The third biennial JCA Jacksonville Jewish Film Festival highlights several interesting topics and features award-winning domestic and international productions accompanied by compelling programs and speakers. The five-day event will feature seven different films. Tickets start at $25. November 13 – 17. Jewish Community Alliance. www.jcajax.org/filmfest.
Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.
Very Semi Serious
The New Yorker is an instantly recognizable publication due to its iconic cartoons which have become a cultural touchstone. In Jacksonville native and JCA charter member Leah Wolchok’s Emmy Award winning documentary, the viewer is given an intimate glimpse of the process behind the carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work that keeps the magazine current and cutting edge. A Skype interview with Ms. Wolchok will follow the screening.
Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
Wedding Doll (subtitles)
Nominated for ten Israeli Academy Awards, Wedding Doll tells the story of Hagit, a young woman who finds her escape creating bridal gowns and dolls out of leftover materials from the toilet paper factory where she works. Wedding Doll will be accompanied by a Skype discussion with the film’s star Moran Rosenblatt.
Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.
Opening Night: In Search of Israeli Cuisine Film & Reception
In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. Israelis come from all over the world, and their wonderfully unique food traditions provide a rich, complex and human element to a story that has cultivated itself over the last 30 years. Filmmaker Roger Sherman takes the viewer on an epicurean journey that shows why Israel’s food scene is one of the hottest in the world. Film screening to be followed by a reception featuring Israeli food by Hobnob chef Roger Regulacion, wine and music.
Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Partner with the Enemy (subtitles)
A presentation by Tel Aviv born, documentary filmmaker Duki Dror, this film tells the story of two women, one Israeli and one Palestinian, fighting against societal and family pressures within a chauvinistic, male-dominated industry to create a logistics company that helps Palestinian business owners navigate the difficulties of working within the West Bank. Companion programming in conjunction with Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s rGEN division will follow the film.
Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Once in a Lifetime (subtitles)
Once in a Lifetime is a docudrama that tells the uplifting story of a dedicated history teacher at a French high school who incorporates lessons of the Holocaust to motivate her troubled students. A 30-minute panel discussion will precede this film. Duval County students are free to attend this event.
Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Rabin in His Own Words (subtitles)
This autobiographical film about a founder of the State of Israel is told entirely in Yitzhak Rabin’s own voice through rare archival footage, home films and private letters. It reveals the complexity and contradictions of this legendary leader, while rekindling the debate of opportunities lost and taken for peace. This fascinating film is followed by a Skype discussion with Yoram Dori, spokesman for the Labor Party under chairmanship of Rabin.
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
For the Love of Spock
A tribute to Leonard Nimoy, directed by his beloved son, Adam, this documentary highlights the life of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, and Nimoy’s 50 years playing the beloved character. The film includes Adam Nimoy’s personal memories of his dad and interviews with cast, crew and people connected with the iconic series.