JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project encompassing the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals alongside original hybrid arts programming.
The Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 30th year, presents a robust lineup of international film premieres and sneak previews.
The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of the Washington Jewish Music Festival, which returns for its 21st edition.
All events are listed alphabetically. For a chronological schedule, click here.Calendar
Dir. Thor Klein
102 min | United Kingdom | Drive-In Screening Narrative
The evocative journey of Polish mathematician Stanisław Ulam follows the conflicted genius’ contributions to the Manhattan Project, and his ethical dilemma with the nuclear power he helped unleash.
Legendary Jewish bluegrass and mandolin maestro Andy Statman returns to JxJ with his trio.
Dir. Eric Esser
10 min | Germany | Short
A border in Europe. A painting by Paul Klee. A poem by Walter Benjamin. A film about yesterday and today, and how difficult it is to recognize one behind the other.
Dir. Peter Bebjak
94 min | Slovakia | Narrative Virtual Screening
Slovakia’s official entry to the 2021 Academy Awards. When two Slovak Jews escape from Auschwitz, they find themselves up against allies that don’t believe the truth.
AvevA is back! The opening night star of the 2016 Washington Jewish Music Festival returns with brand new music, blending pop, soul, and funk with traditional Ethiopian sounds.
Dir. Michael Kissinger
15 min | Canada | Short
A short, animated series based on Hinda Avery comic strip about an anxiety-ridden painter and her inner therapist.
Dir. Maya Armon
8 min | United Kingdom | Short
13-year-old Maya learns to take care of her younger brother, Guy, who gets bullied at school for his autism.
Dir. Becca Roth
14 min | USA | Short
A Jewish American family that visits their grandma (played by Tony and Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh) and uncovers a shocking secret that has been hidden for decades. A Chen Drachman production.
Dir. Stacy Jill Calvert
10 min | USA | Short
Becca is about to have her Bat Mitzvah, but her Nana insists she does one thing first: get a “real bra.”
93 min | AustraliaGermanyIsraelUSA | Shorts Program
A series of documentary shorts about extraordinary journeys, unexpected triumphs, and boundaries overcome—whether personal, geographic, or cultural.
César Lerner (piano, accordion, percussion) and Marcelo Moguilevsky (clarinet, sax, wooden flutes, harmonica) present a concert of tango, klezmer and jazz straight from Argentina.
Dir. Shuki Guzik
52 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
Muslim players on Israel’s national soccer team have their loyalty questioned by all sides in the midst of the team’s most important campaign of the year.
DC’s legendary street band collaborates with Seth Kibel and mixes Klezmer into their repertoire, performing throughout town before a finale blowout on the final day of the Festival.
Dir. Mika Orr
21 min | IsraelUSA | Short
A day in the life of May, an 8-year-old girl from Tel Aviv who is forced to move in with the girl she hates most in the world.
Dir. Brooke Ross
14 min | USA | Short
Frustrated by her inability to properly communicate her wants and needs with sexual partners, high school senior Izzy recruits town therapist Susan Rothman to teach her about love.
Dirs. Guy AmirHanan Savyon
104 min | Israel | Drive-In Screening Narrative
Popular writers and performers Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon (Maktub, JxJ 2019) team up for this buddy comedy/crime-caper set in the south of Israel near the Gaza border.
Dir. Josh Green
9 min | United Kingdom | Short
When a Jewish matriarch invites her son and his non-Jewish girlfriend over for Shabbat dinner, she has no intention of allowing their relationship to continue.
Dir. Karen Pearlman
12 min | Australia | Short
A queer, speculative love letter to Russian constructivist women.
Dir. Adi Mishnayot
29 min | Israel | Short
A wounded Israeli soldier finds himself turned into a war hero, and is unsure how to square his conflicted feeling about war with his newfound status.
Dirs. Veronica SelverSusan Fanshel
70 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
A beautiful documentary portrait of German Jewish émigré Irmi Selver (1906-2004), based on her memoirs.
PRESENTS UNTIL WHEN
Canadian supergroup Jaffa Road debut’s their latest Jewish-Spanish-Indian-Arabic album Until When.
Dir. Alicia J. Rose
75 min | USA | Narrative Virtual Screening
An artistic excommunication and mystical meta-musical about the greatest financial fraud in history.
Dir. Shirel Peleg
101 min | GermanyIsrael | Drive-In Screening Narrative
Two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, in this comic love story full of misadventure and discovery.
Dir. Maya Sarfaty
82 min | AustriaIsrael | Documentary Virtual Screening
The complicated, unbelievable, yet true love story of Helena, a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, and her SS captor.
Dirs. Tess GerritsenJosh Gerritsen
75 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
Why do Jews and Muslims forbid pork? This film searches for the ancient roots of the pig taboo and explores the centuries-long relationship between humans and pigs.
Dir. Mordechai Vardi
63 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
The story of three gay men and one woman who marry against their sexual orientation in order to fulfill religious and cultural expectations.
Dirs. Arkadij KhaetMickey Paatzsch
30 min | Germany | Short
A Russian-Jewish teenager living in Germany brings us on a darkly comic journey of contemporary Jewish identity.
PRESENTS A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO FLORY JAGODA
Sephardic fusion band Minnush pays tribute to the late, great, Flory Jagoda—one of the world’s leading Sephardic singers and composers.
PRESENTED BY MIRIAM ISAACS AND VLADIMIR FRIDMAN
The dynamic duo employ poetry and song to trace Miriam’s father’s WWII journey through Poland, the USSR, and Central Asia.
Dir. Oren Jacoby
82 min | USA | Documentary Drive-In Screening
An all-star cast—Helen Mirren, August Wilson, Viola Davis, Ian McKellen—take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.
Dir. Shira Billig
18 min | Israel | Short
After a bad breakup, Mika moves back home and becomes addicted to Atari video games.
Dir. Ole Christian Madsen
106 min | Denmark | Narrative Virtual Screening
The harrowing journey of four strangers forever connected by the February 2015 terrorist attacks in Copenhagen.
Dir. Yael Abecassis
77 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
Camera in hand, internationally-acclaimed Israeli actress Yaël Abecassis follows her mother—legendary Moroccan singer Raymonde—in an attempt to understand and redefine their relationship.
Dir. Oliver Murray
102 min | United Kingdom | Documentary Drive-In Screening
A joyous and visually stunning film capturing the spirit of Ronnie Scott’s famous Soho jazz club, home to jazz icons from Ella Fitzgerald to Miles Davis and Nina Simone.
71 min | IsraelUnited KingdomUSA | Shorts Program
This series of shorts focuses on the lives of boss girls, tracking their lives as they come to understand and embrace their true power. These films are edgy, fun, hilarious, musical, and life-affirming—as diverse and worthy of your admiration as the women and girls that keep this world running.
Dir. Freida Lee Mock
89 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
In this scintillating documentary from Academy-Award winning director Freida Lee Mock, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the challenges she faced to make it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Dir. Eyal Resh
16 min | USA | Short
An animated short film that brings to life the remarkable childhood journey of Dr. Ruth, her escape from Nazi Germany, and the choices that made her who she is today.
Dir. Viesturs Kairišs
90 min | Czech RepublicLatviaLithuania | Narrative Virtual Screening
A sign painter in 1940s Latvia is caught in a love triangle; meanwhile, his signs start to reflect the country’s changing politics.
Dir. Kaveh Nabatian
95 min | CanadaCuba | Narrative Virtual Screening
An Afro-Cuban couple see a Canadian tourist as their ticket off the island.
Dir. Rob Cooper
24 min | USA | Short
In 1996, NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman brought a small Torah scroll on board Space Shuttle Columbia. On Shabbat, while orbiting Earth, he read from the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Dir. Eytan Fox
90 min | Israel | Narrative Virtual Screening
In the latest from Eytan Fox, a travel writer arrives in Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy, hoping the city’s energy and a relationship with a younger man brign him back to life.
Dir. Gabriel Bologna
115 min | USA | Drive-In Screening Narrative
Rabbi Moshe Yehuda is about to discover following your dreams can be rather unorthodox in the feel-good comedy of the year.
Join us for our 11th annual exploration of the daily challenges of Arab citizens of Israel. Featuring a screening of A Common Goal and a conversation with film director Shuki Guzik and Bedouin Arab Israeli tennis player Shadi Altori. Moderated by Erica Shaps of the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues.
PRESENTS LA NONA KANTA: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF FLORY JAGODA
A celebration of the recently departed legend of Sephardic song, Flory Jagoda, with live music by Trio Sefardi.
Dirs. Emily FelderChrista Whitney
60 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
Israeli actress Hadas Kalderon travels to Lithuania to gain a deeper understanding of her grandfather, the accomplished poet Avrom Sutzkever.
Activist documentary filmmaker Ginger Gentile moderates a discussions with the creative team behind A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff—Director Alicia J. Rose, Writer and Subject Alicia Jo Rabins, and producer Lara Cuddy.
A conversation with Josh Gerritsen (Director and Producer) and Tess Gerritsen (Director and Producer) about their documentary Magnificent Beast, which explored the storied and complex relationship between humans and pigs.
A panel discussion around the topics and themes raised in the documentary Marry Me However, which centers on LGBTQ Jews who enter heterosexual marriages to fulfill religious and societal expecations.
Founder and CEO of the Wrap, Sharon Waxman, moderates a discussion about the Justice’s legacy, life and memory with Freida Mock, Marcia Greenberger, and Kathleen Paretis
Justin Cammy, professor of Jewish Studies and of World Literatures at Smith College, moderates a conversation with Christa P. Whitney (co-director and producer) and Emily Felder (co-director and editor).
Dir. Emily Nesha Streim
8 min | USA | Short
A Washington, DC film student, unable to produce a long-anticipated film due to health risks and stay-at-home orders, chronicles her and her family’s journey through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Master teacher Naomi Jacobson, an award-winning actress and nominator for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, guides us through the performance techniques that we can see on the silver screen.
Dir. Kellie Welborn
40 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
World Premiere. The story of the world’s only anti-profit, collectively run, worker self-managed, Kosher restaurant—created in the DC area by a group of idealists in 1975.
101 min | CanadaGermanyUnited KingdomUSA | Shorts Program
Try as we might, we can’t outrun our family, our history, or our identity. This group of short films examines the intricate relationship between who we are today, and the people, ideas and cultures that reared us.
Dir. Levi Zini
90 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
The story of the long and tumultuous journey of the Jewish Ethiopian community as they find their way back to the heart of the Jewish people—Jerusalem.
PRESENTED BY MIRIAM ISAACS AND VLADIMIR FRIDMAN
Yiddishist Miriam Isaacs partners with virtuoso guitarist and singer Vladimir Fridman for a celebration of the sounds and stories of Yiddish theater.