The annual Jewish Film Festival is coming! Consisting of films shot in Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States, the films explore a variety of topics ranging from circumcision, women’s rights, Israeli life, sexual orientation and what it means to be Jewish. Each film is designed to entertain and concurrently evoke emotion and thought.
The lineup, which is comprised of critically acclaimed feature films, documentaries and a wide variety of shorts, gives stage to The Settlers, a full-length movie that examines Jewish life within the West Bank, along with the controversial movement of people within that area. This film is followed by a discussion with Director Shimon Dotan. The movie will be shown on March 24 at 3:15 p.m.
March 25 at 8 p.m. sees the presentation of Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? This movie is an exploration of a homosexual Israeli paratrooper who must confront his religious family in the wake of foreboding news.
March 26 brings the film There Are Jews Here. The film enmeshes viewers into the intimate, tumultuous and emotional lives of Jews living within the borders of the United States. A discussion follows with representatives appearing from within the tri-county area.
March 27 witnesses the conclusion of the event, headlining with the movie Time to Say Goodbye, a German comedy about circumcision!
“The festival exposes us to ideas and life outside of our regular daily routines and gives insight to the present, awareness of the past and inspiration for the future. Whether audience members see just one film, several or the entire spectrum, we hope that they will come away knowing a little more about Jewish identity in 2017. Above all, watching a film surrounded by others who love film and who share a common bond builds community and is an experience unique to a film festival,” states Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival Co-chair Mashey Bernstein. The New Vic Theatre (33 W. Victoria St.) hosts the Jewish Film Festival from March 23 until March 27.
A full movie list, tickets and more information can be found on The Jewish Film Festival’s website. Come indulge in a collection of community, entertainment and emotion!