New York Jewish Film Festival 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 28th New York Jewish Film Festival

Dates:
January 10-23

About:
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.

PRAISE THE LARD

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.

TRACKING EDITH

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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