1220 JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Screening: Thu 18 Feb - Wed 3 Mar at:
Luna Leederville

Jewish International Film Festival
Thursday 18th February to Wednesday 3rd March at Luna Cinemas, Leederville

Showcasing the best new Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) celebrates the diversity of the Jewish experience across the globe. Across 10 days, JIFF presents a carefully-programmed selection of Australian Premiere documentaries, feature films and series fresh from world-class film festivals.

Cinema serves as a salve, an inspiration, and, if we need it to be, a distraction when times are rough. We hope our collection of films can do this for you in this unprecedented time. We look forward to coming together and celebrating the magic of JIFF with you later in the year.

Jewish International Film Festival Program Launch,  Luna Leederville, Sunday, January 17, at 4.00 pm with When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen Stahl) by Caroline Link Oscar-winning director of Nowhere in Africa and the international bestseller by Judith Kerr. (In German, Swiss-German, French and English, with subtitles.)

People attending will have a chance to be the first to see and access the JIFF program brochure, watch trailers of films featured in the festival as well as purchase festival tickets.

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JIFF21: INCITMENT. Australian Premiere Opening Night

3899 JIFF21: INCITMENT. Australian Premiere Opening Night “A timely, disturbing portrait of a killer… this powerful film cogently indicts the dark, repressive voices in any society who can set the stage for violence.” - The Hollywood Reporter “A chilling portrait of how fanaticism can grow and be enabled...with a splendid, ... More
Screening: Thu 18 Feb - Wed 3 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Thu 18 Feb
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JIFF21: ASIA 85 mins

3877 JIFF21: ASIA “Shira Haas is devastating…a patient and inquisitive character study with an emotional wallop.’ - Indiewire  Asia (Alena Yiv) and Vika (Shira Haas) are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Young mom Asia hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle, and ... More
Screening: Fri 19 Feb - Mon 1 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Fri 19 Feb
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JIFF21: WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl) 120 mins

3922 JIFF21: WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT “★★★★ Following Jojo Rabbit, here’s a less zany child’s view of Nazi Germany. A nuanced story of resilience touchingly brought to life.” - The Times It’s 1933, and nine-year-old Anna’s carefree childhood is disrupted when her parents ... More
Screening: Sat 20 Feb - Tue 2 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Sat 20 Feb
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JIFF21: THEY CALL ME DR MIAMI 87 mins

3917 JIFF21: THEY CALL ME DR MIAMI Dr Miami - a.k.a. Michael Salzhauer - is the most famous surgeon in America. Millions of loyal followers from around the world tune in daily as he live-streams graphic plastic surgery procedures on social media - all with the enthusiastic consent of his self-proclaimed ‘beauty warrior’ ... More
Screening: Sat 20 Feb
Luna Leederville: Fri 19 Feb
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JIFF21: PERSIAN LESSONS (Persischstunden) 127 mins

3911 JIFF21: PERSIAN LESSONS “A big, widescreen cinematic ride which deftly mixes suspense, laughter and tears.” - Screendaily 1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is ... More
Screening: Sat 20 Feb - Sun 28 Feb at:
Luna Leederville: Sat 20 Feb
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JIFF21: ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH 110 mins

3946 JIFF21: ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH “Alan Pakula: Going For Truth exemplifies what every great documentary aspires to be: a truthful, revealing dossier that educates while it entertains.” -- The Observer  Alan Pakula: Going for Truth encompasses the personal and professional life of Alan J. Pakula, a lauded ... More
Screening: Sat 20 Feb
Luna Leederville: Sat 20 Feb
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JIFF21: ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN 102 mins

3878 JIFF21: ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN  "A compelling look at the dawn of the nuclear age." - The Hollywood Reporter Based on Stanislaw Ulam’s autobiography, Adventures of a Mathematician offers a fascinating glimpse into one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century.Stanislaw (Philippe Tlokinski), a Polish Jewish ... More
Screening: Sat 20 Feb - Mon 1 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Sat 20 Feb
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JIFF21: SHIVA BABY 77 mins

3914 JIFF21: SHIVA BABY “A playful, brilliantly anxious, sex-positive coming-of-age set inside a tight-knit Jewish community.” - Variety “A sharp-witted dark comedy from first-time feature writer/director Emma Seligman that bears a likeness to the early work of Jill Soloway and Jennifer Westfeldt, Shiva ... More
Screening: Sun 21 Feb
Luna Leederville: Sun 21 Feb
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JIFF21: SOROS 85 mins

3916 JIFF21: SOROS  Billionaire activist George Soros is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. Famous for betting against the Bank of England in 1992 and making a billion dollars in one day, he is maligned by ideologues on both the left and the right for daring to tackle the ... More
Screening: Sun 21 Feb
Luna Leederville: Sun 21 Feb
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JIFF21: LAST VERMEER, THE 118 mins

3906 JIFF21: LAST VERMEER, THE “This is riveting stuff and a film well worth seeing… a compelling drama that ultimately asks: what is the true value of art?” - Deadline  Claes Bang (The Square) stars as Joseph Piller in this captivating dramatic thriller set just after WWII - an all but forgotten true ... More
Screening: Sun 21 Feb - Tue 2 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Sun 21 Feb
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JIFF21: BREAKING BREAD 83 mins

3900 JIFF21: BREAKING BREAD “An award-winning love letter to the food of the Middle East.” - The Jewish Chronicle  This delicious documentary follows a group of chefs who take part in a unique food festival in the Israeli city of Haifa. The feel-good – and extremely appetising – message of the ... More
Screening: Sun 21 Feb - Mon 1 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Sun 21 Feb
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JIFF21: GOLDEN VOICES 88 mins

3902 JIFF21: GOLDEN VOICES “When we arrived [in Israel] it was like coming from a different planet. Everything was so strange and bizarre for us and I want to capture this feeling.” - Director Evgeny Ruman “A seamless blend of humour, pathos and heart.” - Toronto Jewish Film Festival Husband and ... More
Screening: Mon 22 Feb - Thu 25 Feb at:
Luna Leederville: Mon 22 Feb
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JIFF21: 'TIL KINGDOM COME 76 mins

3919 JIFF21: 'TIL KINGDOM COME “A well-researched, sharply organised exposition of a strange and disturbing set of alliances.” - Screendaily Millions of American Evangelicals are praying for the State of Israel. Among them are the Binghams, a dynasty of Kentucky pastors, and their Evangelical congregants in an ... More
Screening: Mon 22 Feb
Luna Leederville: Mon 22 Feb
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JIFF21: ISRAEL, THE LAND OF TV SERIES 70 mins

3905 JIFF21: ISRAEL, THE LAND OF TV SERIES Hatufim, Fauda, False Flag, Shtisel… the list of hit Israeli TV shows is seemingly endless. How can we explain the success of Israel consistently producing blockbuster TV series that resonates the world over? Offering a behind-the-scenes look at the industry producing some of our favourite ... More
Screening: Mon 22 Feb
Luna Leederville: Mon 22 Feb
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JIFF212: OATH, THE (Klyatva) 125 mins

3910 JIFF212: OATH, THE A war drama based on true events. A story of life and heroic sacrifice of Naum Balapan – an academic psychiatrist, Doctor of Medicine, and a chief doctor of the Sevastopol psychiatric hospital since 1922. With the help of his wife, he saved dozens of innocent people from genocide during Nazi ... More
Screening: Mon 22 Feb - Thu 25 Feb at:
Luna Leederville: Mon 22 Feb
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JIFF21: LOVE, IT WAS NOT (Ahava Zot Lo Hayta) 86 mins

3907 JIFF21: LOVE, IT WAS NOT Love is blind. In March 1942, Helena Citrónová was among the first thousand Jewish women who were transported from Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz. The dogs are barking and the guards are laughing as the beautiful Helena is undressed and shaved. The humiliations of the concentration camp ... More
Screening: Tue 23 Feb - Wed 3 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Tue 23 Feb
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JIFF21: HERE WE ARE 92 mins

3903 JIFF21: HERE WE ARE Graced by two fantastic lead performances, Here We Are is a film about the triumphs, the sadness, and the quiet moments of tenderness that make up so much of our lives. Shai Avivi plays Aharon, a stubborn and proud divorcé; Noam Imber plays Uri, his autistic son. The two have lived a ... More
Screening: Wed 24 Feb
Luna Leederville: Wed 24 Feb
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JIFF21: CHURCHILL AND THE MOVIE MOGUL 60 mins

3901 JIFF21: CHURCHILL AND THE MOVIE MOGUL “A fascinating account of how Churchill changed cinema.” - The Telegraph Winston Churchill understood the power of films, but the true extent of his use of cinema as a propaganda tool is rarely explored. In 1934, a Hungarian Jewish émigré and England’s first and ... More
Screening: Wed 24 Feb
Luna Leederville: Wed 24 Feb
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JIFF21: WAITING FOR ANYA 109 mins

3920 JIFF21: WAITING FOR ANYA The year is 1943 and although Europe may be ravaged by the horrors of World War II, Jo’s  (Noah Schnapp) life in the picturesque French Pyrenees has remained remarkably untouched. That is until Jo stumbles upon a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled out of Nazi-occupied ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Feb
Luna Leederville: Thu 25 Feb
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JIFF21: MENACHEM BEGIN: WAR AND PEACE (Yamei Begin) 85 mins

3908 JIFF21: MENACHEM BEGIN: WAR AND PEACE A surprising and unfamiliar portrait of Israel’s sixth prime minister. After his 1977 election, Menachem Begin led Israel for six dramatic years, a time that produced social and political changes that are still felt deeply today. During Begin’s time in office, he faced significant ... More
Screening: Sat 27 Feb
Luna Leederville: Sat 27 Feb
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JIFF21: THE HUMAN FACTOR 106 mins

3904 JIFF21: THE HUMAN FACTOR “Riveting and compelling.” - The Hollywood Reporter “Compelling... It’s as significant as it is fascinating, and it is drop-dead fascinating.” - Los Angeles Times With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, The Human Factor is the ... More
Screening: Sat 27 Feb - Tue 2 Mar at:
Luna Leederville: Sat 27 Feb
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JIFF21: SHEPHERD, THE (A Pásztor) 91 mins

3913 JIFF21: SHEPHERD, THE The Shepherd is a historical drama, which takes place in Europe during WWII, in a territory occupied by Nazis. The main character is an old shepherd, who lives alone on a ranch. After his daughter gets killed by German soldiers, he decides in his grief to save as many Jewish lives as possible. ... More
Screening: Sat 27 Feb
Luna Leederville: Sat 27 Feb
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JIFF21: RUTH: JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS 89 mins

3912 JIFF21: RUTH: JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS How does a person rise to the U.S. Supreme Court despite closed doors and legal and social barriers? Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in her Own Words tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the public and private sides of a ... More
Screening: Sun 28 Feb
Luna Leederville: Sun 28 Feb
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JIFF21: MINYAN 118 mins

3909 JIFF21: MINYAN “An arresting and evocative feature film debut.” - Indiewire A young Russian Jewish immigrant in Brighton Beach caught up in the tight constraints of his community, develops a close friendship with his grandfather’s new neighbours, two elderly closeted gay men who open his ... More
Screening: Sun 28 Feb
Luna Leederville: Sun 28 Feb
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JIFF21: THOU SHALT NOT HATE (Non Odiare) 95 mins

3918 JIFF21: THOU SHALT NOT HATE A Jewish surgeon and the daughter of a neo-Nazi form an unlikely alliance in this gripping Italian drama. Simone, the son of a Holocaust survivor, rushes to the site of a hit-and-run accident but leaves the victim to die when he discovers a swastika tattooed on his chest. Feeling remorse, Simone ... More
Screening: Sun 28 Feb
Luna Leederville: Tue 23 Feb
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JIFF21: SHTISEL (SEASON 3, EPISODES 1, 2 & 3) 150 mins

3915 JIFF21: SHTISEL (SEASON 3, EPISODES 1, 2 & 3) Shtiselmania is back! The Australian premiere of the much anticipated new season of the global phenomenon! The beloved family returns four years from where we last saw them; Akiva (Michael Aloni) is now a father and a thriving artist; still, he is a cause for concern for his father Shulem (Dovale ... More
Screening: Wed 3 Mar
Luna Leederville: Wed 3 Mar
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