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For over 30 years, the William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) has presented outstanding films of Jewish interest. In partnership with the program director, a volunteer committee selects ten feature films for screening at The Gordon Center for Performing Arts. The festival spans about five weeks each spring. The BJFF also offers film education opportunities. Want to submit your film?

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32nd Annual William and Irene Weinberg Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

Dates: April 23-May 19, 2020

For over 30 years, the William and Irene Weinberg Baltimore Jewish Film Festival has presented outstanding films of Jewish interest. Join us for another diverse selection of engaging films that examine Jewish history, heritage, and culture. We are pleased to announce this year's lineup of films:

Golda's Balcony, The Film | Thursday, April 23 | 7:00pm

Witness Theater | Sunday, April 26 | 3:00pm

Flawless | Thursday, April 30 | 7:00pm

Leona | Tuesday, May 5 | 7:00pm

1938 Different | Thursday, May 7 | 7:00pm

Love in Suspenders | Tuesday, May 12 | 7:00pm

The Keeper | Thursday, May 14 | 7:00pm

The Unorthodox | Sunday, May 17 | 1:00pm

Tel Aviv on Fire | Sunday, May 17 | 4:00pm

Those Who Remained | Tuesday, May 19 | 7:00pm 

See below for more information and ticketing for individual films, and festival subscriptions are also available now. Purchase now and receive early bird discount pricing!

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Golda’s Balcony: The Film

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 7:00 pm

The Maryland Premiere of the final masterpiece by playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker), charts the rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel in one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the twentieth century. Acclaimed actress Tovah Feldshuh recreates 100 years of Jewish history playing 45 different characters, including Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Holocaust survivors, Israeli soldiers, and of course, Golda Meir herself, in this award-winning film that captures the experience of Feldshu's brilliant Tony-nominated performance from the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history. With special guest speaker, producer David Fishelson.

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Witness Theater

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 3:00 pm

As the last generation of Holocaust survivors live out their final years, the number of individuals who are physically and mentally able to recount first person experiences dwindles, leaving the question of what will happen to their stories. Through drama therapy exercises, Brooklyn high school students bear witness to the experiences of three Holocaust survivors. The Witness Theater program forges deep personal connections between the students and survivors, ensuring that their stories will live on.

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Flawless

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Soon after enrolling in a new school, 17-year old Eden discovers that her two new best friends are planning to sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. She is recruited to join them on their journey in hopes of achieving the body of her dreams. Things don't go as planned, and when Eden's secret is revealed, they must all come to terms with their prejudices and who they really want to be. With special guest speaker Abby Stein, Abby Stein, author of Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman.

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Leona

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Ariela, a free-spirited muralist, feels deeply connected to her tight-knit Jewish community in Mexico City, except for the pressure she feels to find a suitable partner. While her friends find spouses within the community, she rejects suitor after suitor. Unexpectedly, she falls in love with Ivan, a non-Jew who appreciates Ariela and her art. She learns there are no easy choices as she struggles with her heart to find her path.

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1938 Different

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Prior to 1938, Italy did not have a history of anti-Semitism, and a Jewish minority had existed there peacefully for centuries. However, in September of that year, Mussolini declared restrictive racial laws, stripping non-Aryans of their livelihoods and civil rights. A provocative propaganda campaign resulted in humiliation, discrimination, and violence toward the Jewish community. Oscar-nominated director Giorgio Treves uses a variety of techniques to shine a light on these remarkable events.

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Love in Suspenders

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Tammy, a gregarious widow haunted by the memory of her loving husband, encounters her opposite when she meets Beno, a sarcastic lone wolf widower. From their first unfortunate encounter, when Tammy hits Beno with her car, they experience all sorts of emotional, funny struggles. Love has its own rules, and their relationship blossoms amid obstacles like grown children, faulty electricity, and intimate pharmaceuticals.

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The Keeper

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 7:00 pm

This film depicts the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German prisoner of war, who signed as goalkeeper for Manchester City in 1949 despite post-war prejudice. This outraged thousands of fans, many of them Jewish, until Trautmann received support from a surprising advocate, Rabbi Alexander Altmann. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carried him through professional successes and struggles, as he played despite a broken neck to win the 1956 FA Cup Final. Fate had more twists and turns in store for Bert and Margaret, as shown in this biographical drama. With special guest speaker Christopher Reed of Stevenson University.

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The Unorthodox

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 1:00 pm

It’s 1983 and Yakov Cohen, a printer in Jerusalem, is tired of being pushed around. Yakov is a regular guy with no money, no connections, and no political experience, but he does have a passionate belief that he and other Sephardic Jews are entitled to equitable treatment. With the help of two friends, Yakov starts the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem. They don’t know how to play the political game—they make it all up as they go along, setting out on one of the oddest, most surprising and moving elections Israel has ever known.

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Tel Aviv on Fire

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 4:00 pm

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. As the television program’s plot unfolds, so does Salam’s own story, as he tries to balance everyone’s conflicting interests and his own growing affection for an old friend. WIth special guest speaker, Sameh Zoabi, director of the film.

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Those Who Remained

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Aldo and Klara, two survivors in post-war Budapest, meet and soon find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. Aldo, a solitary doctor, and Klara, a teenager living reluctantly with her great-aunt, grow closer, and the joy in their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure and loving father-daughter relationship is misunderstood and frowned upon.

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