Opening Night | Baba Joon

Sponsored by The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation

Dir. Yuval Delshad
(91 min, Israel, 2015)
Hebrew and Farsi with English subtitles

Israel’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award® is a tender tale of a generational divide and immigrant experience.

Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built after they immigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti turns 13, Yitzhak teaches him the trade in hopes that he will take over the family business — but Moti’s dreams lie elsewhere. The arrival of an uncle from America further ratchets up the tension and the family’s tight bonds are put to the test.

Opening Night Party, with Director Yuval Delshad, will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza immediately following the screening.

Catering by Provisions.

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 pm
AFI Silver Theatre

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Additional Screening
Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema

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Closing Night | A Tale of Love and Darkness

Sponsored by The Melvin and Estelle Gelman Foundation – Elise and Marc Lefkowitz

Dir. Natalie Portman
(98 min, Israel/USA, 2015)
Hebrew with English subtitles

Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman debuts as a director (and screenwriter) with this hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir. In this dream-like tale, Portman inhabits Fania—Oz’s mother—who brings up her son in Jerusalem during the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Dissatisfied with her marriage, and disoriented by the foreign land surrounding her, Fania escapes into elaborate, fanciful stories of make-believe — bringing her adoring, wide-eyed son along.


Sunday, March 6, 7:15 pm – Sold Out
AFI Silver Theatre

Sunday, March 6, 7:30 pm – Sold Out
AFI Silver Theatre

Sunday, March 6, 9:45 pm
AFI Silver Theatre

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Spotlight Evening | Avalon

Evening sponsored by The Dweck Family

Dir. Barry Levinson
(128 min, USA, 1990)

An evocative, nostalgic film that celebrates the virtues of family life, Avalon begins with Jewish immigrant Sam Krichinsky (beautifully portrayed by Armin Mueller-Stahl) arriving in America on July 4th. He settles in Baltimore with his brothers and raises a family. Director Barry Levinson traces various transitions within the Krichinsky family and conveys his appreciation for the anxieties that afflict the suburban middleclass – and multiple generations of immigrants in particular.

Due to a health issue, Armin Mueller-Stahl will not be able to attend the WJFF Visionary Award Ceremony as originally planned.

Our screening of Avalon will proceed as scheduled. Following the film, Professor Peter Beicken will deliver a presentation about Mueller-Stahls’s contribution to cinema as well as his work as a painter, musician, and writer.

Thursday, March 3, 6:45 pm
AFI Silver Theatre

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Spotlight Evening | Compared to What?
The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

Dir. Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler
(90 min, USA, 2014)

A polarizing, revolutionary, effective and a most-singular figure in American politics, Barney Frank shaped the debate around progressive values and gay rights in the US Congress for over 40 years. A fresh and contemporary political drama with unparalleled access to one of Congress’ first openly gay Representatives, and easily one of the most captivating public figures in recent memory.

Born Jewish, and a longtime friend to the Jewish community and supporter of Israel, Frank is refreshingly honest, likeable and passionate – a beacon of statesmanship that politicians and citizens alike, can look to for inspiration.

Both screenings followed by a discussion with Barney Frank, husband Jim Ready and filmmakers Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler.

Tuesday, March 1, 6:15 pm
Avalon Theatre

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Wednesday, March 2, 6:15 pm

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Spotlight Evening | Gary Lucas’ Fleischerei:
Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Sponsored by The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation

And now, for something different! Celebrating the release of the titular album—on Silver Spring based label Cuneiform legendary guitarist Gary Lucas joins forces with Tony®-nominated singer and actress Sarah Stiles (Avenue Q, Hand to God) for a loving musical tribute to the swinging, jazzy soundtracks that adorned master animator Max Fleischer’s surreal, wacky and Yiddish-inflected Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons of the 1930’s.

Backed by the cartoons themselves, and the cream of NYC’s jazz performers (Jeff Lederer on reeds, Rob Jost on bass, Rob Garcia on drums and Mingus Big Band’s Joe Fiedler on trombone), Lucas and Stiles have a rare evening in store. Get ready for a swirling meltingpot of jungle-band jazz, Tin Pan Alley torch songs, raucous vaudeville turns, and Dixieland mixed with a pinch of Klezmer.

Saturday, March 5, 8:30 pm
AFI Silver Theatre

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