Join in the Bar Mitzvah year of the Dayton Jewish International Film Festival!
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The Dayton Jewish International Film Fest lets you take in great films over many weeks in multiple venues. This year, documentaries and features both in English and with subtitles demonstrate a wide range of subjects. All connected to Jewish heritage, but all tackling universal themes such as friendship, love, jealousy, dance, religion, war and more. With award-winning titles that emphasize the human experience, these films will appeal to diverse audiences.
The Festival begins with a screening of The Other Son at The Neon on Thursday, April 18 and includes features at The Neon, Antioch University and the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education until closing night on May 9.
13th Annual Dayton Jewish International Film Festival
OPENING NIGHT – Thursday, April 18, 7pm @ The Neon
The Other Son (Feature) – A moving and provocative tale of two young men, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, who discover they are accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions on themselves and their respective families. Reception begins at 7pm, film starts at 7:30pm. Co-sponsored by Ryan Levin of the Levin Family Foundation.
Sunday, April 21, 3pm @ The Neon
My Best Enemy (Feature) – Two friends race to save a priceless Michelangelo drawing in this thrilling World War II story of friendship, love and betrayal.
Tuesday, April 23, 7:15pm @ The Neon
Melting Away (Feature) – A family drawn into crisis tracks down their estranged son, and finds the unexpected. Co-sponsored by the LGBT Film Festival, partnering with PFLAG.
Thursday, April 25, 7:15pm @ The Neon
Nicky’s Family (Documentary) – The uplifting and heartwarming story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who ran a secret rescue operation of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. A Discussion with Felix Weil will be held after the film.
Monday, April 29, 7pm @ Antioch University Midwest, PNC Auditorium
The Other Son (Feature) – A moving and provocative tale of two young men, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, who discover they are accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions on themselves and their respective families. Co-sponsored by Antioch University Midwest and Ryan Levin of the Levin Family Foundation.
Tuesday, April 30, 7:15pm @ The Neon
Naomi (Feature) – A cautious tale of love and jealousy between Ilan Ben Natan, an aging Professor, and his younger wife, Naomi. Discovering his deepest fears, Ilan commits a horrible act and comes face to face with the consequences.
Thursday, May 2, 7:15pm @ The Neon
Lea & Daria (Feature) – The powerful, true story of two thirteen year old girls —the famous Lea Deutsch and her dancing partner, Daria Gasteiger. When faced with the political realities of World War II, the two forge a dramatic friendship.
Sunday, May 5, 2pm @ Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture & Education
Hava Nagila (The Movie) (Documentary) – Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. Co-sponsored by the JCRC.
Tuesday, May 7, 9:30am @ The Neon
Torn (Documentary) – Can one be a Catholic priest and an observant Jew at the same time? Follow Romuald-Jakub Weksler-Waszinel on his amazing personal journey as he learns to accept his two conflicting identities. Coffee will be served at 9:30am, film starts at 10am. Discussion with Karen Bodney-Halasz to follow. Partnering with Hadassah.
Tuesday, May 7, 7pm @ Antioch University Midwest, PNC Auditorium
Nicky’s Family (Documentary) – The uplifting and heartwarming story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who ran a secret rescue operation of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. A discussion with Felix Weil will be held after the film. Co-sponsored by Antioch University Midwest
Thursday, May 9, 7:15pm @ The Neon
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Feature) – A turbulent-but-tender long-distance friendship starts when a young Palestinian finds a letter floating in a bottle, written by a 17 year old girl living in Jerusalem. Based on the award-winning novel by Valerie Zenatti.
Enjoy a few trailers from the films – The Other Son, Hava Nagila (The Movie), and Torn
Contest Closed – Congratulations to our winner: Will Crawford