The 21st Annual Jewish Film Festival





Shel and Danni Gendelman Endowment Fund

Sylvia and Robert Seinfeld Jewish Film Festival Endowment Fund


Carrying on the rich tradition of celebrating the finest in Jewish films and filmmaking, the 2018 Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival features a variety of intriguing and engaging movies from around the world.  This year’s five-day festival includes thought-provoking films from Austria, France, Israel, The United States, Germany, Australia, South Africa, The Netherlands, and India.



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Sunday, October 7 • 7:30 pm The Samuel Project    

2018, United States • English, 93 minutes. • Director: Marc Fusco

Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the high school senior discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. This touching film illustrates how communication, compassion and understanding can heal past wounds— and how everyone emerges a better person because of that journey.

Sponsored by the Shel and Danni Gendelman Endowment Fund

Monday, October 8, 1:30 pm Shalom Bollywood

2017, Australia • English,  76 minutes • Director: Danny Ben-Moshe

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD reveals the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform onscreen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles, which they dominated for decades. The film focuses on the lives of five of the great Jewish actors. Infused with music and dancing, the cheekily told documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative.

In cooperation with Tapestry: Arts & Ideas from the JCC


Monday, October 8, 7:30 pm   Testament

2018, Austria, Israel • Hebrew, German, English, Yiddish, with English subtitles, 88 minutes • Director: Amichai Greenberg

Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of WWII in the village of Lensdorf. An influential family of industrialists, on whose land the murder took place, is planning to build a real estate project on the very same land. Yoel suspects that their aim is to bury the affair for good, but has trouble finding the conclusive evidence that would stop the project.

While investigating the incident Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and to his shock and surprise he finds a testimony given by his mother, a testimony he didn't know existed. In her testimony she confesses to a substantial secret from her past.

Yoel, who's conducting a double-investigation, personal and scientific, is trapped between walls of silence-on one side, denial of the Holocaust on the part of the villagers, and on the other, his mother's silence regarding her past. As a historian with an unshakeable commitment to the truth, he decides to continue his investigations even at the cost of ruining his personal and professional life. 

In cooperation with the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education & Resource Center


Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 pm An Act of Defiance

2017, South Africa, Netherlands • English, Afrikaan, 124 minutes • Director: Jean van de Velde

In this riveting historical drama, ten political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested.

With An Act of Defiance, Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde (The Silent Army) captures a dark period in South Africa's recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with spectacular courtroom intrigue while paying tribute to the legendary figures who fought to end segregation and corruption in their country. 

In cooperation with Tapestry: Arts & Ideas from the JCC


Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 pm    ITZHAK

2017, United States, English, 83 minutes, Director: Alison Chernick

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

In cooperation with Tapestry: Arts & Ideas from the JCC


Wednesday, October 10, 7:45 pm  Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

2018, United States, Israel, Japan, South Korea • English, • 87 minutes • Directors: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel's national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players? Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway?most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their “Mensch on the Bench” mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.

In cooperation with the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation


Thursday, October 11, 1:30 pm Shelter

2018, Germany, Israel, France • English, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles, 93 minutes • Director: Eran Riklis

Naomi, (Neta Riskin) an Israeli Mossad agent is sent to Germany to protect Mona (Golshifteh Farahani, Paterson), a Lebanese informant recovering from plastic surgery to assume her new identity. Together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg, the relationship that develops between the two women is soon exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned, choices are made, and their fate takes a surprising turn in a suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir. Also starring Lior Ashkenazi (Norman, Foxtrot). 

In cooperation with the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation



VIP (per person)                    $180  

7 Movie Package                   $72             

4 Night Package                    $45                 

3 Matinee Package                $30                 

Individual Films                     $12                  


  • 7 Films
  • Reserved Seat
  • Opening Reception


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Film Festival Chairs:

Cindy Benjamin

Ronna Bromberg Pachefsky


Film Festival Committee:

Elsie Crawford, Suzy Ettinger, Susan Friebert, Pam Kriger, Marie Kohler, Brian Mani, Keren Weisshaus, Eva Zaret


Film Festival Staff

Micki Seinfeld, Laurie Herman, Jody Hirsh


All shows will be presented at Marcus North Shore Theater

11700 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon

Gernerously Supported by  


Questions? Contact Micki Seinfeld at or 414-967-8235.