New York Jewish Film Festival 2018: Documentary Overview

The 27th New York Jewish Film Festival

January 10-23

Not counting retrospective programming, 16 recent features – among them just nine documentaries or hybrids – make up the lineup of this event copresented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Making their US premiere at the festival this year are: Daniel Najenson’s THE IMPURE, about the development of Jewish prostitution in Argentina; Chen Shelach’s PRAISE THE LARD, about Israel’s pork industry; Amos Gitai’s WEST OF THE JORDAN RIVER, following the acclaimed director back to the Occupied Territories; Su Goldfish’s THE LAST GOLDFISH, the story of the filmmaker’s discovery of her Jewish family background, and Piotr Rosolowski and Elwira Niewiera’s THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK, on the complicated history of a silent film producer.


NYC debuts are: Claus Raefle’s hybrid THE INVISIBLES, revealing the stories of four Jews surviving in a supposedly Jew-free Nazi Berlin; Radu Jude’s THE DEAD NATION, an essay on antisemitism in pre-WWII Romania; and Peter Stephan Jungk’s TRACKING EDITH, which follows the filmmaker’s investigation of his Soviet double agent spy aunt. Also screening at the festival is non-premiere SAMMY DAVIS JR: I’VE GOTTA BE ME, Sam Pollard’s tribute to the legendary song-and-dance man.

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