For a quarter of a century, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has celebrated Jewish culture through film, bringing an exciting lineup of films to Arizona, honoring Jewish traditions and heritage. Their 25th Anniversary will not be any different, except this year it will include three extra days of screenings and take place in the comfort of one’s own home! From Feb. 14 through March 3, 2021, the 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will screen films showcasing the best of Jewish life, history and heritage. This year, due to ongoing health and safety concerns, the film festival, normally held in three cities across the Valley, will be held entirely online.
Currently the longest-running film festival in the Valley, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 25th year by presenting more great films that make their festival even bigger and better – hours upon hours of Jewish cinema from dozens of different countries! Rejoice in this annual crowd-pleasing event with more than 30 feature-length and short films ranging from defiance and struggle to fun and adventure to laughter and love, with something for everyone and stories that engage both mind and heart. Via just about any device, computer, or Smart TV, the audience can travel from the beaches and shuks of Israel to the sound stages of Hollywood, from the snowy forests of Norway to the announcers’ booth at Yankee Stadium; from an operating room in modern-day Italy to the cobblestone back alleys of wartime France.
Using innovative technologies, the virtual festival will allow participants to easily build a flexible, customized schedule to see every film on the schedule. Post-film interviews with filmmakers and experts on the films’ subjects will be held seamlessly after many screenings.
GPJFF Co-Executive Director Jerry Mittelman is excited about this milestone festival. “The festival has been of great value to the Valley, and the proof is the amazing attendance growth over this span of time. We are proud that we have been able to handpick films the audiences love; films from around the world that tell of Jewish life, history and culture, all of significance not only to Jewish audiences, but to the community at large,” says Jerry. “Although the film festival will be virtual this year, our all-volunteer non-profit organization has been working hard with new technology to fit all the gears, levers, and wheels together to make this year even more successful than last! But we cannot wait until we are all back together again once it’s safe again.”
As a show of gratitude towards the Valley community’s support of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, a free screening of the documentary, “Shared Legacies,” will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 pm to coincide with Black History Month. The documentary explores crucial historical lessons of African-American and Jewish cooperation while fighting blatant bias and racism.
The 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14 through Wednesday, March 3, 2021
TICKET PRICES: $12 for individual film; $180 Festival Pass (see all films once)
Viewers will have 72 hours from the posted time to begin to watch, and 48 hours from when they start the film to complete viewing, with the ability to pause, rewind and even switch devices within the house, over the 48 hours.
INFORMATION: Visit gpjff.org
SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Drama / Thriller – (Great Britain) 99 minutes, English
Murder, mystery and espionage occur in a pre-World War II English finishing school attended by German daughters of influential Nazi families in SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT, starring Eddie Izzard and Academy-Award winners Dame Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent.
THE UNTAMEABLE KIRK DOUGLAS
Documentary – (USA) 60 minutes, English
THE UNTAMEABLE KIRK DOUGLAS pays loving and touching tribute to the life and career of the famous Jewish-American actor.
THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU
Drama – (USA) 95 minutes, English
In THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU, a family remembers the death of their journalist son while being confronted with old hurts and dark secrets.
Drama – (USA) 116 minutes, English
Set against the enchanting backdrop of 1960’s Brooklyn, EXTRA INNINGS tells the story of a young man caught between pursuing his dream of playing baseball and staying devoted to his Syrian Jewish family.
THE END OF LOVE
Drama – (France) 90 minutes, Hebrew & French w/ English subtitles
THE END OF LOVE is an up-close exploration around Skype communication and a frustrated love story.
Drama – (Israel) 107 minutes, English & Hebrew w/ English subtitles
HUNTING ELEPHANTS is a heartwarming caper comedy, starring Sir Patrick Stewart, about a precocious teen conspiring with three senior citizens to rob a bank to save his mother’s house.
HERB ALPERT IS…
Documentary – (USA) 113 minutes, English
HERB ALPERT IS… an enthralling portrait of the legendary Jewish trumpeter, artist, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Drama / Fantasy – (Israel) 90 minutes, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
In ABULELE, a young boy grieving from the loss of his brother, discovers a mythical creature living in his building.
BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM: THE STORY OF ROY COHN
Documentary – (USA) 98 minutes, English
BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM: THE STORY OF ROY COHN takes a closer look at the controversial lawyer and fixer who is remembered as one of the most vilified lawyers of the 20th Century.
Drama – (Israel) 97 minutes, English & Hebrew w/ English subtitles
FLAWLESS centers on three Israeli 17-year-old girls as they navigate the murky waters of high school using razor-sharp wit to shield their vulnerabilities.
Comedy – (USA) 105 minutes, English
In GOODBYE, COLUMBUS, the Festival’s “Flashback Film” starring Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw, romance blossoms between a bookish guy from humble roots and a free-spirited girl from a wealthy family.
Documentary – (USA) 83 minutes, English
GLICKMAN is the triumphant story of a Jewish sprinter who overcame anti-Semitism to become one of the most famous sports broadcasters of all time.
Documentary – (Israel/USA) 85 minutes, English & Hebrew w/ English subtitles
In BREAKING BREAD, Arab and Jewish chefs transcend differences over mouthwatering dishes at the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival in Haifa, Israel.
YOU ONLY DIE TWICE
Documentary – (Israel) 88 minutes, Hebrew, English, German and Serbo-Croatian w/ English subtitles
In YOU ONLY DIE TWICE, a filmmaker-turned-detective sets out on a personal and historical journey to uncover the true identity behind the man who stole his grandfather’s identity.
OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES
Documentary – (USA) 75 minutes, English
Via London, Versailles, and social media, OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form.
A CALL TO SPY
Drama – (USA) 124 minutes, English
When winning World War II seemed hopeless, one group of extraordinary women changed the course of history forever in A CALL TO SPY.
Drama – (Czech Republic) 135 minutes, Czech w/ English subtitles
SHADOW COUNTRY is a unique account of life in a divided border town in years before, during and just after the World War 2, which saw a small community of decent people sacrificed to political ideologies.
Documentary – (USA) 85 minutes, English
ON BROADWAY provides a hurly burly ride down the main street of American show business.
JOACHIM PRINZ: I SHALL NOT BE SILENT
Documentary – (USA) 57 minutes, English
JOACHIM PRINZ: I SHALL NOT BE SILENT chronicles the life of a Jewish man whose commitment to social justice propelled him through five decades of civil rights activism.
THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME
Documentary – (USA) 89 minutes, English
THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME spotlights Tamar Manasseh, a transformational figure, community leader and female African American rabbinical student doing her part to stop gun violence in Chicago.
Drama – (Norway) 96 minutes, Norwegian w/ English subtitles
Jewish children on the run in 1942 must get to faraway neutral Sweden in THE CROSSING.
THOU SHALL NOT HATE
Drama – (Italy/Poland) 96 minutes, Italian w/ English subtitles
The surgeon son of a Holocaust survivor begins to doubt his actions of refusing to help an accident victim who is a Neo Nazi in THOU SHALT NOT HATE.
Drama – (Israel) 95 minutes, Hebrew and Russian w/ English subtitles
Amidst a health crisis, a mother and daughter reassess their relationship in ASIA.
HERE WE ARE
Drama – (Israel/Italy) 92 minutes, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
A father and his autistic son embark on a road trip in HERE WE ARE.
Drama – (Israel) 95 minutes, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
NOODLE is a charming film about a young Israeli flight attendant and an abandoned Chinese boy whose lives converge in the most surprising manner.
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT
Drama – (Germany/Switzerland) 110 minutes, German w/ English subtitles
A courageous adventure full of fear and uncertainty, WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT follows a young German-Jewish girl and her family as they navigate unfamiliar lands and cope with the challenges of being refugees.
Drama – (Israel) 90 minutes, English and Hebrew w/ English subtitles
In SUBLET, a journalist visits Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy, and the city’s energy and a new relationship bring him back to life.
Comedy – (Israel) 110 minutes, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
In SKY RAIDERS, a misfit boy and girl secretly repair an antique fighter plane with the help of a grumpy old loner.
A variety of international short films will play before many of the screenings. Please visit gpjff.org for more information.