The New York Jewish Film Festival heads into its second week with another full roster of exclusive movies and in-person appearances by filmmakers and stars.
Leading the pack is a bright slate of documentaries. In Lost Love Diaries (Wednesday), a woman receives a package on her wedding day that contains the diary of her first love during World War II; sixty-five years later, she reads it. Deaf Jam (Tuesday, Thursday, pictured above) follows a deaf Israeli high school student living in New York who finds new possibilities when she collaborates with a hearing Palestinian slam poet (they and the director will attend both screenings). And in Torn (Tuesday, Wednesday), a Catholic priest of 12 years learns he was born to Jewish parents.
Filmmakers will be in attendance for My Father Evgeni (Tuesday, Wednesday), a man’s portrait of his father and a particular moment in Soviet history, and 100 Voices: A Journey Home (Thursday), an uplifting look at 100 cantors who summit for concerts at Warsaw Opera House and the Nozyk Synagogue. That screening will also feature one of the film’s subjects at the Q&A.
Two feature dramas slated for this week are currently standby only: the decades-spanning love story Remembrance today, and My Australia (Thursday), about two young brothers in an anti-Semitic gang whose mother reveals they are Jews. There will also be a standby-only second screening Wednesday of the world premiere documentary 400 Miles to Freedom, with the directors and film subjects in person.
For complete listings and synopses of this week’s selections, head to the New York Jewish Film Festival page. Tickets for the festival start at just $8 for members of the Jewish Museum or Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Screenings marked “standby only” currently have no tickets available, but a standby line will form at the venue's corresponding box office prior to showtime. Some tickets may go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis.