Washington Jewish Film Festival 2019

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival alongside original cutting edge hybrid arts programming—all presented as one massive three-week experience, taking over the greater Washington region from May 8-26.

Films

  • The Accountant of Auschwitz - Buy Tickets
    Thursday, May 23 6:10 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
    Sunday, May 26 2:45 PM AFI Silver Theatre
    Co-presented by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 3GDC – Washington DC Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, AJC Global Jewish Advocacy, Washington Embassy of Germany, Goethe-Institut Washington and introduced by Elisabeth B. White (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
     
    In 2015, 94-years old Oskar Gröning—the Accountant of Auschwitz—was finally prosecuted for the murder of 300,000 Jews. This gripping documentary presents the race against time to prosecute the last living Nazi war criminals, while raising questions about the very nature of justice.
     
  • Black Honey: The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutzkever - Buy Tickets
    Thursday, May 9 6:30 PM E Street Cinema
    Sunday, May 19 1:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

    Often regarded as the greatest Yiddish writer of modern times, Avraham Sutzekver saved Jewish manuscripts from the Nazis, survived WWII after Stalin sent him a private rescue plane, and testified in the Nuremberg Trials.
     
  • The Einstein of Sex - Buy Tickets
    Saturday, May 11 1:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre
    co-presented by the Goethe-Institut; introduced and post-screening discussion moderated by Richard Wetzell (GHI Washington)
     

    Throughout the decade leading up to the Third Reich, German-Jewish sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld and his peers fight to challenge and abolish anti-homosexuality laws in the Weimar Republic.
     
  • Mack the Knife: Brecht's Threepenny Opera - Buy Tickets
    Saturday, May 18 8:35 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
    Saturday, May 25 8:00 AM AFI Silver Theatre
    Co-presented by the Embassy of Germany and the Goethe-Institut Washington
     

    Against all odds, Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera becomes a phenomenal success, and the film industry picks up the scent, seeking to make the master direct a film version of his "play with music."
     
  • The Tobacconist - Buy Tickets
    Sunday, May 26 7:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre
    Co-presented by the Embassy of Germany and the Goethe-Institut Washington
     

    A tender tale of a young man's friendship with Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz) during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.