Opening Night     Centerpiece Evening     Closing Night     WJFF Visionary Award Presentation



United States Navy Memorial
Thursday, January 3, 6:15 pm and 8:45 pm (Reception at 8:00 pm)

Sponsored by the Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation

The 23rd Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival kicks-off with Sophie Lellouche's Paris Manhattan. The film will screen twice, at 6:15 pm and again 8:45 pm. In between the screenings, at 8:00 pm, we will be hosting a cocktail reception in the Gallery Deck. Please join us for the reception either after the screening (if you attend the 6:15 pm show) or before (if you attend the 8:45 pm show).

The Film
Idealistic pharmacist Alice is completely and utterly obsessed with Woody Allen. She’s constantly quoting lines from his films, engaging him in imaginary conversations, and even prescribing her customers his classic works to help alleviate their ailments. Alice’s increasingly concerned Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but he quickly realizes that he’s no match for the man of her dreams. A romantic romp through the city of lights, the glorious luxury of cinematic nostalgia, with a special cameo by the original Alvy Singer.

Screenings at 6:15 pm and 8:45 pm.
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Please join us for the reception either after the screening (if you attend the 6:15 pm show) or before (if you attend the 8:45 pm show).


Avalon Theatre
Tuesday, January 8, 8:30 pm

A screening of the charming indie comedy, Dorfman, highlights our Centerpiece Evening. Prior to the film, Elliott Gould, who plays the role of Deb Dorfman's father, will join us for an in-depth conversation about his career. Gould is best known for his work in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, MASH, The Long Goodbye, Nashville, Friends and the Ocean's 11 trilogy. After the screening, he will be joined on stage by Dorfman screenwriter Wendy Kout and producer Len Hill for a Q&A. 

The Film
28-year-old accountant Deb Dorfman is offbeat, charming, single and perhaps a tad too comfortable in her suburban life in the San Fernando Valley. When she follows a crush to the urban adventure of downtown LA, her cozy existence is blown apart. As she quickly learns to embrace the big city, can love be far behind?

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Closing the festival will be Roberta Grossman's new documentary tracing the history of the Jewish standard Hava Nagila from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the nightclubs of New York. Following the screening there will be a reception featuring dueling DJs remixing classic Yiddish standards and Jewish songs.  

The Film
It is to music what the bagel is to food. It’s musical shorthand for anything Jewish. This new hit from Roberta Grossman (Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh) takes you from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the nightclubs of New York, as she weaves together the history of Hava Nagila, the Jewish standard that transcended its humble origins to become a worldwide phenomenon. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor.

Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also playing as part of the JCC of Greater Washington's centennial birthday party kick-off on Sunday, January 6 (10 am - 4 pm)

Closing Night Film and Reception
Sunday, January 13 at 7:30 pm
Washington DCJCC

JCCGW Centennial Birthday Party Kick-Off Screening
Sunday, January 6 at 1:00 pm
JCC of Greater Washington

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Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington DCJCC
Monday, January 7, 8:00 pm

The annual WJFF Visionary Award recognizes and pays tribute to courage, creativity and insight in presenting the diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image. This year we are honoring Noemi Schory, one of Israel’s leading TV and Film Producers and Directors, and Katriel Schory, the head of the Israeli Film Fund, which is the largest national supporter of Israeli Narrative and Documentary films and one of the primary movers in the emergence of Israeli film on the international scene.

Noemi and Katriel Schory founded Belfilms, an independent production house, in 1988. In addition to the two films being shown at WJFF, highlights from their catalog include Purple Lawns (Dina Zvi-Riklis), Secret (Ronit Kertsner) and A Film Unfinished (Yael Hersonski).

Since 2007, Noemi Schory has been  the head of Film Studies at Beit Berl College of Art and the president of Input international, dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in television. She also serves as the Museum Film Director and Producer for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

In 1999, Katriel Schory became the Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund, which supports, encourages and promotes Israeli Feature Films.  During his tenure at the IFF, the Israeli film industry has garnered unprecedented international attention – routinely winning major international film festival awards and being nominated four times for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Noemi Schory and Katriel Schory will be honored with the Visionary Award on Monday, January 7 at 8:00 pm. The evening will start off with an on-stage conversation exploring the careers of the Israeli film industry pioneers, followed by a screening of Noemi Schory's Slaves of the Sword: Yitzhak Rabin.

Her film Born in Berlin will also screen on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 pm at the Goethe Institut.

Slaves of the Sword: Yitzhak Rabin
Part of a trilogy on Israel's most famous generals, Dayan, Rabin and Sharon which was pondering Israeli leadership and whether the military heroes could or could not undertake the leap to civilian thinking.

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Born in Berlin
This penetrating documentary looks at the lives of three Jewish women writers: Cordelia Edvardson, poet, author and journalist; Angelika Schrobsdorff, author of autobiographical novels; and Inge Deutschkron, author and former correspondent for the Ma’ariv newspaper. All three grew up in pre-war Berlin, until Nazi racial laws shattered their lives.

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