed by Rachel Leah Jones

When an American white boy with Alabama roots becomes a Spanish flamenco guitarist in Andalusian boots, what happens along the

Hava Nagila

Directed by Roberta Grossman

One hundred and fifty years of Jewish history and culture come to life in this joyous exploration of the famous

Let’s Dance!

Directed by Gabriel Bibliowicz

This extraordinary window onto Israeli society explores how the need to move, shift, and be in constant motion has produced

Life in Stills

Directed by Tamar Tal

At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life.

Melting Away

Directed by Doron Eran

The first Israeli feature film to address the issues of transgendered people and their families, MELTING AWAY follows a family

Oma & Bella

Directed by Alexa Karolinski

Oma and Bella are two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and subsequently staying in Germany

Out in the Dark

Directed by Michael Mayer

One night in Tel Aviv, Nimr, a Palestinian student, meets Roy, a young Israeli lawyer, and they fall in love.


Directed by Nadav Lapid

“A boldly conceived drama pivoting on the initially unrelated activities of an elite anti-terrorist police unit and some wealthy young

Portrait of Wally

Directed by Andrew Shea

“Portrait of Wally,” Egon Schiele’s portrait of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in

Stand Up!

Directed by Asi Tzobel

Dudi, a distracted young yeshiva student, secretly dreams of being a stand-up comic, but it’s a secret that may have

The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Directed by Benny Toraty

Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert in THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING

The Divide

Directed by Tzvi Yehuda Herling

A young army officer must choose between his ideals and the reality that his family’s home in a settlement near

The Law in These Parts

Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

A Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival, THE LAW IN THESE PARTS is an unflinching examination of

The Other Son

Directed by Lorraine Lévy

Joseph, an 18-year-old preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in Tel Aviv

The Rabbi’s Daughter

Directed by Racheli Waserman

Racheli Wasserman’s telling of her and her three sisters’ search for different paths than those of their parents.

The World is Funny

Directed by Shemi Zarhin

Blurring fantasy and reality into a multi-layered, tragicomic exploration of past traumas and catharsis, THE WORLD IS FUNNY is now

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.