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The 27th annual festival will bring 21 outstanding Jewish films from around the globe to local screens.
More than 3,000 festival attendees support and inspire this robust arts community.
The TIJFF is proud to be one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country and one of the longest-running film festivals in Arizona.
|Sunday, January 7||3:00 PM||HAROLD & LILLIAN||SaddleBrooke|
|Thursday, January 11||7:00 PM||SHELTER||The Loft Cinema|
|Friday, January 12||1:00 PM||CHALLAH RISING IN THE DESERT||The J Ballroom|
|Saturday, January 13||7:30 PM||HARMONIA||The J Ballroom|
|Sunday, January 14||1:00 PM||MONKEY BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGE’S CREATORS||The J Ballroom|
|3:30 PM||FANNY’S JOURNEY||The J Ballroom|
|7:00 PM||THE ESSENTIAL LINK||The J Ballroom|
|Monday, January 15||1:00 PM||HAROLD & LILLIAN||The J Ballroom|
|3:30 PM||MR. PREDICTABLE||The J Ballroom|
|7:00 PM||AN ACT OF DEFIANCE||The J Ballroom|
|Tuesday, January 16||5:00 PM||BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY w/ A PAGEANT FOR SURVIVORS||The J Ballroom|
|7:30 PM||THE FREEDOM TO MARRY||The J Ballroom|
|Wednesday, January 17||5:00 PM||THE GUYS NEXT DOOR||The J Ballroom|
|7:30 PM||THE CHILDREN OF CHANCE w/
|The J Ballroom|
|Thursday, January 18||1:00 PM||ORIENTED||The J Ballroom|
|5:00 PM||TICKLING GIANTS||The UA Hillel|
|Friday, January 19||1:00 PM||1945||The J Ballroom|
|Saturday, January 20||7:30 PM||ON THE WATERFRONT
Presented in partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival
|The J Ballroom|
|Sunday, January 21||10:30 AM||CLOSING BRUNCH|
|11:30 AM||MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE||The J Ballroom|
|Member/Senior 65+/ Student/Military||$8|
|HAROLD & LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
SaddleBrooke Kick-off (39900 S. Clubhouse Dr 85739)
Sunday, January 7, 3:00pm, $5
USA, 2016, 94 min., English
Two unsung heroes working in the Hollywood system for six decades, storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with the couple, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this charming documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim offers a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love.
Presented by SaddleBrooke & the Northwest Division, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
Also screening Monday, January 15, 1:00pm at the The J
|Opening Night @ The Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd 85716)
Thursday, January 11, 7:00pm, $10
Israel, 2018, 93min., English/Hebrew/Arabic
In this subtle thriller, a female Mossad agent is sent to protect a female Lebanese informer in a safe house in Hamburg, Germany. The relationship that evolves between the women is tested with the threat of terror, deception, and a surprising turn of fate. If you like Homeland and Fauda, you will love this one!Presented by The Loft Cinema
Media sponsor: Tucson Local Media
|Friday, January 12, 1:00pm
CHALLAH RISING IN THE DESERT: THE JEWS OF NEW MEXICO
USA, 2017, 84 min., English
Amidst New Mexico’s unique Jewish community, the five-braided challah represents five waves of settlement including Conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition 400 years ago, German Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, scientists of the 1940s at Los Alamos and the counterculture of the 1960s. This film is a moving tapestry of the Jewish experience woven into New Mexico’s unique history and landscape. Special Guest: Producer/Director Isaac Artenstein. Made possible by the Bob Polinsky Memorial Media Arts Fund.
|Saturday, January 13, 7:30pm
Israel, 2016, 98 min., Hebrew/Arabic with subtitles
A modern and layered adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, set in the world of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Abraham and his wife Sarah, the orchestra’s harpist, cannot have children. Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem who joins the Western Side Orchestra, offers to have a baby with Abraham for the couple. The child grows estranged from Sarah as the thin line of family balance is shaken. Presented by Cookie Little & Family and Anne & David Lowe
|Sunday, January 14, 1:00pm
MONKEY BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGE’S CREATORS
USA, 2017, 81 min., English
Hans and Margret Rey, a German-Jewish couple who narrowly escape Nazi-occupied France on makeshift bicycles, secretly carry the unpublished Curious George manuscript with them. Forced to live in Brazil while they await visas to the United States, the couple eventually sail into New York harbor to start life anew and create a children’s book classic.
Special Guest: Cartoonist and Rey Foundation Executive Director Nat Scrimshaw
Presented by Sarah Iden & Marc Herman in memory of Lola & Marvin Herman
Media sponsor: PBS Kids-Arizona Public MediaAll are invited to meet Curious George and explore Curious George books in Hebrew and English with PJ Library, and enjoy themed games and activities. Parents can stay or drop their children off in the Jewish Heritage Center while they attend the film “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” in the Ballroom. The Curious George Meet and Greet is free, open to the public and includes childcare. If parents want to see the film they must purchase tickets. Additional information available at www.tijff.org. This program is sponsored by Arizona Public Media and PBS Kids.Meet Curious George!
Sunday, January 14, 1:00pm
All are invited to meet Curious George and explore Curious George books in Hebrew and English with PJ Library, and enjoy themed games and activities. Parents can stay or drop their children off in the Jewish Heritage Center while they attend the film “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” in the Ballroom. The Curious George Meet and Greet is free, open to the public and includes childcare. If parents want to see the film they must purchase tickets.
|Sunday, January 14, 3:30pm
France/Belgium, 2016, 94 min., French with subtitles
Following her father’s arrest, 13-year-old Fanny leaves Nazi-occupied France with her younger sisters for an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, a brave and resourceful Fanny leads this band of orphans on a trek toward the Swiss border in the hopes of freedom.
Presented by Fay Green & Family
Media Sponsor: Arizona Jewish Life Magazine
|Sunday, January 14, 7:00pm
THE ESSENTIAL LINK: THE STORY OF WILFRID ISRAEL
Israel, 2016, 82min., Hebrew/German/English
From filmmaker Yonatan Nir (My Hero Brother), comes the search for a mysterious hero- Wilfrid Israel. As the owner of the largest department store in Berlin and a member of one of Germany’s most prominent Jewish families at the time of Hitler’s rise to power, Wilfrid Israel helped save thousands of Jewish children through the Kindertransport operation and secured escape for hundreds of his employees and their families from Nazi Germany. This documentary brings to the surface a story that seems to have disappeared from history.
Presented by the Weintraub Israel Center
Media Sponsor: Arizona Jewish Post
| Monday, January 15, 1:00pm, HAROLD & LILLIAN
Repeat presentation, see description above
|Monday, January 15, 3:30pm
Israel, 2016, 91 min., Hebrew with subtitles
Adi has been a nice guy, a doormat, his entire life. This changes when he meets Natalia, who entices him into a life of emotions, passion, and romance. Now he has to choose between love and reason, dreams and reality, Natalia and family.
Presented by Talya Simha Fanger-Vexler (Legendary Properties)
|Monday, January 15, 7:00pm
AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Netherlands, 2017, 123 min., English/Afrikaans
In this riveting historical drama, Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men.
Presented by Mary and Barry Ganapol
|Tuesday, January 16, 5:00pm
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY
USA, 2017, 90 min., English
A ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s, Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian Jewish emigre whose scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy led to a glittering Hollywood life. Behind the scenes, this glamour icon’s ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions, are the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology. Dealing with repercussions of both sides, her later years become reclusive, impoverished and almost forgotten. Showing with:A PAGEANT FOR SURVIVORS
Israel, 2017, 4 min., English/Hebrew w/ subtitles
Each year, Haifa, Israel, plays host to a beauty pageant. But the contestants aren’t what you’d expect. Each one is a Holocaust survivor. And last year’s winner—84 year-old Rita Berkowitz—is set to pass her crown on to the new queen. For her, the pageant is a way for survivors from all over Israel to come together and celebrate being alive.Media Sponsor: The Desert Leaf
|Tuesday, January 16, 7:30pm
THE FREEDOM TO MARRY
USA, 2016, 86 min., English
The profound, emotional, untold story of how same-sex marriage became law of the land. THE FREEDOM TO MARRY follows Evan Wolfson, the architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto and their key colleagues on this multi-decade long battle, culminating in a dramatic fight at the United States Supreme Court. More than the saga of one movement’s history, this is an inspiring tale of how regular people can change the world.Presented by JPride
This film is supported in part by funds from the LGBT&S Alliance Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
|Wednesday, January 17, 5:00pm
THE GUYS NEXT DOOR
USA/Italy, 2016, 74min., English/Italian with subtitles
Raised in a Jewish family, Rachel and her husband Tony are a traditional married couple living in the Boston suburbs with their three teenage children. But there’s nothing traditional about Rachel’s decision, at 41, to become a surrogate for Erik, her friend from college, and his husband Sandro, twice within two years. THE GUYS NEXT DOOR explores the intimate struggles and possibilities that creating family brings.Presented by Reveille Men’s Chorus
This film is supported in part by funds from the LGBT&S Alliance Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
|Wednesday, January 17, 7:30pm
THE CHILDREN OF CHANCE
France, 2015, 90min., French with subtitles
Whisked away in an ambulance with a broken leg, a young boy is separated from his family just as they are arrested by police in Nazi-occupied France. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, he finds friendship, camaraderie and safety in the shelter of an isolated children’s hospital. Based on a true story. Showing with:
USA, 2017, 3 min., Silent Film
From local cinematographer Eitan Penner and Director Quincy Gause comes this short film project from the Tucson J’s 2017 Summer Camp whose theme was “Lights, Camera, Camp J!” Starring the J’s Campers from Giborim 2.Dedicated in memory of David Caplan, z”l, for his participation on the TIJFF committee.Presented by Alliance Francaise de Tucson and Marc Herman & Monique Steinberg.
|Thursday, January 18, 1:00pm
Israel, 2015, 86min, Arabic/Hebrew/English with subtitles
Explore the lives of three gay Palestinian friends in Tel Aviv as they field being outsiders of both their national and sexual identities, while dealing with Israeli friends and Jewish boyfriends during a challenging time: the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. These men, part of an often ignored subset of Middle Eastern society, seek community, love, and an outlet to express their quest for equality through art.This film is supported in part by funds from the LGBT&S Alliance Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
|Thursday, January 18, 5:00pm @ The UA Hillel (1245 E. 2nd St 85719)
Egypt, 2016, 111 min., English
Known as ““the Jon Stewart of Egypt,” Bassem Youssef, an established heart surgeon, uses the power of satire to speak for the people and against a repressive government. His unexpected path leads to choices, actions, and repercussions that make him one of the most famous men in the Arab world.FREE with a Student ID. This event is open to all ticket holders, standard film ticket prices apply to non-students.Presented by Larry & Goldie Goldstein
|Friday, January 19, 1:00pm
Hungary, 2017, 91 min., Hungarian with subtitles
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son arrive in a small village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during World War II. But some secrets can’t be buried…Presented by Donna & Raymond Dennison
|Saturday, January 20, 7:30pm
ON THE WATERFRONT
USA, 1954, 108 min., English
Leonard Bernstein’s only original film score can be found in this classic film, starring Marlon Brando as an ex-boxer getting mixed up with mobsters while working on the docks of Hoboken’s waterfront.The Tucson J is proud to partner with the Tucson Desert Song Festival “Bernstein at 100”, a celebration of the life and Music of Leonard Bernstein, January 16 – February 4, 2018. Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein will introduce the film and take questions following the film.
Presented by The Arizona Daily Star
|Sunday, January 21, 10:30am Closing Brunch
Australia, 2016, 94 min., English/French with subtitles
Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates the secret past of his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WWII and his mother’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. Creating an audacious comic book about his parents, this road movie features artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains … and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!Presented by The Hacienda at the RiverJoin us for a special closing presentation, including a tasty French buffet before the film (brunch requires a separate purchased ticket of $18.)
2018 Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
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