As the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival enters its 8
season the organizers are presenting a special, virtual film experience this January entitled the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival Social Justice Series.
Beginning on Sunday, Jan. 17, the Festival will offer six films about antisemitism, civil rights, human rights, and the Holocaust to explore, educate, inform, and ignite important conversation.
"We had tremendous success with our social justice festival in October, which concentrated on films that revisited the connection between the Jewish and Black communities during the Civil Rights era," said Hillary Wenk, Co-Director of the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival. "The engagement with the community, filmmakers, and thought leaders increased our determination to bring forth even more films that address antisemitism, race, the Holocaust, and issues impacting people with disabilities. And all of this will happen as the country prepares to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
The exhibition of films includes: John Lewis: Good Trouble , chronicling the late John Robert Lewis' 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights; Hate Among Us, examining perspectives on antisemitism from historic Jewish neighborhoods in Europe, to the streets of Charlottesville and Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue; and The Crossing , the story of two adventurous children whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the second World War.
"As a Jewish organization, it is incumbent upon us to bring an understanding of issues that concern the wider community and find a way to connect people," said Wenk. "Film gives people of all different backgrounds the opportunity to come together for open and meaningful discussion on a wide variety of topics. You don't have to be Jewish to watch the films or join the discussions. The subjects that are depicted in many of the films affect all of humanity, not just the Jewish community. We're so proud to bring these films directly to the community."
There will be two viewing blocks available, featuring three films each: Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 24-26. The films will be available for at-home streaming during the assigned time block from 9 a.m. on the first day to 11:45 p.m. on the last day. The cost will be $15/film or $75 for a festival pass allowing access to all six films. Exclusive, interactive conversations with filmmakers, authors, and experts will be offered throughout the Festival. Details and film access will be available at jccfilmfest.org.