New York Jewish Film Festival 2019: Documentary Overview

The 28th New York Jewish Film Festival

January 9-22

This annual event, co-presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, offers eight documentary features among its 21 new feature offerings.


Making its world premiere is Veronica Gonzalez Peña’s PAT STEIR: ARTIST, a portrait of the pioneering painter; while US premieres are Stephane Kaas’ ETGAR KERET: BASED ON A TRUE STORY, which profiles the Israeli author; and Taliya Finkel’s MOHAMED AND ANNA: IN PLAIN SIGHT, about an Arab Egyptian doctor who saved a Jewish woman during WWII by disguising her as a Muslim.


NYC premieres at the festival include Roberta Grossman’s WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY, on a secret archive created by Jews within the Warsaw Ghetto; Uri Barbash’s BLACK HONEY: THE LIFE AND POETRY OF AVRAHAM SUTZKEVER, about the Russian-born poet who saved Jewish manuscripts during WWII; Oren Rudavsky’s JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, on the Jewish immigrant-turned-media giant; Elizabeth Rynecki’s CHASING PORTRAITS, which follows the filmmaker’s efforts to track down her great-grandfather’s art collection, dispersed during the war; and Rubi Gat’s DEAR FREDY, about an openly gay German Jew and his fate during WWII.

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