24th Portland Jewish Film Festival

  • June 15, 2016 — 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.


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The Midnight Orchestra

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

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

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

A Tale of Love and Darkness

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

the kind words

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

Time To Say Goodbye

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

Censored Voices

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

The Last Mentsch

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

P.S. Jerusalem

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 Kindergarten Teacher

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

Fever At Dawn

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.

The Art Dealer

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

Demon 1


Directed by Marcin Wrona

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

NormanLear-Just Another Version of You

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

This is a 1969 photo of one of America's political philosopher and scholar, Hannah Arendt.  (AP Photo)

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


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