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For over 25 years the William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) has been presenting internationally renowned films of Jewish interest, many of them Baltimore and Maryland premieres. The Festival is curated through a partnership of the Film Festival Director and volunteer film committee. The BJFF also offers film education opportunities. Want to submit your film?

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Your contribution of $70 or more above the cost of a subscription helps ensure the continuity and high quality of the BJFF. In appreciation, you may select a single reserved seat, yours for each of the 11 shows. 2018 Best Supporting Actor: $191 min. Also includes one free admission to a private reception with Alon Ben-Gurion on April 10 at 6:30pm in the Morstein Performa, prior to the screening of Ben-Gurion, Epilogue.

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Body & Soul: An American Bridge at Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships between African Americans and American Jews.

BJFF hits the town! Located at Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Ben Gurion, Epilogue

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:30 pm

In advance - $13
At the door - $15

Six hours of archival interview footage featuring David Ben-Gurion, one of modern history's greatest leaders, was recently discovered. The material dates from 1968 when Ben-Gurion is 82 years old, five years prior to his death. He lives in a secluded home in the desert, removed from political discourse, which permits him sharp hindsight, on the Zionist enterprise.

1945

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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At the door - $15

On a summer day in post-wartime 1945, the villagers in a small Hungarian town prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son until news spreads of the arrival of two Orthodox men. The two men have hired a cart to transport a large box and have begun a slow journey through the town. Suddenly, the mood of many of the townsfolk changes from one of celebration to one of fear and suspicion.

Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm

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At the door - $15

This is the first major documentary to explore Sammy Davis Jr.’s vast talent and journey towards self-identification through the moving tides of civil rights and racial progress in 20th-century America. It examines Davis Jr.’s remarkable career, as well as his embrace of Judaism. The film offers us a close-up portrait of a man who is complex, insightful, and highly articulate, despite his lack of a formal education.

The Cakemaker

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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At the door - $15

Thomas travels from Germany to Jerusalem to seek closure and learn about the life of his recently deceased lover, Oren. Thomas begins working for Oren’s widow, Anat, in her café without her knowing his connection to her dead husband. A relationship develops as Thomas brings life into their home and Anat’s café with his amazing ability to create delicious pastry.

An Israeli Love Story

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm

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At the door - $15

Based on the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary, director and actress from Nahalal, and Eli Ben–Zvi, son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi the second president of Israel, this is an exploration of love and independence. 

Between Worlds

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 4:00 pm

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At the door - $15

After Oliel, a young Israeli security guard, is critically injured during a terror attack in Jerusalem. On the train to the hospital Oliel’s distraught girlfriend, Amal, and his estranged mother, Bima, sit together unaware that they are going to see the same man. Amal and Bina arrive at the hospital at the same time however Amal cannot reveal to Oliel’s mother who she is.

Bye Bye Germany

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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David Bermann, a charming Jewish man, and a group of friends launch a fine linen business catering to the gentile women in the neighboring towns of Frankfurt, Germany, 1946. The business prospers, potentially leading to enough resources to establish new lives in America. However, Herr Bermann has a secret past – two passports and a visit to Hitler’s mountain retreat. 

Shelter

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent, is pressed back into duty after a break due to a traumatic experience. She is assigned to protect Mona, a Lebanese informer who has had extensive plastic surgery and is being held in a safe house in Hamburg. As Mona’s bandages are slowly removed, the two women’s stories of love, loss and longing are revealed as is Mona’s new face.

Keep the Change

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00 pm

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At the door - $15

David and Sarah meet at a JCC support group for special needs adults that David is mandated to attend by the courts as punishment for making an inappropriate joke to a police officer. David and Sarah grow closer experiencing the typical difficulties of a budding relationship but with added complexities.

An Act of Defiance

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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Ten political activists, including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters, face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia in 1963. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men.

In Between

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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This controversial Israeli drama (the female Palestinian director received death threats) focuses on the lives of three young Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv. They have chosen for different reasons--a secular lifestyle, freedom from homophobia, access to a university education--to live in this predominantly Jewish city despite an acute awareness of their outsider status. 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at North Oaks

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:00 pm

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII.

BJFF hits the town! Located at North Oaks, Senior Independent Living.

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