Dear Carmel Jewish Film Festival Supporters and Fans,


We are delighted to tell you that we have partnered with the Virtual Cinema release of the film PICTURE OF HIS LIFE. Starting June 19, 2020, you will be able to watch the film in your home for only $9.99 through a special link we will send you that will be valid until July 12.

Simply click on this link to purchase your ticket and receive a link to the film:


On July 12 at 7:30 p.m., the film's director, Dani Menkin, and the film's subject, Amos Nachoum, will participate in a live ZOOM Q & A. The Q & A is included in the price of your ticket. A Zoom link will be sent to you separately by July 12.


The CJFF was the first film festival in the world to screen Picture of His Life in March 2019. It was a tremendous success with a sold-out audience, but some of you might have missed it or may want to see it again.


The Virtual Cinema release is meant to bring you new and exciting films and also support our organization until we can be together again. Next up: Shoelaces in August with a Q & A with filmmaker Jacob Goldwasser on Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. (PDT)

Here are some details about our July event:


A Film by Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin

Executive Produced by Nancy Spielberg


Winner - Best Documentary Award, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature - Boston Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary, Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary - Israel Film Festival Los Angeles 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, Syracuse International Film Festival 2019

Winner – Audience Award, Best Documentary, Gold Coast International Film Festival

Opening Night Selection: DocAviv 2019

Official Selection: Film at Lincoln Center’s New York Jewish Film Festival 2020

PICTURE OF HIS LIFE tells the personal backstory behind Nachoum’s long-standing obsession with the polar bear. It follows Nachoum’s quest to become the first still photographer to photograph the world’s largest land carnivore, while swimming with one in open water, without any protection. As he prepares for his biggest and most dangerous mission in the Canadian Arctic, Nachoum faces past traumas in an intimate story of dedication, sacrifice, and personal redemption. The journey begins in Israel in the 1950s and involves the lasting emotional impact of military combat in the Yom Kippur war.

POHL - polar bear.jpg
POHL - shark.jpg

Amos Nachoum’s photos and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world, including National Geographic, Time, Life, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Terra Sauvage, Der Spiegel, and many more. His work has been included in the books "The Living Ocean", "The World of Nature", and "Oceans". His photography has won Nikon, Communication Arts, and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Amos was honored with the International Sea Keeper of the Year 2019, an award that has previously been given to James Cameron, Prince Albert, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jean-Michel Cousteau, among others.


Documentary producer and director Yonatan Nir started out as a photojournalist whose work earned him the Asian Geographic Best of the Decade Award. His debut documentary film, the award-winning "Dolphin Boy" (co-directed with Dani Menkin), was co-produced with ARTE and Channel 4, broadcast in over thirty countries, and shown at more than 130 film festivals. His other films include "My Hero Brother" and "The Essential Link - The Story of Wilfrid Israel”.


Director and producer Dani Menkin’s "39 Pounds of Love” won Israel's Academy Award (Ophir) for Best Documentary and was sold to HBO. His other award-winning films include "Dolphin Boy” (co-directed with Yonatan Nir), which was sold to over 20 countries, "Is That You”, "On the Map, and its sequel “Aulcie”, currently showing at festivals worldwide. 

In English, Hebrew, and Inuktitut. Running Time: 71 minutes.

Interested in purchasing Amos' photographs? Go to


The Carmel Jewish Film Festival began celebrating its 10th year in March 2020 but had to shut down due to the COVID pandemic.  We hope to continue to interact with our audience by offering periodic virtual events. Through the power and artistry of cinema, the festival seeks to engage the greater community in meaningful dialogue on important issues of our day. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey area and beyond. Our festival's accompanying programs further engage the mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace.

Please click on the logos to learn more about our sponsors and partners.

KSBW Tri-Logo CMYK .jpg
Honest Engine Film
City of Monterey logo.jpg
Monterey Symphony logo_edited.png
Carmel Jewish Film Festival
City of Carmel logo_edited.jpg
Chamber Music Monterey Bay logo.png