The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) is back for the 21st year, featuring 18 feature-length films and seven short films, making it the biggest festival to date.
“The scope and quality of our film slate keeps growing bigger and better,” says GPJFF Executive Director Bob Segalbaum. Last year, GPJFF attracted around 7,000 people from across the Valley, he says.
To kick off the festival, which runs from Feb. 12-26, writer and director Dani Menkin will speak and field questions from the audience at the Valley premier of his new film, “On the Map,” at Shea 14 on Feb. 12. A number of other screenings will also feature guest speakers.
The screenings will take place this year at Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; Harkins Chandler Fashion 20, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; and Harkins Arrowhead 18, 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive, Peoria.
Tickets for the festival are $11 for adults, $13 at the door. The cost for students 25 and younger with a valid ID is $7. A festival pass for one person, all 18 films at any venue, is $150.
For ticket information, call 602-753-9366 or visit gpjff.org.
‘A Grain of Truth’
3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb, 15, Shea 14
In this thriller, a maverick prosecutor gets pulled into an investigation of a string of murders similar to the Jewish ritual killings associated with Poland’s anti-Semitic past. Polish with English subtitles.
‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Shea 14
Inspired by his mother’s stories and poetry, a young boy who grows up in 1940s Jerusalem becomes a famous writer. Hebrew with English subtitles.
3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Shea 14
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Arrowhead Fountains 18
This Israeli film portrays a Persian-Israeli family’s immigrant experience and generational divide. English, Farsi and Hebrew with English subtitles.
‘Fever at Dawn’
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Shea 14
3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Chandler Fashion 20
“Fever at Dawn” tells the true story of a 25-year-old Hungarian Holocaust survivor’s attempt to find love and health after being given six months to live. Multiple languages with English subtitles.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Shea 14
A working-class Jewish student from New Jersey attends a small Ohio college in the 1950s and struggles with his religious ethical and romantic views. English.
‘Kapo in Jerusalem’
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Shea 14
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Arrowhead Fountains 18
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Chandler Fashion 20
Two Auschwitz survivors arrive in Jerusalem and attempt to rehabilitate their lives and love during the War of Independence. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Speaker at the Feb. 15 showing: Murray Henner, profesor of international law and intelligence from Embry Riddle University.
Speaker at the Feb. 20 showing: Rabbi Arthur Abrams of Beth Ami Temple.
Speaker at the Feb. 20 showing: Jack Silver, director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Jewish counseling program.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Shea 14
A young woman bears the load of her family on her shoulders, while her grandmother senses her life coming to an end. Fate intervenes revealing an unexpected twist in this Israeli drama/comedy. Hebrew with English subtitles.
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Chandler Fashion 20
A devoted daughter takes care of her ailing father, but when a childhood boyfriend comes back into her life, he encourages her to follow her dreams. Dutch with English subtitles.
‘On the Map’
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Shea 14
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Chandler Fashion 20
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Arrowhead Fountains 18
Documentary about the Israeli basketball team’s 1977 win of the European Cup. English.
Speaker at the Feb. 12 showing: Writer and director Dani Menkin. Speaker at the Feb. 19 screening: Rabbi Jason Bonder, assistant rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Tempe.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Chandler Fashion 20
3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Shea 14
This suspense/thriller stars Christopher Plummer, who plays a dementia-stricken Holocaust survivor out for revenge in a race against time. English. Speaker at the Feb. 23 screening: Professior Darrell Copp, chairperson of the department of humanities and film studies at Scottsdale Community College.
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Chandler Fashion 20
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Shea 14
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Arrowhead Fountains 18
The son of an immigrant peddler becomes the top executive at Sears and Roebuck as well as “the greatest philanthropist you’ve never heard of,” in this American drama. English. Speaker at the Feb. 12 screening: Rev. Ozetta Kirby, senior pastor at Holy Trinity Community AME Church. Speaker at the Feb. 19 screening: Rev. Warren Stuart, Jr., pastor at Church of the Revnant.
‘Sabena Hijacking – My Version’
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Arrowhead Fountains 18
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Chandler Fashion 20
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Shea 14
In this suspenseful docudrama, Israeli commandos, including three future prime ministers, storm a hijacked plan at a Tel Aviv airport to rescue passengers. Hebrew with English subtitles.
‘Second Time Around’
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Shea 14
This Canadian drama features a heart-warming love story about second chances. English. Speaker: Producer and co-writer Sherry Soules.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Shea 14
Deal making becomes riveting political drama in the true story of France’s health minister and her groundbreaking struggle to legalize abortion. French with English subtitles. Speaker: Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah.
‘Time to Say Goodbye’
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Shea 14
A lovesick German boy deals with the aftermath of his parents’ split – and his manhood – in this coming-of-age comedy. German with English subtitles.
3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Shea 14
Three friends who survived Auschwitz reconnect 15 years later at a seaside resort. French with English subtitles.
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Shea 14
George Segal, Rob Leibman and Ruth Gordon star in this 1970 black comedy about a troubled relationship between a lawyer and his senile mother. English.
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Shea 14
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Chandler Fashion 20
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Arrowhead Fountains 18
The friendships, childhood innocence and ultimately the lives of three musical virtuosos are tested when Nazis invade the Soviet Union. Recommended for ages 13 and over. German with English subtitles. Speaker at the Feb. 19 and 23 screenings: Janice Friebaum, past chair of Generations After - Descendants of Holocaust Survivors and Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association board member.