Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County

The Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County celebrates its 20th anniversary! Scheduled from Thursday, October 14 – Sunday, November 21, the Festival will offer one film per week over 6 weeks, following a hybrid model. Each week a film will be scheduled for an in-person screening or patrons can opt to stream online during the weekend indicated. Audiences will enjoy a mix of Q&As via Zoom and in-person, featuring filmmakers, producers and expert speakers. 

We hope you enjoy the 20th anniversary season of the Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County. Thank you for joining us for this meaningful community event, and for recognizing the importance of film and the significant impact it can have.

 

Important Festival Information 

• Films are available for viewing in-person on the scheduled date or online any time during the weekend dates indicated. 

• Film tickets are available for purchase any time prior to the designated film dates.

• LOCATION CHANGE: Opening Night, Thursday, Oct. 14, will take place at Bow Tie Cinemas Landmark 8 located at 5 Landmark Square in Stamford. All other in-person events will take place at The JCC.

• Click on the film dates below for full film details and trailers.

• Upon purchasing an in-person film ticket, your ticket will be waiting for you at the “Will Call” table at the theater. Ticket purchase is available at the theater, but pre-purchase is highly recommended. 

• Upon purchasing a film ticket for online viewing, the film link, password and instructions will be emailed to you.

 

Film Ticket: $10 JCC Member / $15 Community
Ticket price is per person. Ticket is good for either an in-person screening OR an online screening.
Click HERE to purchase tickets.

 


 

Click on the film dates below for full film details and trailers. 

 

Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin

In-Person Film Screening: Thursday, Oct. 14 · 7:30 p.m.
at Bow Tie Cinemas Landmark 8
Virtual Film Screening: Friday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 17
Film link and password will be emailed to you

A bold and compelling documentary detailing the life of Menachem Begin, a pillar of the State of Israel and a tireless fighter for the Jewish people.

In partnership with Congregation Agudath Sholom and co-sponsored by JCC Tzahal Shalom.

Following the in-person screening, Rob Schwartz, Executive Producer and founder of Hidden Light Institute will recognize Stamford’s own Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Judith Lupatkin-Bernstein with a special presentation for their contributions in helping to make the film a reality, and will answer audience questions about the film.

Q&A via Zoom with on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. with executive producer Rob Schwartz and producer Rachel Greenberg with a pre-recorded interview featuring director Jonathan Gruber, Senator Joe Lieberman and Israel’s Cabinet Secretary, 1977-1982 Dr. Arye Naor. Moderated by Judith Lupatkin Bernstein.

 

Here We Are

In-Person Film Screening: Thursday, Oct. 21 · 7:30 p.m.
at The Stamford JCC (LOCATION CHANGE)
Virtual Film Screening: Friday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Oct. 24
Film link and password will be emailed to you

A touching and relevant story of family, love, and letting go.

Co-sponsored by JCC JumpStart & Inclusion programs, Abilis, The Stamford Chapter of Hadassah, and Young Israel.

Q&A via Zoom on Sunday, October 24 at 7 p.m., featuring Luis Velasquez, Vice President of Day and REACH Services at Abilis, and Kris Burbank, Parenting Coach & Disability Advocate who will discuss topics raised in the film. Moderated by Jane Faherty, Director, JCC JumpStart.

 

White Right: Meeting the Enemy

In-Person Film Screening: Thursday, Oct. 28 · 7:30 p.m.
at The Stamford JCC (LOCATION CHANGE)
Virtual Film Screening: Friday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 31

Film link and password will be emailed to you

Powerful interviews with prominent neo-Nazis and white supremacist leaders to understand the personal and political reasons behind the apparent resurgence of far-right extremism in America.

In partnership with 

Q&A with AJC expert speakers on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. Details to follow.

 

A Starry Sky Above The Roman Ghetto

In-Person Film Screening: Wednesday, Nov. 3 · 7:30 p.m.
at The Stamford JCC (LOCATION CHANGE)
Virtual Film Screening: Friday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 7

Film link and password will be emailed to you

Based on a true story, the discovery of a puzzling photograph sparks a teenage girl and her friends to probe the history of Rome’s Jewish ghetto and the fate of a little girl, in this Italian drama interlacing past and present.

In partnership with 

Q&A with AJC expert speakers on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. Details to follow.

 

Irmi

In-Person Film Screening: Tuesday, Nov. 9 · 7:30 p.m.
at The Stamford JCC (LOCATION CHANGE)
Virtual Film Screening: Friday, Nov. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 14

Film link and password will be emailed to you

Based on her memoirs, this documentary portrait of German Jewish émigrée Irmi Selver (1906–2004) takes us on a unique journey through a life marked by love, unimaginable loss, and strength of spirit.

In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County in commemoration of Kristallnacht.

Q&A via Zoom on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. with directors Veronica Selver and Susan Fanshel. Moderated by Brian Kriftcher.

 

Tiger Within

In-Person Film Screening: Thursday, Nov. 18 · 7:30 p.m.
at The Stamford JCC (LOCATION CHANGE)
Virtual Film Screening: Friday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 21

Film link and password will be emailed to you

In his last role on the big screen, multiple Emmy award-winning actor Ed Asner portrays a Holocaust survivor who develops a life-changing friendship with a troubled, homeless, anti-Semitic teen.

Co-sponsored by Temple Beth El and Temple Sinai.

Q&A via Zoom on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. with director Rafel Zielinski and writer Gina Wendkos. Moderated by Dr. Betsy Stone, PhD.

 

 

 
Film Ticket: $10 JCC Member / $15 Community
Ticket price is per person. Ticket is good for either an in-person screening OR a virtual screening.
Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Click HERE to become a benefactor.

 


 
For more information, contact Nancy Schiffman at nschiffman@stamfordjcc.org.

 

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