25th Portland Jewish Film Festival

  • June 11, 2017 — June 25, 2017

Welcome to the 25th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies. While the Festival celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, identity, and filmmaking, we hope that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

General Admission: $10, Senior/Student/PAM Member: $9

Patron Pass

1945

Directed by Ferenc Török

When two Orthodox Jews arrive at the train station of a small, rural community in 1945, the villagers must face

A Grain of Truth

Directed by Borys Lankosz

Once the star of the Warsaw prosecutor’s office, Teodor Szacki, has retired to a small town to start a new

Aida’s Secrets

Directed by Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz

In this sweeping international story that begins in World War II and concludes in an emotional family reunion seven decades

Beyond the Mountains and Hills

Directed by Eran Kolirin

Nominated for six Israeli Academy awards, including Best Picture, this film by writer-director Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit) weaves several

Big Sonia

Directed by Leah Warshawski

Big Sonia explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations. One of the

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Directed by Robert Philipson

The story of Body and Soul, one of the most recorded songs in the Great American Songbook and a jazz

Fanny’s Journey

Directed by Lola Doillon

Based on an autobiographical novel by Fanny Ben-Ami, Fanny’s Journey tells the story of a heroic young girl in World

Harmonia

Directed by Ori Sivan

A contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, Harmonia presents a poignant metaphor for the contemporary

In Between

Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud

Maysaloun Hamoud’s striking feature debut chronicles the lives of three Palestinian-Israeli women sharing an apartment in the vibrant heart of

Menashe

Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein

Deep in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe—a kind, hapless grocery store clerk—struggles to make ends

Moon in the 12th House

Directed by Dorit Hakim

Sisters Mira and Lenny, separated at youth by traumatic circumstances, are young women when they meet again. The older and

Moos

Directed by Job Gosschalk

Set in a tight-knit Jewish community in Amsterdam, Moos is an endearing comedy about following your far-fetched dreams. 20-something Moos

Natasha

Directed by David Bezmozgis

Sixteen-year-old slacker Mark is the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants in the suburbs of Toronto. When his uncle enters into an

Past Life

Directed by Avi Nesher

Nesher’s (The Matchmaker, The Wonders) moving film confronts a trauma and burden of history that is still part of the

Strange Fruit

Directed by Joel Katz

While many people assume Strange Fruit was written by Billie Holiday, it actually began as a poem by a Jewish

The Settlers

Directed by Shimon Dotan

The Settlers traces the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War. While government leaders

The Women’s Balcony

Directed by Emil Ben Shimon

Emil Ben Shimon’s feature debut is a comical feminist narrative about finding the right path to happiness and the subjectivity

To Be Or Not To Be

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Like Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, Lubitsch’s film was widely criticized upon release for trying to find laughs in Hitler’s assault