The Nashville Jewish Film Festival (NJFF) is a program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center (GJCC). In 2019 the NJFF will celebrate its 19th year of bringing educational, entertaining and thought-provoking Jewish-themed films to the Nashville community.
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Thu, Oct 17 at 7:00pm
A visually lush historical drama recounting the story of army captain Barros Basta, a convert to Judaism who established the Jewish Community of Oporto, Portugal. Four hundred years after the expulsion of the Jews from Portugal, Basta founded a seminary and built the largest synagogue in the Iberian Peninsula.
Wed, Oct 23 at 7:00pm
A fascinating exploration of Netanyahu's rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years. The film details how he evolved from a great political hope to a controversial figure – perceived by some as Israel's savior and others as a cynical politician who will stop at nothing to retain his power.
Thu, Oct 24 at 7:00pm
Two rebellious young women – one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith, the other desperate to transcend her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom – cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem to unexpected consequences.
Mon, Oct 28 at 11:45am
Monday Matinee: Preceded by the short film TUESDAYS ARE FOR BUREKAS (Dir. Adam Hirsch). Anna and Adam, a recently-married couple, decide to honeymoon in Poland and attend a ceremony in the village where Adam’s grandfather grew up. He is less than enthusiastic about the trip, while she is excited to connect with her roots. Will their differing attitudes pull them apart or draw them closer together?
Tue, Oct 29 at 7:00pm
The story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai. This film explores the remarkable friendships forged between Jewish refugees and the Chinese residents of Shanghai, and vividly celebrates the heroism and humanity of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
Wed, Oct 30 at 7:00pm
Set against the enchanting backdrop of 1960’s Brooklyn, this film tells the story of a young man who is caught between pursuing his dream of playing baseball and staying devoted to his Syrian Jewish family. Several tragic losses make reconciling the two worlds challenging.
Mon, Nov 4 at 7:00pm
This portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace, remains relevant today. With current acts of racism and anti-semitism in the news, this documentary and Ferencz’ achievements become all the more important.
Wed, Nov 6 at 7:00pm
Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz) and the two men form a singular friendship. However, as political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival, Franz & Freud have a difficult decision to make: to stay or to flee?
Thu, Nov 7 at 7:00pm
Closing Night: Complimentary Bubbly, L’Chaim! In this comedy, Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.