The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival Announces 2018 Film Selections
Film Festival Runs March 1 – March 18 at ArcLight and Cinemark Theaters and at the IHMEC
Chicago, IL – February 1, 2018 – The 5th Annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival returns for its biggest year yet, with more than 31 films being shown at six preeminent venues, running March 1 – March 18, 2018. This year, the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is proud to partner with ArcLight and Cinemark Theaters to show film in theaters across the city and suburbs, as well as special screenings at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC).
The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival features a compelling and diverse selection of films, including narratives, comedies, documentaries and shorts, that will stir emotion and inspire conversation. This year, the festival includes several masterfully told films that give a powerful voice to issues of social justice and the human experience with raw, emotional, occasionally uncomfortable, real life stories told to inform, educate and connect the community. These films, along with the selection of heart-warming shorts and feature length comedies and dramas, come together to create a film festival infused with stories of love, loss, learning and survival.
The most anticipated films of the 2018 festival include: 1945, the critically-acclaimed film about two mysterious strangers who appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village; An Israel Love Story, the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary, from Nahalal, and Eli Ben–Zvi, son of the second President of the State of Israel; Shot in the Dark, a nationally-recognized documentary that follows three members of the Orr Academy basketball team who find refuge from gang violence on the basketball court; and Muhi- Generally Temporary, the true story of a brave and spirited boy from Gaza who has been living in an Israeli hospital, the only home he has ever known.
“We’re proud to bring this culturally significant selection of films to Chicago and to our community,” said Ilene Uhlmann, Director of the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival. “There are so many fantastic choices this year, so many stories to get lost in, so many stories to learn from. There are films about Jewish life, films told through a Jewish lens and films that honor Tikkun Olam, meaning to repair the world.”
The 2018 JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival selections can be found here.
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