22nd Portland Jewish Film Festival

  • June 15, 2014 — June 29, 2014

Welcome to the 22nd 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: Cedar Sinai Park; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; the Diane Solomon Family Fund; the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; Hasson Realty; Higgins Restaurant; Honest Tea; the Institute for Judaic Studies; the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Joan and Paul Sher; J Street Portland; the Leonard and Lois Schnitzer Supporting Foundation of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; the Oregon Israel Business Alliance; the Oregon Israel Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation; Oregon Jewish Life; Portland Jewish Academy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe. We hope you’ll support PJFF by purchasing a Patron Pass.



Friends from France

Directed by Philippe Kotlarski, Kira Saksaganskaya, Anne Weil

In 1979, a young couple, Carole and Jérôme, go behind the Iron Curtain to Odessa on a vacation to celebrate



Directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski

A gripping psychological thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two estranged brothers, Franek and Josef, who discover a terrible secret


For a Woman

Directed by Diane Kurys

Inspired by her own family history, Kurys’s (Sagan, Peppermint Soda) handsome drama moves between post-World War II France and the


Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Directed by Mike Meyers

Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne's World) makes his directorial debut with this witty, loving tribute to his friend Shep Gordon,



Directed by Hannah Espia

In 2009, the Israeli government passed a new law allowing the children of foreign workers to be deported back to


The Jewish Cardinal

Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen

The Jewish Cardinal tells the gripping, amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007), son of Polish-Jewish immigrants to France, who maintained


Hunting Elephants

Directed by Reshef Levi

Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, Hunting Elephants is a bank heist caper and coming-of-age tale alternately full


The Zigzag Kid

Directed by Vincent Bal

The Zigzag Kid is a stylish, witty, action-packed caper à la The Pink Panther that also touches on more serious themes



Directed by Joseph Green, Konrad Tom

In this early Yiddish “talkie” starring musical queen Molly Picon as “Mamele” (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeps her family



Directed by Eytan Fox

A group of friends in a Tel Aviv suburb gathers to watch “Universong,” a Eurovision-style song contest, trying to forget


The Sturgeon Queens

Directed by Julie Cohen

The Sturgeon Queens visits the four generations who built Russ and Daughters, the Lower East Side New York lox and herring


Before the Revolution

Directed by Dan Shadur

At one time, Israel and Iran had a mutually prosperous political and economic relationship. Israelis living in Tehran enjoyed great


Big Bad Wolves

Directed by Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado

After a girl goes missing in the woods and is later found beheaded, suspicion immediately falls on a timid religious


Hanna’s Journey

Directed by Julia Von Heinz

Hanna’s motives for spending several months in Israel working with disabled youths and elderly Holocaust survivors aren’t exactly noble: a


The Green Prince

Directed by Nada Schirman

“Such an extraordinary story that one is tempted to think it is fiction, if only somebody had the audacity to


The Wonders

Directed by Avi Nesher

This modern-day film noir centers on a bartender who doubles as a graffiti artist in Jerusalem. Arnav enjoys whiling away


The Last of the Unjust

Directed by Claude Lanzmann

In 1975, while making his landmark Holocaust documentary Shoah, Claude Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein. Age 70 and living in exile