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Welcome to the JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival Virtual Mini-Fest in celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary! The festival committee is pleased to present 6 films that had been selected for RJFF 2020 prior to the pandemic.  We hope you see them all and, in turn, feel some of the film festival ruach (spirit) we have all come to enjoy each summer. More films are planned for the coming months so please stay in touch with us. Thank you for your support and Happy 20th to RJFF! 
 
Andrea Miller, Director 
Laura Kaufman, Chair

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After purchase, your private link to watch each film will be sent via e-mail 1 hour prior to the start of the viewing period. (Check your junk mail if you don't get this!)

Ticket sales will stop 2 hours before the end of each film's viewing period.

Films will be available to start any time within the 48 hour viewing period listed. 

 

JULY 2020 MINI-FEST SCHEDULE

PICTUREOFHISLIFE web

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PICTURE OF HIS LIFE

Sunday, July 5, 4pm - Tuesday, July 7, 4pm 
(This film is now closed)

Director: Yonatan Nir, Dani Menkin | Israel | 2019 | 72 min | English, Hebrew, Inuit (w/ subtitles) | Documentary


World renowned wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum has one final photographic dream remaining - to photograph a Polar Bear underwater, while swimming alongside it. The film, produced by Nancy Speilberg and directed by award winning filmmakers Yonatan Nir and Dani Mankin, follows Amos in the Canadian Arctic as he prepares for his ultimate challenge. As the journey unfolds, so does an intimate and painful story of dedication, sacrifice and personal redemption.

Winner Best Audience Award - San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2019

Underwritten by Gary and Marcia Stern Family Foundation

ZOOM FILM TALK
Monday, July 6, 8pm
with Director Dani Menkin

 

INCITEMENT web

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INCITEMENT

Monday, July 6, 4pm - Wednesday, July 8, 4pm 
(This film is now closed)

Director: Yaron Zilberman | Israel | 2019 | 123 min | Hebrew (w/ subtitles) | Narrative


This psychological thriller dramatizes the political and personal motivations behind Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin’s assassination in 1995 by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir. In a carefully researched portrayal, the unsettling tragedy is told through the perpetrator's eyes.
 
Israel’s Best Foreign Language film submission - 2020 Academy Awards
Winner Best Film  – 2020 Ophir Awards
 

THECROSSING web

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THE CROSSING

Tuesday, July 7, 4pm - Thursday, July 9, 4pm
(This film is now closed)

Director: Johanne Helgeland | Norway | 2019 | 90 min | Norwegian (w/ subtitiles) | Narrative

 

Led by ten-year-old Gerda, four Norwegian children, including her brother Otto and their Jewish friends Sarah and Daniel, must escape to neutral Sweden on their own. Exciting, involving, and beautifully photographed in actual locations, The Crossing is both a classic suspense story and an ode to the imagination, resilience, and courage of children.

FIDDLER web

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FIDDLER: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES

Wednesday, July 8, 12:01am - Friday, July 10, 11:59pm

Director: Max Lewkowicz | USA | 2019 | 90 min | English | Documentary

 

Don’t read this title and say, “I’m all Fiddler-ed out.” That’s what the RJFF committee thought. Without exception, committee members agreed, “It must be shown.” For the first time, intimate interviews with the show's creators prove how much more there is to the Fiddler story, from the complexity and relevance of its themes (feminism, racism, refugees) to the struggle to get it produced, to the unexpected worldwide popularity of this “most Jewish” of shows. Upbeat and joyous, this is an absolute “must-see.”
 
Audience Choice Award - Toronto JFF 2019
Opening Night Film - San Francisco JFF 2019

 

NOTE: The link to view the film FIDDLER: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES has a discount code that applies automatically. You must log in to your Vimeo account (sign up for free if you haven't already at https://vimeo.com/)
After logging in, you should see a price for the film with a discount that makes it $0. You will not need to enter any payment information.

 

ZOOM FILM TALK
Wednesday, July 8, 8pm
with Rochester Native Bruce Sabath (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) and director Max Lewkowicz


 

SHAREDLEGACIES web

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SHARED LEGACIES: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN 
JEWISH CIVIL RIGHTS ALLIANCE

(Work in Progress)
Sunday, July 12, 4pm - Tuesday, July 14, 4pm

Director: Dr. Shari Rogers | USA | 2020 | 95 min | English | Documentary

 

Early in the 20th century, Jewish-Americans and African-Americans forged a bond to fight for civil rights for all. Through interviews, archival footage, and dramatic narration, this film digs deeply into that relationship, from its birth with the founding of NAACP in 1909, through the turbulent 1960s, to the challenges facing it today.  Obviously timely, this powerful, important documentary helps us learn where we come from and where we might be heading.
 

ZOOM FILM TALK
Monday, July 13, 8pm

with Director Dr. Shari Rogers, Producer Lisa Weitzman, and Dr. Clarence B. Jones, former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer and close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. He is a Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute at Stanford University.
 

A link to join this Zoom webinar will be sent with the film link.


 

 

 

DOUZEPOINTS web

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DOUZE POINTS

Monday, July 13, 12:01am - Wednesday, July 15, 11:59pm

Director: Daniel Syrkin | Israel, France | 2019 | 90 min | Hebrew, French, English (w/subtitles) | Narrative

 

What do you get when a proud, gay Muslim singer fulfilling his dream to represent France in Europe’s biggest song contest being held this year in Tel Aviv collides with ISIS nogoodniks hellbent on tanking the competition and crack Mossad agents intent on foiling the plot? A hilarious Israeli comedy-thriller that just may leave you singing.  
NOTE: The link to view the film DOUZE POINTS has a discount code that applies automatically. You must log in to your Vimeo account (sign up for free if you haven't already at https://vimeo.com/)
After logging in, you should see a price for the film with a discount that makes it $0. You will not need to enter any payment information.
 

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THELORAX web

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Family Drive-in!

Tuesday, July 14, 8:30pm
(Gates open at 7:45pm)
Milestone Movies
40 Jarley Road, Rochester, NY 14623 (Click for map)
(across the street from The King & I and near Rochester Sports Garden)

Director: Chris Renaud | USA | 2012 | 95 min | English | Family/Kids

 

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life in this timely, animated adventure about environmental preservation. An inspiring, visually spectacular message of caring for our natural world, which cannot be restored, "unless somebody cares a whole awful lot."  Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White. Recommended for kids age 5+ (Rated PG)

Rain date: Wednesday, July 15

100% of proceeds benefit the JFS food cupboard. Donations of food and school supplies welcome at the gate.

Concessions will not be avaialble at this event. Feel free to bring your own snacks!

In partnership with Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Rochester and PJ Library

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE

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TICKETS
$12 per film* (view only)
$15 per film (includes $3 donation to Brighton Food Cupboard)
$25 per film (includes $3 donation to Brighton Food Cupboard and $10 donation to the Rochester Jewish Film Festival)

*The Lorax Drive-In is $8 per car.

After purchase, your private link to watch each film will be sent via e-mail 1 hour prior to the start of the viewing period. (Check your junk mail if you don't get this!)

Ticket sales will stop 2 hours before the end of each film's viewing period.

Films will be available to start any time within the 48 hour viewing period listed. 

How do I get my film? After purchasing, you will get an e-mail confirmation and receipt. 24 hours before each film's viewing period begins, you will get a reminder e-mail, and 1 hour before you will get an e-mail with the link to the film and a link to the Zoom talk (if applicable). Please check your junk mail folder if you do not receive these e-mails, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Purchasing more than one film? At the bottom of the screen that says "Enter your details below," click the button that says "Keep Shopping" to go back to the film listing. Each film will be added to your card until you continue.

Want to see them all? Donate $360 or more, and we'll send you all 6 films. Click here to donate to RJFF.

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BOOK MEETS FILM

 

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 8:00pm ET
BARRY SONNENFELD
Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
In Partnership with the JCCs of Atlanta, Cherry Hill, Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, and St. Louis

Free, registration required

Click here for details and to register.

 

 

OutsidetheBox web

OUTSIDE THE BOX
Summer Enrichment

RJFF is pleased to help secure films for the Outside the Box Summer Enrichment program.

Click here for more information!

 

 

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