Films exploring Jewish
identity and experience from around the world will be showcased at the JCC
Chicago's first Chicago Jewish Film Festival (CJFF). Titled "Through a Jewish
Lens," the Festival will run from June 19-29 at three venues- The Music Box, the
Cinemark/Century, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The
Festival will also feature two readings of the play A Place in The
Heart, by Michal Aharoni at the Victory Gardens Theatre (June 23) and the
Mayer Kaplan JCC (June 24). Chicago is one of the only major U.S. cities to
produce a Jewish film festival.
The eight films in the Festival will
include two from 2013-the Holocaust survival tale The Pin and
Before The Revolution, billed as "the untold story of the Israeli
paradise in Iran." Israeli journalist and filmmaker Shlomi Eldar will also
present his 2010 documentary A Precious Life, about an Israeli doctor
and a Palestinian woman seeking treatment for her baby. The film won the Ophir
Award, Israel's equivalent of the Oscar, for Best Documentary.
"Film is a
reflection of society, and we want to look back and forward, so people can
further reflect on themselves, their families and communities," says David
Chack, artistic director of CJFF, also adjunct professor at The Theatre School
at DePaul University. "Memory is an inherent part of who we are."
Uhlmann, director of Adult Programs at JCC Chicago added, "Beyond entertainment,
the Chicago Jewish Film Festival has the capacity to inspire, enrich and inform
Jewish identity for the entire community, strengthening the bonds that connect
Sponsor partners for CJFF include: Chicago Festival of Israeli
Cinema; Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center; YIVO; Music Box Theatre;
Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute; ShPIeL-Performing Identity Theatre;
and Victory Gardens Theater, with generous support provided by The Mrs. Zollie
Tickets are $12/adults; $10/seniors & students, or
$60 for an 8-film festival pass. For more information,
visit www.ChicagoJewishFilm.org or call
JCC is a partner in serving our community,
supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.