Announcing the 2023 JxJ Festival Lineup

By JxJ March 27, 2023

The JxJ Festival returns this May with a diverse slate of over 70 in-person screenings, concerts, and artist talks, presented at the Edlavitch DCJCC, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema, and Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax.

Browse the full lineup, book your tickets, or purchase a pass today. Take a look at some of our major programming tracks below.

Big Nights
Celebrate opening night with June Zero, and close out the festivities with Matchmaker and Paris Boutique. In between, don’t miss our keynote conversation “The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel” and our celebration of Israel at 75: Shalva Band.

Tour a world of music with 6 international concerts, including folk band Nefesh Mountain, Israeli jazz group Atempo Trio, and Musician-In-Residence Seth Kibel.  Concerts all take place at the EDCJCC.

Our exciting documentaries take us to places and lives that are not our own. From suspenseful thriller Closed Circuit to the life of Israeli-French modern artists in The Seven Years of Absalon, discovery, humanity, and art are the forefront of the documentaries this year.

Rom-Coms and Love Stories
Love stories that defy decades, nations, and belief, our schedule is chockful of the joyful and the bittersweet. Don’t miss gripping emotional films like America, March ’68, or The Shadow of the Day.

Our shorts this year focus on female directors from the DMV area. From fiction to documentary and horror to refugee stories, these shorts from talented local directors Hannah Dweck, Beth Mendelson, and Abigail Tannebaum Sharon are sure to mesmerize and thrill our audiences.

Our historicals transport you to a different time and place, giving you a window into the lives and loves of others. This year we’re showing The Story of Annette Zelman and Shttl, among others.