JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival Announces 2019 Film Selections
Film Festival Runs March 1 – March 17
Chicago, IL – February 5, 2019 – The 6th annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival has announced its selections for the 2019 season. This year, the festival, which runs March 1 – 17, features 43 films at venues across the city and suburbs: ArcLight Theaters in Glenview and Chicago; Cinemark Theatres in Deer Park and Evanston; the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview; and, special screenings at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie and the Hotel at Midtown in Chicago.
“The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival has become an anticipated cultural experience for our community and beyond,” said Ilene Uhlmann, Director, Arts and Ideas, JCC Chicago. “It is our true privilege to curate a festival filled with so much talent— so many beautiful films that entertain and educate, films that will spark conversation and reflection.”
The 2019 festival features a world premiere, 12 Midwest premieres and 4 Chicago premieres, all totaling 96 screenings over the course of the three weekends. Insightful talkbacks by those instrumental to the films accompany many of the screenings.
The 2019 JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is a celebration of strength and resilience, as well as a tribute to strong female protagonists whose experiences made a difference for their families and the world. Golda’s Balcony, a one-woman film about Israel’s fearless, first and only woman to serve as Prime Minister, is brought to life through the critically-acclaimed performance by Tovah Feldshuh. Grateful, a closer-to-home story about mom and wife, Jenni Berebitsky, who has ALS, has left audiences laughing through tears and in awe of this brave and inspirational woman. The timely feature film, Working Woman, is a drama from Israel about an ambitious career woman who struggles to restore her dignity after receiving unwanted advances in the workplace.
“It is an honor to bring important figures to screens across our communities,” shared Addie Goodman, President and CEO, JCC Chicago. “The themes explored throughout the festival are both human and universal. The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival has grown from modest beginnings to engaging over 12,000 movie lovers in 2018. This year’s festival is poised to again engage record audiences through the diverse selection of film and special events.”
The 2019 JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival selections can be found here.
JCC Chicago is a non-profit organization inspired by Jewish values, bridging traditions and generations to create a more vibrant, connected community. JCC Chicago is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.