Shana Tova from JIFF!

September 18, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Shana Tova Umetukah from the team at the Jewish International Film Festival.Relive the drama, meshugas, tears and fress of Rosh Hashanah at JIFF 2016: sweeter and fuller than ever before!

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

We know that festivals – holy or otherwise – are about family, and this year at JIFF, we’ve got exciting content for film lovers of all ages, at more locations than ever before!

Bring your kids to Abulele, a boxoffice smash hit in Israel and a heartfelt family film that celebrates the power of love and friendship. Says director, Jonathan Geva, “I wanted to create a film that was in the same genre as films I grew up watching… The Goonies, Back to the

Future and ET—movies that are meant for the whole family.” In Melbourne, we’ll be hosting a monster-sized kids party in the foyer prior to the session, plus all tickets at kids prices! Come along for a roaring good time!

Since the publication of her diary in 1947, Anne Frank’s clever observations and insightful descriptions have helped generations of young people to imagine the horrors of Nazi persecution. Based on the uncensored original diary, this film, which premiered at Berlin International Film Festival, introduces Anne’s story to a new generation. Forward have called it “the best Anne Frank adaptation we’ve ever seen,” and JIFF is proud to present the Australian premiere of this truly unforgettable film.

Fanny Reise

Fanny Reise

Suitable for school-aged children and based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey is “a handsome, compelling period piece that deftly portrays events through the eyes of its young protagonists. (Variety)” With her sisters in tow, thirteen-year-old Fanny flees her foster home in France for the safety of Switzerland. Between fear, outbursts of laughter, and unexpected encounters, the small group of children learn about independence and discover solidarity and friendship in the midst of tumultuous circumstance.

For family matters of a different sort, Aida’s Secrets presents a powerful sojourn into a past reverberating with untold secrets. Winner of the Audience Award at Docaviv International Film Festival, the film tells the story of Izak Szewelewicz, who was born inside the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Secret details of his birth mother, an unknown brother in Canada and his father’s true identity slowly emerge in this personal investigative documentary. Timely questions of identity, resilience, compassion and the plight of displaced persons are brought to life as brothers Izak and Shep meet in Canada, and travel to a nursing home in Quebec to meet their elderly mother, the mysterious Aida.

With 68 premiere features and documentaries from 19 countries including Argentina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, we’re thrilled to continue to celebrate the infinite diversity of our fascinating culture through drama, humour and suspense.

Pick up a program from September 30 (or September 28/29 at the JIFF program launch!), and devour it alongside your Rosh Hashanah feast.

Chag sameach… we’ll see you at JIFF!


26 October – 23 November                                                    Bondi Junction Event Cinemas

27 October – 16 November                                                    Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne


27 October – 23 November                                                    Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

28 October – 23 November                                                    Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn


26 October – 6 November                                                      Greater Union Morley


10, 12/13 & 19/20 November                                                  New Farm Cinemas


10, 12/13 & 19/20 November                                                  Academy Cinemas.


10, 12/13 & 19/20 November                                                  Dendy Cinemas.


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