Chicago Jewish Film Fesival

Wednesday 4 June 2014 –

The Jewish Community Center of Chicago is proud to host the first ever Chicago Jewish Film Festival (CJFF). The CJFF will bring the Chicago community together to experience films with a wide range of themes and perspectives. This festival is providing the City with artistic and educational excitement through a Jewish lens.

The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago is proud to host the first Chicago Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), celebrating world film artistry from a wide range of themes and perspectives, through a Jewish lens. From June 19-29, 2014 CJFF will take place at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago and the CineMark/Century Theatre in Evanston. Visit your nearest JCC Chicago location for any available festival brochures. For more information call 224-406-9257 or email or visit


Thursday, June 19th, 2014

  • 7:00pm: Before The Revolution
  • 8:30pm: La Rafle

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

  • 1:30pm: Blumenthal
  • 3:30pm: Transparent
  • 6:00pm: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
  • 8:00pm: The Pin

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

  • 1:30pm: Megillas Lester
  • 3:30pm: Crime After Crime
  • 6:00pm: Hannah Arendt
  • 8:15pm: Precious Life


Tickets are available in advance to purchase online. Tickets will not be sold over the phone except through sponsorship. Tickets available at the events are on a first come, first serve basis and the theaters are all general admission, no assigned seating.

Tickets – $12
Seniors/students – $10
8 Film Festival Pass – $60


  • Thu 19 Jun 2014, 7:00pm

Before The Revolution (2013)

directed by Dan Shadur

During the 60’s and 70’s thousands of Israelis are living in Tehran, enjoying a special relationship with the Shah. By the time their ‘Iranian Paradise’ is turning into hell, it is almost too late.

  • Thu 19 Jun 2014, 8:30pm

La Rafle (2010)

directed by Rose Bosch starring Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh

Picturesque Montmarte, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France, until Hitler demands that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination.

  • Sat 21 Jun 2014, 1:30pm

Blumenthal (2013)

directed by Seth Fisher starring Brian Cox, Fred Melamed, Maureen Sebastian

Celebrated playwright, Harold Blumenthal, has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at his own joke. Harold’s estranged brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups.

  • Sat 21 Jun 2014, 3:30pm

Transparent (2014)

directed by Jill Soloway starring Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass

Amazon Original Series: Created by native Chicagoan Jill Soloway. An LA family, with serious boundary issues, unravels when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out.
Panel discussion -”Transgender issues and their families”

  • Sat 21 Jun 2014, 6:00pm

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love (2013)

directed by Dori Berinstein

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Dori Berinstein directs this deeply personal, insider portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time. Candid new interviews include Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Sir Tim Rice, Joe Torre, Woody Allen. *Also including “I Remember Barbra” (1981) Documentary
Directed by Kevin Burns*

  • Sat 21 Jun 2014, 8:00pm

The Pin (2013)

directed by Naomi Jaye starring Milda Gecaite, Grisha Pasternak, Paskal Vaklev

Two young people experience love and loss while in hiding during WWII. After a life of regret, the young man, now old, is faced with an opportunity for redemption.

  • Sun 22 Jun 2014, 1:30pm

Megillas Lester (2014)

directed by CJ Kramer starring Michael Bihovsky, Noah Bird, Jeanne Intile Burns

Megillas Lester is a full-length animated feature film depicting the fictional story of Doniel Lesterovitch (Lester); a boy whose imagination turns the Purim story upside down.

  • Sun 22 Jun 2014, 3:30pm

Crime After Crime (2011)

directed by Yoav Potash starring Deborah Peagler, Joshua Safran, Nadia Costa

Documentary film on the dramatic legal battle, an Orthodox Jewish Lawyer’s attempts to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her.

  • Sun 22 Jun 2014, 6:00pm

Hannah Arendt (2012)

directed by Margarethe von Trotta starring Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer

A brilliant new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist and her reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker.

  • Sun 22 Jun 2014, 8:15pm

Precious Life (2010)

directed by Shlomi Eldar

With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. *Discussion with filmmaker Shlomi Eldar after June 22
Co-sponsor: ShPIeL-Performing Identity Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre*

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