New York Jewish Film Festival 2016: Documentary Overview

nyjffThe 26th annual New York Jewish Film Festival opens tonight, Wednesday, January 11, and runs through Tuesday, January 24. The event, co-presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum, has a smaller lineup than in the past, presenting just over 20 new and retrospective features, including 11 new works of nonfiction.

shalomrabin-1_lgAmong these offerings are the world premieres of SHALOM RABIN (pictured), Amos Gitai’s essay film of the months prior to the controversial Israeli leader’s assassination; and ANGEL WAGENSTEIN: ART IS A WEAPON, Andrea Simon’s portrait of the Cannes award-winning Bulgarian Jewish director and author.

doingjewish-1_lgUS premieres include Gabrielle Zilkha’s DOING JEWISH: A STORY FROM GHANA (pictured), which follows the filmmaker as she connects with African Jews; and Giovanni Troilo’s WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: TRIUMPHS AND LAMENTS, a behind-the-scenes look at the Jewish South African artist as he undertakes a massive project in Rome.

thepatriarchsroom-1_lgFinally, New York City premieres appearing at the fest are Danae Elon’s THE PATRIARCH’S ROOM (pictured), about Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church leader, living under house arrest; and Oren Rosenfeld’s HUMMUS! THE MOVIE, which profiles three diverse Israelis and the food that connects them.

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