2014 CJFF Lineup

Free

Film:
Venue:
LJCC Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
Time:
2:00PM

A photo shop owner and her grandson fight to save their business and nearly 1 million negatives that document Israel’s history.

Click here for more information about Life in Stills

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Director: Tamar Tal

Languages: Hebrew and German with English subtitles

Run Time: 60 minutes

Documentary
Israel 2012

Winner of 12 international film festival awards

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Free

Film:
Venue:
LJCC Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
Time:
4:00 PM

For the first time, this riveting documentary tells the incredible story of a Jewish couple from Philadelphia who, against all odds, brought the single largest group of children out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust and into the United States. In doing so, they transformed themselves from an ordinary couple into extraordinary heroes.

Click here for more information about 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

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Director: Steven Pressman

Languages: English

Run Time: 62 minutes

Documentary
USA 2013

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Free

Film:
Venue:
LJCC Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
Time:
7:00 PM

Insightful and often hilarious, this documentary featuring Howie Mandel, David Steinberg, Shelley Berman, Shecky Greene and many others examines the history of Jewish comedy, from the Catskills to the present day, ultimately exploring what it means to be Jewish and how assimilation has changed Jewish humor.

Click here for more information about When Jews Were Funny

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Director: Alan Zweig

Language: English

Run Time: 90 minutes

Documentary
Canada 2013

Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival, 2013

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$25

Event:
Opening Night Celebration
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time:
7:30 PM

Hunting Elephants

Hunting Elephants

Sponsored by: Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah

Sold Out

Opening Night Celebration is sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah

Light hors d’oeuvres reception precedes the film at 6:30

Diamonds and Desserts reception, sponsored by Diamonds Direct, follows the film

A hilarious and heartwarming Israeli crime comedy about a 12-year-old boy who concocts a plan to enact revenge on the bank that ruined his family. His “crew” consists of three senior citizens, including Sir Patrick Stewart in a hilarious turn as an eccentric British Lord.

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Director: Reshef Levi

Languages: Hebrew and English with English subtitles

Run Time: 107 minutes

Comedy
Israel 2013

7 Israeli Film Academy award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:00 PM

When Jews Were Funny

When Jews Were Funny

Community Partners:
Temple Israel &
Create Your Jewish Legacy

Sold Out

“Did you hear the one about….”

Please join us for a night of Jewish comedic history as we enjoy When Jews Were Funny. Comedian Marc Klein escorts us down memory lane and will perform live starting at 7:00 PM.

Stay for coffee and dessert after the film.

Insightful and often hilarious, this documentary featuring Howie Mandel, David Steinberg, Shelley Berman, Shecky Greene and many others examines the history of Jewish comedy, from the Catskills to the present day, ultimately exploring what it means to be Jewish and how assimilation has changed Jewish humor.

Click here for more information about When Jews Were Funny

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Director: Alan Zweig

Language: English

Run Time: 90 minutes

Documentary
Canada 2013

Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival, 2013

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:00 PM

An unconventional buddy film starring Stephen Dorff as an Israeli fighter pilot who escapes from PLO captivity in war-torn Lebanon with the aid of a young Palestinian refugee who is searching for his ancestral family home in Israel.

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Director: Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride, The Human Resources Manager)

Languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles

Run Time: 107 minutes

Drama
Israel, United Kingdom 2012

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:00 PM

The Jewish Cardinal

The Jewish Cardinal

Community Partner: Mecklenburg Ministries

Date Passed

This historical drama tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, who maintained his identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II – and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him friends and enemies from both groups.

Click here for more information about The Jewish Cardinal


Director: Ilan Duran Cohen

Languages: French with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Drama
France 2012

Audience Award, Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2013

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:00 PM

The Zig Zag Kid

The Zig Zag Kid

Community Partner: The Hebrew Cemetery Association of Charlotte

Date Passed

This coming-of-age film adaptation of famed Israeli author David Grossman’s children’s novel tells the story of 13-year-old Nono Feierberg, the son of the world’s greatest police inspector. With only 24 hours to go before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono meets master criminal Felix Glick, his father’s nemesis, who leads him on a secret mission to discover the truth about the mother he never knew. Isabella Rossellini co-stars.

Click here for more information about The Zig Zag Kid

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Director: Vincent Bal

Languages: Dutch, English and French with English subtitles

Run Time: 95 minutes

Comedy
Netherlands, Belgium 2013

Grand Prix Award, Kyoto International Children’s Film Festival 2013
Winner, Young Audience Award, European Film Academy 2013

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time:
7:30 PM

Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Date Passed

An award-winning thriller that tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. The film offers a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence.

Click here for more information about Bethlehem

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Director: Yuval Adler

Languages: Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Run Time: 99 minutes

Drama
Israel 2013

Winner of 6 Ophir awards, including Best Picture, from the Israeli Film Academy
Israel’s 2014 Academy Award Submission for Best Foreign Language Film

Mature language and subject matter – recommended for viewers 17 and older

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time:
3:00 PM

The Third Half

The Third Half

Date Passed

The rag tag Macedonia Football Club and their German-Jewish coach compete for the championship of the Nazi Football League but because of the changing world around them, this group of misfits, pariahs, losers and idealists realize they’re playing more than just a game.

Click here for more information about The Third Half

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Director: Darko Mitrevski

Languages: Macedonian, German, Bulgarian, Ladino, English with English subtitles

Run Time: 113 minutes

Drama
Macedonia 2012

Macedonia’s 2013 Academy Award Submission for Best Foreign Language Film

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
Time:
7:00 PM

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

Date Passed

Barbara Sukowa stars in this brilliant new biopic as the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Her reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.”

Click here for more information about Hannah Arendt

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Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Languages: English and German with English subtitles

Run Time: 113 minutes

Drama
Germany 2012

Winner of the German Oscar for Best Actress for Barbara Sukowa

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
Time:
7:00 PM

SIDE DISHES: A Night of Shorts

SIDE DISHES: A Night of Shorts

Sponsored by:
Hearst Service Center

Date Passed

An entertaining night of SIDE DISHES, shorts of varying lengths including:

The Cake Lady, named Best Short Film at the 2013 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Special appearance by director Adam Hirsch

Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop, a documentary that includes some great archival footage of the time when Wilt Chamberlain worked as a bellhop at Kutsher’s Country Club in the Catskills.

The Tribe, a fun creative look at how the Barbie doll ties into Jewish identity.

Click here for more information about SIDE DISHES: A Night of Shorts

Click here to view trailer

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
Time:
7:00 PM

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

Sponsored by: Hearst Entertainment

Community Partners:
NC Council on the Holocaust &
Charlotte Yiddish Institute

Date Passed

For the first time, this riveting documentary tells the incredible story of a Jewish couple from Philadelphia who, against all odds, brought the single largest group of children out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust and into the United States. In doing so, they transformed themselves from an ordinary couple into extraordinary heroes.

Click here for more information about 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

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Director: Steven Pressman

Languages: English

Run Time: 62 minutes

Documentary
USA 2013

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time:
7:30 PM

Igor and the Cranes' Journey

Igor and the
Cranes’ Journey

Community Partner:
Temple Beth El

Date Passed

Dessert Reception, sponsored by Chai Expectations, follows the film.

When his mother decides for both of them to immigrate from Russia to Israel, 11-year-old Igor must learn to face many new challenges, just as Karl, the baby crane he observed hatching, must soon set out on his first migration. A touching fable about family, commitment, and ultimately, our ability to change.

Click here for more information about Igor and the Cranes’ Journey

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Director: Evgeny Ruman

Languages: Russian and Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Adventure
Israel, Poland, Germany 2012

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time:
3:00 PM

Fill the Void' Journey

Fill the Void

Date Passed

An intimate, insightful and moving film that respectfully depicts life among the ultra-Orthodox Haredi community in Tel Aviv. When her sister dies in childbirth, 18-year-old Shira is pressured by her mother to marry her deceased sister’s husband. This groundbreaking feature is the first film to be made by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman for a general audience.

Click here for more information about Fill the Void

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Director: Rama Burshtein

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Drama
Israel 2012

Winner of 7 Ophir awards, including Best Picture, from the Israeli Film Academy

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$10

Event:
Closing Night Celebration
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time:
7:00 PM

Cupcakes' Journey

Cupcakes

Sponsored by: Levine JCC

Date Passed

Dessert Reception follows the film.

Filled with fun, games, music, romance and happy endings, Cupcakes is a feel-good musical comedy about a group of friends who write a song that inadvertently becomes Israel’s entry in the Universong competition. As the good-natured friends try to survive the cutthroat world of pop music, they learn some important lessons about love, life and friendship.

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Director: Eytan Fox (Walk on Water)

Languages: Hebrew, French and English with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Comedy
Israel, France 2013

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Birkdale Stadium 16
Time:
7:00 PM

When Jews Were Funny

When Jews Were Funny

Presented in Collaboration
with the
Jewish Council of Lake Norman

Date Passed

Insightful and often hilarious, this documentary featuring Howie Mandel, David Steinberg, Shelley Berman, Shecky Greene and many others examines the history of Jewish comedy, from the Catskills to the present day, ultimately exploring what it means to be Jewish and how assimilation has changed Jewish humor.

Click here for more information about When Jews Were Funny

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Director: Alan Zweig

Language: English

Run Time: 90 minutes

Documentary
Canada 2013

Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival, 2013

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Birkdale Stadium 16
Time:
7:00 PM

Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Presented in Collaboration
with the
Jewish Council of Lake Norman

Date Passed

An award-winning thriller that tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. The film offers a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence.

Click here for more information about Bethlehem

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Director: Yuval Adler

Languages: Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Run Time: 99 minutes

Drama
Israel 2013

Winner of 6 Ophir awards, including Best Picture, from the Israeli Film Academy
Israel’s 2014 Academy Award Submission for Best Foreign Language Film

Mature language and subject matter – recommended for viewers 17 and older

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Birkdale Stadium 16
Time:
7:00 PM

The Third Half

The Third Half

Presented in Collaboration
with the
Jewish Council of Lake Norman

Date Passed

The rag tag Macedonia Football Club and their German-Jewish coach compete for the championship of the Nazi Football League but because of the changing world around them, this group of misfits, pariahs, losers and idealists realize they’re playing more than just a game.

Click here for more information about The Third Half

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Director: Darko Mitrevski

Languages: Macedonian, German, Bulgarian, Ladino, English with English subtitles

Run Time: 113 minutes

Drama
Macedonia 2012

Macedonia’s 2013 Academy Award Submission for Best Foreign Language Film

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Free

Film:
Venue:
Mint Museum – Randolph
Time:
TBD

 Life in Stills' Journey

Life in Stills

Co-Sponsor: The Mint Museum
Pre-registration Required

Updated Info Coming Soon

A photo shop owner and her grandson fight to save their business and nearly 1 million negatives that document Israel’s history.

Click here for more information about Life in Stills

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Director: Tamar Tal

Languages: Hebrew and German with English subtitles

Run Time: 60 minutes

Documentary
Israel 2012

Winner of 12 international film festival awards

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time:
7:00 PM

Out in the Dark

Out in the Dark

Presented in Collaboration with the GayCharlotte Film Festival

Date Passed

Nimer, an ambitious Palestinian student in the West Bank, dreams of a better life abroad. One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, they are both confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept Nimer for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality.

Click here for more information about Out in the Dark

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Director: Michael Mayer

Languages: Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Run Time: 96 minutes

Drama
Israel,USA 2012

Best Picture, Haifa International Film Festival, 2012

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Free

Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall, Shalom Park
Time:
10:30 AM

Esther, the girl who Became Queen

Esther, the Girl
who Became Queen

Co-Sponsor:
Levine-Sklut Judaic Library

Date Passed

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM: PURIM PALOOZA: A Pre-Purim Happenin’ for Young Children and their families

A special event for preschoolers and their families, including the animated film Esther, the Girl who Became Queen. This age-appropriate animated film is filled with humor, music and drama. Following the adorable film adaptation of Queen Esther’s story, join us for a Purim scavenger hunt, crafts, a photo op with Queen Esther, snacks and more!

Click here for more information about Ether, the girl who became Queen

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$10

Film:
Venue:
Alvarez College Union (Room 900) – Davidson College
Time:
3:00 PM

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

A Bottle in the
Gaza Sea

Community Partner:
Temple Kol Tikvah

Date Passed

A message in a bottle leads to an engrossing e-mail exchange between a 17-year-old Israeli girl and a 20-year-old Palestinian boy. Eventually, they challenge each other’s views about life, war and relationships. Based on a popular novel, this thought-provoking film doesn’t take sides as it shows an age-old conflict in human terms.

Click here for more information about A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Director: Thierry Binisti

Languages: Arabic, French and Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 99 minutes

Drama
Canada, France, Israel 2011
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Free

Film:
Venue:
Student Union Theatre (Bldg 69 on map) – UNC Charlotte Main Campus
Time:
5:00 PM

Remembrance (Die Verlorene Zeit)

Remembrance (Die Verlorene Zeit)

Presented in Collaboration with UNC Charlotte’s International Film Series

Date Passed

A remarkable love story that began in the horror of a concentration camp in 1944 Poland, was thought to be lost and thirty years later, may have another chance.

Click here for more information about Remembrance (Die Verlorene Zeit)

Director: Anna Justice

Languages: German, English, Polish and Russian with English subtitles

Run Time: 105 minutes

Drama
Germany 2011
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Free

Film:
Venue:
Tate Hall – Central Piedmont Community College Central Campus
Time:
7:00 PM

Welcome to Kutsher's

Welcome to Kutsher’s

Presented in Collaboration with
CPCC Sensoria

Tickets on
First Come – First Served
Basis

Kutsher’s Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher’s has been family-owned and operated for over 100 years. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience– and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries– this documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes.

Click here for more information about Welcome to Kutsher’s

Director: Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg

Languages: English

Run Time: 73 minutes

Documentary
USA 2012
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Best Documentary, Miami Jewish Film Festival, 2012

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