Tucson International Jewish Film Festival

Join us for 10+ days of screenings at SaddleBrooke, The Loft, and the Tucson J — Experience film at its finest, alongside more than 3,000 other film enthusiasts!

2019 TIJFF Program

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CHANGE OF VENUE: Due to a water issue at The J, this film will be shown at Temple Emanu-El at 225 North Country Club at 1:30pm.

The Caborca Jew: A Mexican Story

Mexico, Ukraine, USA, 2014, 58 min. Spanish/English Subtitles

Inspired by the narrator’s grandfather, this documentary tells the story of a Polish immigrant trying to get to the US, who finds himself in Caborca, a small town in Sonora, Mexico. As the only Jew and unable to speak the language, he maintains his faith, his Jewish identity, and becomes a treasured resident.

Director and film maker, David Chait will join us, as well as families from Nogales who are featured in the film and have a special connection to Temple Emanu-El!


7:30pm – The J

Ask for Jane

USA, 2018, 108 min. English

Prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade, a courageous group of young Chicago college women developed an underground network to provide safe, but still illegal, abortions. Cait Cortelyou who portrays Rose and is the co-producer, will lead a discussion following the film.


3pm – The J

Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit | Short Film

The journey of one woman’s ambitious project to write a complete Torah, in cross stitch. Over 1,500 stitchers in 27 countries, are each crafting a portion, in the hope the final work will become an inspiring, traveling museum exhibit.

Wendy’s Shabbat | Short Film

Friends in a retirement community usher in Shabbat with candles, challah, and grape juice at a local fast-food restaurant. The friends are happy to celebrate together and the Wendy’s staff is proud to be part of such a lovely ritual.

Egg Cream | Short Film

This is a sweet look at the memory, history, and enduring meaning of a beloved, chocolate soda drink, born in Jewish immigrant neighborhoods at the turn of 20th Century. Neither egg nor cream, it was a product of necessity and hardship, but a source of bubbling joy. Enjoy an Egg Cream and a talk from the author of Seltzertopia, Barry Joseph.


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“This project is supported in part by funds from the LGBT&S Alliance Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.”

“This project is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Questions? Please contact
Katie Spector
Director, Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
520.299.3000 x 147