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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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Exploring Jewish Film #1: To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
$20/member; $25/guest

With Christopher Reed from Stevenson University.

German-Jewish émigré Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) was so well-known in his day that the phrase “the Lubitsch touch” would immediately conjure the same image in people’s minds of brilliantly scripted, sophisticated comedies. Unlike prior films such as Trouble in Paradise (1932), Design for Living (1933), this one takes on the serious topic of Nazism, though with the same uproarious bite Lubitsch always employed.

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Exploring Jewish Film #2: Past Life (2016)

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Owings Mills JCC Morstein Performa
$20/member; $25/guest

With Professor Uta Larkey from Goucher College.

Set in 1977, Past Life (2016) is the gripping story of two sisters, daughters of Holocaust survivors, who uncover a dark family secret. Their journey takes them from Jerusalem to West Berlin. Avi Nesher, one of Israel’s most accomplished filmmakers, tells this story with great dramatic suspense, compelling camera work, enchanting music and convincing actors.

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Exploring Jewish Film #3: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 10:00 am

Owings Mills JCC Morstein Performa
$20/member; $25/guest

With Professor Daniel Marcus from Goucher College.

Expand your appreciation of documentary film with this story of an extraordinary baseball player who transcended ethnic and religious prejudice to become a hero for all Americans. As America’s first Jewish baseball star, Hank Greenberg helped break down the barriers of discrimination in sports and society and was a beacon of hope to millions of American Jews who faced bigotry during the Depression.

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