Jewish Film Festival 2021

Sep. 30–Oct. 14, 2021

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We are thrilled to present the Jacob Burns Film Center’s 20th annual Jewish Film Festival, Sept. 30–Oct. 14. This year’s festival features 24 thought-provoking, captivating, and entertaining films, including narratives and documentaries from Israel, the US, and around the world. Festival Programmer Bruni Burres’s introduction continues here.

SERIES TRAILER

Irmi Oct. 1–9, 2021 OCT. 9, 5:30 live virtual Q&A with filmmakers Veronica Selver and Susan Fanshel After a young woman fleeing the terrible realities of Nazi Germany is confronted with a personal tragedy for which no…
’Til Kingdom Come Oct. 2–5, 2021 The latest documentary from Israeli filmmaker and investigative journalist Maya Zinshtein (Forever Pure) is a provocative examination of the seemingly…
Shiva Baby Oct. 2–12, 2021 10/8, 6:30 pm: Live Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Emma Seligman Emma Seligman’s sharp-witted and hilarious debut feature is an affectionate, caustic comedy about one woman’s troubles. The story focuses on…
The Hot Rock Oct. 2–7, 2021 George Segal Tribute We are excited to add these entertaining films to this year’s roster in honor of the talented…
Golda Oct. 3–12, 2021 10/3 11:00 am: Live Virtual Q&A with Francine Klagsbrun Four decades after her death, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s image is clouded by controversy. The first and only woman…
The Auschwitz Report Oct. 3–8, 2021 Alfred Wetzler and Walter Rosenberg, two young Slovak Jews, risk everything to expose the horrors of Poland’s most notorious concentration…
A Touch of Class Oct. 3–10, 2021 George Segal Tribute  We are excited to add these entertaining films to this year’s roster in honor of the talented…
A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto Oct. 4–8, 2021 After discovering an image of a little girl in a bewildering old photograph, high school student Sofia becomes compelled to…
The Sign Painter Oct. 4–11, 2021 Set in a small town in Latvia in the early 1940s, this cinematic tragicomedy tells the story of Ansis, a…
Adventures of a Mathematician Oct. 5–10, 2021 OCT. 10, 3:45 live virtual Q&A with producer Lena Vurma In this arresting account of the top-secret Manhattan Project, the brilliant Jewish-Polish mathematician Stan Ulam struggles with wartime loss and…
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Oct. 6–9, 2021 From the Academy Award–winning director of Nowhere in Africa (2001), Caroline Link, comes an extraordinary new film based on a…
Rosenwald Oct. 6, 2021 10/6 7:00 pm: Live Virtual Q&A with Dorothy Canter, Aviva Kempner, E. Ethelbert Miller Back by popular demand! Acclaimed documentarian Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) turns her lens on the…
Persian Lessons Oct. 8–12, 2021 1942: Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS and sent to a concentration camp, where he avoids…
California Split Oct. 8–14, 2021 George Segal Tribute  We are excited to add these entertaining films to this year’s roster in honor of the talented…
The Red Orchestra Oct. 9–11, 2021 The Red Orchestra was the most important resistance group inside the Third Reich, a vast spy network whose operations extended…

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