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26th Portland Jewish Film Festival

  • June 10 – June 24, 2018

Welcome to the 26th 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.

Please join us for a hosted opening night reception in the Portland Art Museum’s André Stevens room. Sunday, June 10 at 5:30pm.

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

Purchase a Festival Pass

Thanks to all of our Festival sponsors:

Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund/Jordan & Arlene Schnitzer

Diane Solomon Family Fund Congregation Neveh ShalomMittleman Jewish Community CenterPJA Proud Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust EducationJ Street Portland

Ruben J. and Elizabeth MenasheCommunity WarehouseCedar Sinai ParkThe Holzman Foundation, Inc.
  Shaarie TorahHavurah ShalomThe Oregon-Israel Fund of the OJCFCarolyn Weinstein – Hasson Realtors

The Lois & Leonard Schnitzer Charitable Fund of the OJCFOregon Jewish Life

A Bag of Marbles

Directed by Christian Duguay

Based on Joseph Joffo's autobiographical memoir, A Bag of Marbles tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes

An Act of Defiance

Directed by Jean van de Velde

In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists, including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters,

Bye Bye Germany

Directed by Sam Garbarski

Garbarski’s film offers a humorous and moving look at Jewish life in postwar Germany. Frankfurt, 1946: David Bermann is a

Foxtrot

Directed by Samuel Maoz

Michael and Daphna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials inform them of the death of their son. Unable to find

Longing

Directed by Savi Gabizon

Ariel, a carefree middle-aged bachelor in Tel Aviv, learns that he and an ex-girlfriend had a son together, and this

Maktub

Directed by Oded Raz

Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, the writers and stars of several Israeli TV mega-hits, play partners in crime in this

Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Directed by Sam Pollard

Singer, dancer, and actor; “Rat Pack” legend; civil rights activist; Jewish convert; and Nixon supporter—the life of Sammy Davis, Jr.

Scaffolding

Directed by Matan Yair

Seventeen-year-old Asher always has been an impulsive troublemaker at school. Although his strict, Sephardic father sees his strapping son as

Shelter

Directed by Eran Riklis

Naomi, a Mossad agent, is sent on an routine mission to babysit a Lebanese informer in Hamburg, Germany, who is

The Ancient Law

Directed by Ewald André Dupont

An important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, Dupont’s film takes on the theme of Jewish assimilation in 19th-century Europe, contrasting

The Cakemaker

Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who frequently visits Berlin. When

The Cousin

Directed by Tzahi Grad

Evoking comparisons to Jordan Peele’s Get Out, The Cousin is a provocative, genre-bending examination of the prejudices latent within Israeli

The Invisibles

Directed by Claus Räfle

In June 1943, Germany infamously declared Berlin “judenfrei”—“free of Jews.” But there were still 7,000 Jews living in the Nazi

The Last Suit

Directed by Pablo Solarz

Abraham Bursztein, an 88-year old Jewish tailor, leaves Buenos Aires for Poland to find the man who saved him from

The Legend of King Solomon

Directed by Albert Hanan Kaminski

In this animated family adaptation of the Biblical story, the young Solomon must save the kingdom of Jerusalem from the

The Testament

Directed by Amichai Greenberg

Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a tense legal battle with an influential family of industrialists