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June 15 – June 29, 2016

Welcome to the 24th 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 universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Oregon Israel Fund of OJCF; Oregon Jewish Life Magazine; Leonard & Lois Schnitzer Charitable Supporting Fund of OJCF; Diane Solomon, Family fund; Cedar Sinai Park; Schnitzer CARE Foundation; Reuben & Liz Menashe; Carolyn Weinstein, Hasson Realtors; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Community Warehouse; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Portland Jewish Academy; Holzman Foundation; JStreet; German Consulate; Jewish Family & Child Services and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education; Cong. Neveh Shalom, Cong. Shaarie Torah, Jim and Susan Winkler, and Margulis Jewelers.

Download a printable PDF of the Festival schedule

Want a Festival Pass? Join the Silver Screen Club at the Supporter level or above and bring along a guest for free!


A Tale of Love and Darkness

Directed by Natalie Portman

Based on Amos Oz’s acclaimed international bestseller, A Tale of Love and Darkness recounts the time Oz spent with his

Censored Voices

Directed by Mor Loushy

The Six-Day War in 1967 ended with a stunning victory for Israeli military forces against neighboring countries Egypt, Syria, and


Directed by Marcin Wrona

Things quickly get out of hand at a Polish wedding when the groom appears to have been possessed by a

Fever at Dawn

Directed by Péter Gárdos

July, 1945. Miklos is a twenty-five-year-old Hungarian who has survived the camps and has been brought to Sweden to convalesce.

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Directed by Roger Sherman

“If hummus and falafel are the only things that come to mind when you think about Israeli food, then this

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachael Grady

Norman Lear is arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television. His legendary 1970s TV

Once in a Lifetime

Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne is determined to give the best education she can to

P.S. Jerusalem

Directed by Danae Elon

P.S. Jerusalem is the story of one family in search of home. After living in New York City for two

The Art Dealer

Directed by François Margolin

When her art dealer husband brings home a ravishing 18th century painting, Esther, a journalist, thinks nothing of it until

The Kind Words

Directed by Shemi Zarhin, Sasson Gabai

Embittered, spiky-tempered restaurateur Dorona and her two very dissimilar brothers receive a bombshell when they learn the man who raised

The Kindergarten Teacher

Directed by Nadav Lapid

In this ambitious tale about the human drive to create, Nadav Lapid subverts the traditional teacher-student relationship, warping it from

The Last Mentsch

Directed by Pierre-Henry Salfati

Marcus Schwarz has spent a lifetime concealing his Jewish heritage. After surviving the horrors of Auschwitz, he has painstakingly created

The Midnight Orchestra

Directed by Jerome Cohen Olivar

Michael Abitbol, the son of a once famous Jewish musician, returns to Casablanca for the first time after leaving Morocco

Time to Say Goodbye

Directed by Viviane Andereggen

Twelve-year-old Simon has a lot to deal with. His life in Hamburg has him traveling back and forth like a

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Directed by Ada Ushpiz

The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the "Banality of

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.