Carmel Jewish Film Festival 2018 Films

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Sunday, February 11, 2018: "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel, 4 p.m. film

Free Sneak Preview Film: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem. An Israeli folk-rock superstar uses the power of music to alter political and social realities, and unite musical artists on both sides of the Middle East divide. Tickets for future films and events available.

Saturday, March 3, 2018: "Body and Soul"

Carmel High School Performing Arts Center, 6:30 p.m. Gold reception, 7:30 p.m. film. Q & A with film director Robert Philipson

The story of one of the most popular songs in the jazz repertoire, BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE illustrates the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures.

Documentary / United States / Director: Robert Philipson / 58 minutes / English

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018: "Time to Say Goodbye"

Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove, 7 p.m. film

A lovesick German boy faces the aftermath of losing his family - and a slice of his manhood - in this laugh-out-loud coming of age comedy. A delightful, rapid-fire story of pubescent awkwardness, TIME TO SAY GOODBYE pokes fun at German-Jewish domestic dysfunction with great warmth and humor.

Germany / Director: Viviane Andereggen / 85 minutes / German with English subtitles

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Saturday, March 10, 2018: "The Women's Balcony"

Golden Bough Playhouse, Carmel, 6:30 p.m. Gold reception, 7:30 p.m. film. Panel discussion following film with Rabbi Leah Novick & Joyce Antler

A mishap at a Jerusalem synagogue causes a major rift in a devout community, in THE WOMEN'S BALCONY, a rousing, comical feminist narrative about speaking truth to patriarchal power.

Drama / U.S., Israel / Director: Emil Ben-Shimon / 100 minutes / Hebrew with English sub-titles

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Sunday, March 11, 2018: "1945"

Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove, 3:30 p.m. film

12 August 1945, 11 a.m. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. Within a few hours, everything changes.

Drama / Hungary / Director: Ferenc Torok / 91 minutes / Hungarian with English sub-titles

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018: "Operation Wedding"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel, 7 p.m. film followed by panel and Silver reception.

Operation Wedding is not a film about planning a wedding, it is about a daring escape attempt from the USSR by a group of Soviet Jews who were trapped behind the "Iron Curtain."

Documentary / Israel/Latvia / Director Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov / 63 minutes / Hebrew, English, and Russian with English subtitles

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Saturday, March 17, 2018: Muhi: Generally Temporary

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, 6:30 p.m. Gold reception, 7:30 p.m. film followed by panel discussion.

For the past seven years Muhi, a boy from Gaza has been living in an Israeli hospital, unable to return home. He is saved and raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world.

Documentary / Israel, Germany / Directors: Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman  / 89 minutes / Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

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Sunday, March 18, 2018: "Fanny's Journey"

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, 3:30 p.m. film.

​​A brave, resourceful young girl leads a small band of orphans through Nazi-occupied France in FANNY'S JOURNEY, a coming-of-age drama bristling with suspense and poignancy.

Drama / France / Director: Lola Doillon / 94 minutes / French with English subtitles

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018: An Evening of Short Films

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel, 6:00 p.m. private reception, 7 p.m. films followed by speaker. and Silver reception.

 

CJFF's inaugural event of short films will feature 4 films which will run for a total of 90 minutes.  Descriptions and trailers of THE TRANSFER, TOYLAND, THE LITTLE DICTATOR, and MAYDELEH AND THE PRISONER can be found on the Ticketing page.  A Q & A with the director and lead actor of MAYDELEH AND THE PRISONER will follow the last film.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018: "The Sturgeon Queens"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel, 6:30 p.m. Gold reception, 7:30 p.m. film followed by free dessert reception.

​​A "delectable" documentary about the most famous appetizing store in the world, Russ and Daughters, a staple on New York's Lower East Side for 100 years.

Documentary / United States / Director: Julie Cohen / 52 minutes / English

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February 11, 2018

Sneak Preview Film 4 p.m.

March 03, 2018

Opening Night GOLD Reception featuring Carmel High School jazz musicians. Q & A with film director.

March 10, 2018

GOLD Reception prior to film. Panel Discussion after film.

March 13, 2018

SILVER Reception and Panel Discussion following film.

March 18, 2018

GOLD Reception prior to film. Panel Discussion after film.

March 21, 2018

Private reception for $1000+ sponsors before films. Q & A with Film Director and Lead Actor and SILVER reception after films.

March 24, 2018

Closing Night Food Tasting Event. Sponsors must reserve their film and reception tickets in advance to guarantee a space. 

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