New York Jewish Film Festival

1:00PM & 6:00PM
"Peshmerga" (U.S. PREMIERE) — In 2015, French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy sought to understand the psychology and culture of those embroiled with ISIS in the Middle East. Accompanied by a team of cameramen, Lévy traveled through Iraqi Kurdistan, encountering Kurdish fighters who show unfailing determination in their fight against jihadi fundamentalism. In Kurdish, Arabic, English, and French with English subtitles. Director Bernard-Henri Lévy in person for Q&A at both screenings. 

"Hummus! The Movie" (NY PREMIERE) — Three Israelis — a young Christian Arab, a dread-head turned Hasidic Jew, and the only woman to own her own business in the Arab market — are brought together by their love for a common dietary staple: hummus. In English, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles. Filmmakers Michal Lee Sapir and Oren Rosenfeld in person for Q&A. Screening with "Numbers Guy."

"Numbers Guy" (NY PREMIERE) — From behind his counter in Toronto, cashier David delivers more than your purchase; funny, fascinating trivia about facts and figures await his customers. Directed by Vanessa Jung. Screening with "Hummus! The Movie."

"Scarred Hearts," (NYC PREMIERE) — Set in 1937 and inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher's novel. Emanuel, a young intellectual with a penchant for poetry, spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis. Despite his condition, he falls in love, quotes literature, and encourages fellow patients to live life fully, which includes listening to jazz and throwing the occasional drunken party. Meanwhile, outside, fascism is on the rise. Director Radu Jude’s richly detailed camerawork—shot on 35mm film in the full-screen, square Academy ratio—provides a master class in mise-en-scène. 2016. In Romanian and German with English subtitles.

The year 2017 marks the 26th edition of the New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan. 11-Jan. 24). We are delighted to be continuing our partnership between the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center to bring you the finest narrative and documentary films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience. This year’s festival features a wide-ranging and exciting lineup of films and shorts from the iconic to the iconoclastic. Including global, U.S., and New York premieres, a tribute to actress and cabaret artist Valeska Gert, a screening of Mel Brooks’s "The Producers," and a related poster exhibition honoring the life and work of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, this year’s NYJFF will entertain film lovers from all backgrounds.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (All day)


Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th St.
New York, NY 10023

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