2018 CJFF Lineup

All Festival Pass

 

January 8 – February 10

$140
All Festival Pass Early Bird

CJFF All Festival Pass

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A special CJFF Kick Off Event!

Wednesday January 31

Free
Film:
Venue:
Lerner Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
7:15 PM
Kick Off Event: In Our Hands - The Battle for Jerusalem

In Our Hands –
The Battle for Jerusalem

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Produced by CBN Documentaries and Biblical Productions, “In Our Hands” tells the story of the Battle of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War through the eyes of the IDF’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade, highlighting their role in the liberation of Jerusalem. The docudrama combines dramatic reenactments with interviews of veterans of the Six-Day War and archival footage and photos.


Director: Erin Kate Zimmerman

Languages: English

Run Time: 120 minutes

DocuDrama
USA • 2017

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2018 Core Series

 

Saturday, February 10

$25
Films:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored by:
The Levine Jewish Community Center
The Chop & Children of Chance

A Night of Comedy:
The Chop & Humor Me

Date Passed

Director Sam Hoffman is scheduled to appear
Opening Night Reception following the film

Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher, loses his job and cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, so he decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butcher.

A heartfelt father-son comedy about a struggling playwright who is forced to move in with his joke-telling dad in an active seniors retirement community and learns, as his father often says, “life’s going to happen,whether you smile or not.” Starring Elliott Gould & Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords), written and directed by Sam Hoffman, based on his web series Old Jews Telling Jokes.

The ChopHumor Me

Director:
Lewis Rose /
Sam Hoffman

Languages:
English / English

Run Time:
16 minutes / 93 minutes

Comedy Short / Comedy
UK • 2016 / USA • 2017

Awards:
Over 36 Awards including 10 Audience Awards
4 Best Comedy Short and
4 Grand Jury Prizes.

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Sunday, February 11

$11
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Temple Israel
Bye Bye Germany

Bye Bye Germany

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Jews remaining in Displaced Persons camps in Frankfurt 1946 must make new rules to survive. So, David Bermann recruits some friends to sell linens to the Germans. While his friends are earning the money for their tickets to America, David is meeting with an American investigator who is determined to discover the secret he is hiding.


Director: Sam Garbarski

Languages: German with English subtitles

Run Time: 102 minutes

Drama/Comedy
Germany • 2017

Awards
Audience Award
Norwegian Film Festival

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Wednesday, February 14

$11
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah
An Israeli Love Story

An Israeli Love Story

Date Passed

There will be an Israeli wine tasting and chocolate reception following the film.

Set during the turbulent period of pre-state Israel, this film is based on the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary and Eli Ben–Zvi, son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi the Second President of the State of Israel.

Director: Dan Wolman

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 93 minutes

Drama/History
Israel • 2017

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Thursday, February 15

$11
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hebrew Cemetery of Greater Charlotte
1945

1945

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On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary. The townspeople expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back. Within a few hours, everything changes.

Director: Ferenc Török

Languages: Hungarian with English subtitles

Run Time: 91 minutes

Drama
Hungary • 2017

Awards
Winner of 5 Audience Awards
Jerusalem Film Festival Chairman’s Award
San Francisco Film Critics Award

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Saturday, February 17

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Temple Beth El
Children of Chance

Children of Chance

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A broken leg is a blessing in disguise for a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police. The chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep the boy and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.


Director: Malik Chibane

Languages: French with English subtitles

Run Time: 95 minutes

Drama-Comedy/War
France • 2016

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Sunday, February 18

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
2:00 PM
Community Partner:
Jewish Family Services
Keep the Change

Keep the Change

Date Passed

There will be a Panel discussion following the film.

This New York romantic comedy portrays two adults on the autistic spectrum in a refreshingly honest way. David desperately wants to be seen as “normal,” but Sarah accepts who she is, and together they navigate their burgeoning relationship. This poignant film is an ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet. Adult Content.

Director: Rachel Israel

Languages: English

Run Time: 94 minutes

Romantic Comedy
USA • 2017

Awards
Best Narrative feature
Best Narrative Director
Tribeca Film Festival

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Sunday, February 18

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Consulate General of the Southeast
Foxtrot

Foxtrot

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Israel’s submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards and the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival is an allegorical story set around the Israeli Defense Forces. Grieving parents experience the absurd circumstances around death of their son, in this latest critical reflection on Israel’s military culture. Adult Content/Violence.


Director: Samuel Maoz

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 113 minutes

Israel • 2017

Awards
8 Israeli Academy Awards
3 Venice Film Festival Awards

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Wednesday, February 21

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hearst
Shelter

Shelter

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Two women, a Lebanese informer and an Israeli Mossad agent charged with protecting her, are trapped in a Hamburg safehouse where nothing is safe and no one can be trusted. The relationship that develops between the two women is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today, leading to a suspense laden story with surprising twists and turns.


Director: Eran Riklis

Languages: Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles

Run Time: 93 minutes

Psychological Thriller
Israel • 2017

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Thursday, February 22

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hearst Entertainment & Syndication
An Act of Defiance

An Act of Defiance

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In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists, including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters, face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage during the summer of 1963 in South Africa. This political thriller combined with courtroom intrigue pays tribute to the legendary figures who fought to end segregation and corruption in their country.


Director: Jean van de Velde

Languages: English & Afrikans with English subtitles

Run Time: 123 minutes

Drama
Netherlands• 2017

Awards
Best Film
UK Jewish Film Festival

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Saturday, February 24

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Diamonds Direct
And Then She Arrived

And Then She Arrived

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Dan Freilich is 30 and has everything he could ever hope for: the perfect job at his father’s law firm, the perfect loving family and the perfect girlfriend. But a chance encounter with a waitress in Jerusalem makes him realize something was missing after all – true love.


Director: Roee Florentin

Languages: Hebrew with English Subtitles

Run Time: 100 minutes

Romantic Comedy
Israel • 2016

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Sunday, February 25

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
The Testament

The Testament

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A meticulous historian waging a legal battle against holocaust deniers accidentally discovers that his mother carries a secret about her past. His unshakeable commitment to the truth forces him to continue his investigations, even at the cost of ruining his personal and professional life.


Director: Michael Manasseri

Languages: Hebrew & German with English subtitles

Run Time: 96 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2017

Awards
Best Film, Haifa International Film Festival

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Thursday, March 1

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community
Above The Drowning Sea

Above The Drowning Sea

Date Passed

Director Rene Balcer is scheduled to appear

At a time when all doors were closed to Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe, they found sanctuary in Shanghai, thanks to the intervention of Chinese diplomat Ho Feng Shan. A story that could have been ripped from today’s headlines, the film vividly celebrates the heroism and humanity of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances.


Director: Rene Balcer

Languages: English & Chinese with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Documentary
USA• 2017

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Saturday, March 3

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
REEL OUT Charlotte (LGBTQ film festival)
Family Commitments

Family Commitments

Date Passed

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte is scheduled to perform

David and Khaled are ready to shatter one of the last great taboos of middle-class German society: a same-sex marriage between a Jew and a Muslim. Nothing can stand in their way, except their parents: David’s overbearing mother and Khaled’s homophobic father. A classic screwball romantic comedy with an inclusive multi-cultural worldview. Adult content.


Director: Hanno Olderdissen

Languages: Arabic & German with English subtitles

Run Time: 85 minutes

Comedy
Germany • 2015

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Sunday, March 4

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
1:00 PM
Sponsored By:
The Jewish Federation of Charlotte
The Essential Link – the story of Wilfird Israel

The Essential Link – the story of Wilfird Israel

Date Passed

Director Yonatan Nir is scheduled to appear

Wilfrid Israel, the owner of a department store in the center of Berlin, played a key role in the Kindertransport operation, using his great wealth for the rescue of many Jews during the Holocaust. From​ a​ kibbutz in northern Israel to Germany in the 1930’s, we see a fascinating picture of a man who was driven by his determination to save as many lives as possible.


Director: Yonatan Nir

Languages: Hebrew & German with English subtitles

Run Time: 84 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2017

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Sunday, March 4

$15
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
4:00 PM
Community Partner:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
Sammy Davis Jr., I've Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis Jr., I’ve Gotta Be Me

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Reception following the film

The first major documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity, this film features new interviews with many celebrities and never seen before photographs from Davis’ personal collection. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.


Director: Sam Pollard

Languages: English

Run Time: 100 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2017

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Sundays at Lake Norman

 

Sunday, February 18

$11
Films:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored by:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
The Chop & Children of Chance

The Chop & Children of Chance

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Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher, loses his job and cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, so he decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butcher.

A broken leg is a blessing in disguise for a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police. The chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep the boy and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.

The ChopChildren of Chance

Director:
Lewis Rose /
Malik Chibane

Languages:
English /
French with English subtitles

Run Time:
16 minutes / 95 minutes

Comedy Short /
Drama-Comedy/War
UK 2016 / France 2016

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Sunday, February 25

$11
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored by:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Community Partner:
Jewish Family Services
Keep the Change

Keep the Change

Date Passed

There will be a Panel discussion following the film.

This New York romantic comedy portrays two adults on the autistic spectrum in a refreshingly honest way. David desperately wants to be seen as “normal,” but Sarah accepts who she is, and together they navigate their burgeoning relationship. This poignant film is an ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet. Adult Content.

Director: Rachel Israel

Languages: English

Run Time: 94 minutes

Romantic Comedy
USA • 2017

Awards
Best Narrative feature
Best Narrative Director
Tribeca Film Festival

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Sunday, March 4

$11
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored By:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
The Essential Link – the story of Wilfird Israel

The Essential Link – the story of Wilfird Israel

Date Passed

Director Yonatan Nir is scheduled to appear

Wilfrid Israel, the owner of a department store in the center of Berlin, played a key role in the Kindertransport operation, using his great wealth for the rescue of many Jews during the Holocaust. From​ a​ kibbutz in northern Israel to Germany in the 1930’s, we see a fascinating picture of a man who was driven by his determination to save as many lives as possible.


Director: Yonatan Nir

Languages: Hebrew & German with English subtitles

Run Time: 84 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2017

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Summer Flicks 2018

 

Wednesday, July 25

FREE
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Times (2 Showings):
5:00 PM AND 7:00 PM
Crossroads

Crossroads

5:00 PM Showing

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7:00 PM Showing

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They are the most improbable teenagers to take up the preppy game of lacrosse, but their story is inspiring, uplifting and memorable: meet the determined young men of Charlotte Secondary School, a predominantly African American charter school in North Carolina. Their prospects change when they encounter Bobby Selkin, a Jewish ophthalmologist, who quickly becomes lacrosse coach, mentor, father figure, and helps transform the kids’ lives—while they transform his—in this powerful documentary.

Post film discussion with Bobby Selkin and athletes from the film.

Director:
Ron Yassen

Languages:
English

Run Time:
119 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2018

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Sunday, July 29

$5
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
1:00 PM
Itzhak/Joe’s Violin

Itzhak/Joe’s Violin


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Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; this enchanting documentary looks beyond the musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak’s life story is told through conversations with musicians, family, friends, and his devoted wife of 50 years. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as thefamous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

In the award-winning short documentary film Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact. Joe’s Violin was a 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Documentary short film, and the winner of8 film festival Audience Awards and 4 Grand Jury prizes.

ItzhakJoe's Violin

Director:
Alison Chernick /
Kahane Cooperman

Languages:
English / English

Run Time:
82 minutes / 24 minutes

Documentary/Documentary
USA • 2018 / USA • 2016

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Sunday, July 29

$5
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
4:00 PM
Children of Chance

Children of Chance


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A broken leg is a blessing in disguise for a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police. The chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep the boy and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.


Director:
Malik Chibane

Languages:
French with English subtitles

Run Time:
95 minutes

Drama-Comedy/War
France • 2016

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Sunday, July 29

$5
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
7:15 PM
93 Queen

93 Queen


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Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93QUEEN follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. With unprecedented—and insider—access, 93QUEEN offers up a unique portrayal of a group of religious women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.


Director:
Paula Eiselt

Languages:
English

Run Time:
85 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2018

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Fall Flicks 2018

 

Saturday, October 13

$5
Stories of Survival

Stories of Survival – Be Brave: from Dortmund to Brooklyn/Holding on to Good: from Kovno to Havana


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Q & A with Irving Bienstock and Suly Chenkin following the film

Holocaust Survivors Irving Bienstock and Suly Chenkin tell their amazing stories of survival to thousands of students through the Levine JCC Butterfly Project, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Join us to view the documentary films of their remarkable experiences, followed by a Q & A.

Be Brave: from Dortmund to Brooklyn
Irving Bienstock was born in Dortmund, Germany. His childhood of soccer and marbles changed as the Nazi party took control of Germany. For his family, life had been good, but now they faced hate and death or exile. Listen to Irving tell of the harrowing experiences his family endured to survive and move to America.

Holding on to Good: from Kovno to Havana
On June 22, 1941 the Nazis invaded the city of Kovno in Lithuania. Suly Chenkin, then an infant, was interned together with her parents and the rest of the Jewish population in a ghetto/prison concentration camp. After close to three years of evading death , the end became imminent and in desperation to save their only child, Suly’s parents smuggled her out of the ghetto into the hands of strangers. Suly tells the story of her and her parents’ journey of survival and their miraculous reunion in Havana, Cuba.

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Languages:
English/English

Run Time:
28 minutes/28 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2017

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Saturday, October 20

$5
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
7:15 PM
Harold & Lilian

Harold & Lilian. A Hollywood Love Story


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Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don’t recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love. 

Harold & Lilian

Director:
Daniel Raim

Languages:
English

Run Time:
94 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2016

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