Calendar

Jan
29
Wed
Rhythm & Jews: Jews & The Birth of Rock and Roll
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Rhythm & Jews: Jews & The Birth of Rock and Roll @ Cafritz Hall

Award-winning musicians Daryl Davis and Seth Kibel present a special evening of story and song celebrating the Jewish songwriters and producers behind the scenes of the first decade of rock ‘n roll.

While none of the marquee names of the first decade of rock and roll were Jewish, many of the key figures behind the scenes were.  Songwriters like Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Doc Pomus, Carole King. Producers like Leonard and Phil Chess, Jerry Wexler, and Phil Spector.  And legendary DJs and promoters like Alan Freed.

Daryl and Seth will bring their stories to life through the music of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and more.

Jan
30
Thu
Spider in the Web
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Spider in the Web @ Cafritz Hall
Dir. Eran Riklis | 113 min
Narrative | Belgium, Israel, Netherlands, Portugal | 2019
English and Hebrew with English subtitles

 

Directed by Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride) and based on true events, this engrossing spy thriller stars Sir Ben Kingsley as Adereth, an aging Mossad agent.

While Adereth is on a secret service operation across Holland and Belgium, he finds himself trailed by a young agent (Itay Tiran, Hostages) as well as the enigmatic Angela (Monica Bellucci).

Haunted by his past, he is forced to question the web of lies he’s spun over his lifetime, and realizes the hunter may become the hunted in a world of mirrors and deceit.

Feb
7
Fri
Echo
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Echo @ Cafritz Hall
Dirs. Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir
98 min | Narrative Israel | 2018
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Nominated – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Music, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2018

Having been married for 15 years, Ella and Avner seem to their friends to be the perfect couple. Avner’s faith in his marriage, however, takes a hit when he accidentally finds out that Ella is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her, he starts recording her phone calls, repeatedly listening to them in an attempt to find clues, and possible reasons. The discoveries he makes about the woman he thought he knew and understood shatter his world, and his family. Superbly written, directed and acted, Echo is a suspenseful and stylish psychological thriller starring Yael Abecassis and Yoram Toledano (who both starred in the enormously popular Prisoners of War, the Israeli forerunner to Homeland).

-Note adapted from the UK Jewish Film Festival

Feb
8
Sat
Echo
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Echo @ Cafritz Hall
Dirs. Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir
98 min | Narrative Israel | 2018
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Nominated – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Music, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2018

Having been married for 15 years, Ella and Avner seem to their friends to be the perfect couple. Avner’s faith in his marriage, however, takes a hit when he accidentally finds out that Ella is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her, he starts recording her phone calls, repeatedly listening to them in an attempt to find clues, and possible reasons. The discoveries he makes about the woman he thought he knew and understood shatter his world, and his family. Superbly written, directed and acted, Echo is a suspenseful and stylish psychological thriller starring Yael Abecassis and Yoram Toledano (who both starred in the enormously popular Prisoners of War, the Israeli forerunner to Homeland).

-Note adapted from the UK Jewish Film Festival

Echo
Feb 8 @ 8:10 pm – 9:55 pm
Echo @ Cafritz Hall
Dirs. Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir
98 min | Narrative Israel | 2018
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Nominated – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Music, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2018

Having been married for 15 years, Ella and Avner seem to their friends to be the perfect couple. Avner’s faith in his marriage, however, takes a hit when he accidentally finds out that Ella is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her, he starts recording her phone calls, repeatedly listening to them in an attempt to find clues, and possible reasons. The discoveries he makes about the woman he thought he knew and understood shatter his world, and his family. Superbly written, directed and acted, Echo is a suspenseful and stylish psychological thriller starring Yael Abecassis and Yoram Toledano (who both starred in the enormously popular Prisoners of War, the Israeli forerunner to Homeland).

-Note adapted from the UK Jewish Film Festival

Feb
9
Sun
Echo
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Echo @ Cafritz Hall
Dirs. Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir
98 min | Narrative Israel | 2018
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Nominated – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Music, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2018

Having been married for 15 years, Ella and Avner seem to their friends to be the perfect couple. Avner’s faith in his marriage, however, takes a hit when he accidentally finds out that Ella is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her, he starts recording her phone calls, repeatedly listening to them in an attempt to find clues, and possible reasons. The discoveries he makes about the woman he thought he knew and understood shatter his world, and his family. Superbly written, directed and acted, Echo is a suspenseful and stylish psychological thriller starring Yael Abecassis and Yoram Toledano (who both starred in the enormously popular Prisoners of War, the Israeli forerunner to Homeland).

-Note adapted from the UK Jewish Film Festival

Echo
Feb 9 @ 3:10 pm – 4:55 pm
Echo @ Cafritz Hall
Dirs. Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir
98 min | Narrative Israel | 2018
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Nominated – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Music, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2018

Having been married for 15 years, Ella and Avner seem to their friends to be the perfect couple. Avner’s faith in his marriage, however, takes a hit when he accidentally finds out that Ella is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her, he starts recording her phone calls, repeatedly listening to them in an attempt to find clues, and possible reasons. The discoveries he makes about the woman he thought he knew and understood shatter his world, and his family. Superbly written, directed and acted, Echo is a suspenseful and stylish psychological thriller starring Yael Abecassis and Yoram Toledano (who both starred in the enormously popular Prisoners of War, the Israeli forerunner to Homeland).

-Note adapted from the UK Jewish Film Festival

Echo
Feb 9 @ 5:20 pm – 7:05 pm
Echo @ Cafritz Hall
Dirs. Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir
98 min | Narrative Israel | 2018
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Nominated – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Music, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2018

Having been married for 15 years, Ella and Avner seem to their friends to be the perfect couple. Avner’s faith in his marriage, however, takes a hit when he accidentally finds out that Ella is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her, he starts recording her phone calls, repeatedly listening to them in an attempt to find clues, and possible reasons. The discoveries he makes about the woman he thought he knew and understood shatter his world, and his family. Superbly written, directed and acted, Echo is a suspenseful and stylish psychological thriller starring Yael Abecassis and Yoram Toledano (who both starred in the enormously popular Prisoners of War, the Israeli forerunner to Homeland).

-Note adapted from the UK Jewish Film Festival

Feb
13
Thu
Echo
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Echo @ Cafritz Hall
Dirs. Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir
98 min | Narrative Israel | 2018
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Nominated – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Music, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2018

Having been married for 15 years, Ella and Avner seem to their friends to be the perfect couple. Avner’s faith in his marriage, however, takes a hit when he accidentally finds out that Ella is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her, he starts recording her phone calls, repeatedly listening to them in an attempt to find clues, and possible reasons. The discoveries he makes about the woman he thought he knew and understood shatter his world, and his family. Superbly written, directed and acted, Echo is a suspenseful and stylish psychological thriller starring Yael Abecassis and Yoram Toledano (who both starred in the enormously popular Prisoners of War, the Israeli forerunner to Homeland).

-Note adapted from the UK Jewish Film Festival

Feb
14
Fri
The Mamboniks
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Mamboniks @ Cafritz Hall
Dir. Lex Gillespie | 90 min
Documentary | United States | 2019 | English

Back By Popular Demand! A hit at JxJ 2019

During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell head over heels for the mambo, a hot dance from Havana, Cuba. Their love for Latin rhythms earned them a nickname: the mamboniks.

DC-based filmmaker Lex Gillespie tracks their joyous story from the Jewish resorts of the Catskills, to Manhattan’s famed Palladium Ballroom, Florida’s Gold Coast Ballroom and of course Havana. Featuring the infectious sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaría, Gillespie explores how Jewish people, Latinos and African-Americans met on the dance floor at a time when America was racially segregated, and anti-Semitism was commonplace.

Director Lex Gillespie in conversation after select screenings: Sunday, February 16, 3:00 PM and Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 PM.