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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3pm – SaddleBrooke DesertView Performing Arts Center – 39900 S. Clubhouse Dr. Tucson AZ 85739

Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story

France, 2009, 104 min. French/English Subtitles

Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul General in Bordeaux, during World War II defies orders and issues more than 30,000 visas to people fleeing the Holocaust.


7pm – The Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy – 3718 E. River Road Tucson, AZ 85718

The Driver Is Red

USA, 2017, 15 min. English

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows secret agent Zvi as he searches for a mysterious man named Ricardo Klement. What he discovered in the remote outskirts of Buenos Aires would send shock waves around the world.


7pm – The Loft Cinema

Budapest Noir

Hungary, 2017, 94 min. Hungarian/English Subtitles

A murder mystery set in Budapest, 1936. A young, beautiful girl is found dead and no one wants to investigate – except Gordon, a crime reporter who has a gut feeling that things are not what they seem. An engaging, action based thriller not to be missed!


1pm – The J

Humor Me

USA, 2017, 93 min. English

A crowd pleasing father/son comedy starring Elliot Gould, Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), and Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers). Nate, a struggling playwright, is forced to move in with his joke-telling dad in a New Jersey retirement community.


7:30pm – The J

A Quiet Heart

Israel, 2015, 92 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles

An intense Le Carre style thriller set on the fault line between secularism and religious orthodoxy in modern Israel. Ania Bukstein (Game of Thrones) plays Naomi, a secular young woman seeking refuge from the pressures of her life as a concert pianist. Refuge is not what she finds.


1pm – The J (Ice cream social to follow)


Israel, 2018, 90 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles

A man with special needs, abandoned as a boy by his father, now learns his father needs a kidney transplant. The son must fight for the right to be a donor.

4pm – The J

Heading Home: Tale of Team Israel

USA/Israel/Japan/South Korea, 2018, 91 min. English

After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, now eligible to compete in the fiercely competitive World Baseball Classic.


5pm – The J

Moon in the 12th House

Israel, 2016, 109 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles

A modern Israeli drama focuses on estranged sisters who are reunited and must face the circumstances that tore them apart. They also need to come to terms with the personal demons that might separate them again.

7:30pm – The J

Simon and Theodore

France, 2018, 84 min. French/English Subtitles

An immature man dealing with mental health issues is about to become a father. He meets an angry, rebellious teenager and they go on a journey of self-discovery through the cold streets of Paris.


5pm – The J

In Her Footsteps

Israel, 2018, 75 min. Hebrew/Arabic/English Subtitles

For 10 years, the mother of a Bedouin family has dealt with breast cancer. Her last wish is to be buried in Omer, a wealthy Jewish village, where the family has successfully resided for years. The town has never dealt with the burial of one of its Muslim residents in a Jewish cemetery. A documentary filmed by her daughter.

7:30pm – The J

Bye Bye Germany

Germany, 2018, 102 min. Germany/English Subtitles

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this, they need money. Close to reaching his goal, David is not only deprived of his savings but is also overtaken by his dark past.


5pm – The J

93 Queen

USA, 2018, 85 min. English/Yiddish/Hebrew

Set in Borough Park, Brooklyn, this documentary follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female, volunteer ambulance corps. Witness a unique portrayal of empowered women who are taking matters into their own hands.

7:30 pm – The J

The Cakemaker

Germany/Israel, 2017, 104 min. German/Hebrew/English Subtitles

Thomas, a young German baker, travels to Jerusalem in search of the wife and son of his dead male lover. Using a false name, he gets a job in the café of the newly widowed, Anat. His German cakes and cookies bring life back to the café and to Anat.


5pm – The J

The Light of Hope

Spain, 2017, 96 min. Spanish/English Subtitles

In this emotional drama set in 1942, the French authorities order the closure of a maternity home, dedicated to helping mothers and their babies escape the dangers of giving birth in internment camps. Its director and collaborators do everything they can to prevent this from happening.

7:30pm – The J

Commandments | Episodes 1-4

Israel, 2017, 160 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles

A wildly humorous Israeli TV series, about the young Orthodox men who feel personally compelled to join the Israeli Defense Force, despite the communal taboos associated with doing so.


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.


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