Founded in 2011, the Michiana Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) has been a growing success in the community. Through its partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and the University of Notre Dame, the Jewish Federation brings superb, and sometimes cutting edge and controversial, Jewish-themed cinema to the greater Michiana community.


Due to our continued success, many of our films sell out, filling the Browning Cinema’s 212 seats. Please purchase tickets in advance at the DeBartolo Box-office to avoid missing out.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Michiana Jewish Film Festival please contact The Jewish Federation by email or by calling 574-233-1164.


Become a Sponsor!

We can accept sponsorships year round! Whether you want to make a personal donation or underwrite a night of the festival with your buisness logo, please feel free to contact us for more information. 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 year, please take a look at our Sponsorship Form, complete the process online,
or contact the Federation by calling 574-233-1164.

Come for the films, stay for the company!


Films from the 2018 Festival

Monday Evening's Films Underwritten by WNIT.

Monday, May 14 at 5:15 PM—Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit (short film)

You can purchase tickets for the 5:15 PM screening and see a trailer for the 5:30 feature by clicking here.
Women artisans of different faiths and parts of the world join together in an ambitious and unifying project to recreate the entire Torah scroll in needlepoint.

5:30 PM—Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY goes behind the public persona of a Hollywood starlet to reveal the thwarted ambitions of a brilliant inventor. Known for her glamour and sex appeal, Lamarr rose to fame in the 1930s and ‘40s. An Austrian Jewish émigré who fled her Nazi sympathizer husband, she pursued a future in show business while co-inventing and   patenting a secret WW II communications system that is the foundation of today’s wireless technology. Lamarr narrates her story through never-before-heard audio recordings, augmented by interviews with surviving family, friends and luminaries.


Monday, May 14 at 8:00 PM—Foxtrot

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Michael and Dafna  (Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler) experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists – a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. 
Recommended for mature audiences.

Tuesday Evening's Films Underwritten by the Kurt & Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance.

Tuesday, May 15 at 5:15 PM—116 Cameras (short film)  

You can purchase tickets for the 5:15 PM screening and see a trailer for the 5:30 feature by clicking here.
Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister and an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor, takes part in an  innovative project that captures her emotional testimony and creates interactive holograms, to preserve her vivid memories to educate future generations. 

5:30 PM — GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WW II

GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WW II tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. Like all American service members, they fought against fascism, but they also waged a more personal fight—to save their brethren in Europe. From the terror of the front lines to the heartbreak of liberating concentration camps, these events redefined Jewish identification with American democratic ideals.

Tuesday, May 15 at 8:00 PM — 1945

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An unwelcome arrival forces a remote Hungarian town to reckon with its wartime sins, in the gripping drama, 1945. With preparations underway for an uneasy wedding, tensions are already high when two strangers—an elderly Orthodox Jew and his adult son—appear at the train station with mysterious large wooden boxes in tow. Are they Holocaust survivors here to reclaim the locals’ ill-gotten gains, seek retribution, or expose complicity in wartime crimes? The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly.

Wednesday Evening's Films Underwritten by Cari & Barry Shein.

Wednesday, May 16 at 5:15 PM—El Hara (short film) 

You can purchase tickets for the 5:15 PM screening and see a trailer for the 5:30 feature by clicking here.
 A haunting snapshot of the once bustling Jewish quarter of Tunis, all but vanished after 700 years, punctuated by the timeless prose of celebrated Tunisian-Jewish writer Albert Memmi.

5:30 PM—Remember Baghdad

REMEMBER BAGHDAD reveals the forgotten story of Iraq’s once flourishing Jewish population, and the country’s disintegration from a thriving, multiethnic melting pot to a ravaged, war-torn danger zone. At the dawn of the twentieth century, Iraq was a booming, diverse country where Jews, Muslims and Christians coexisted in peace and prosperity. With the founding of Israel in 1948, social and political upheaval followed, as Iraqi Jews were persecuted and driven out, the mass exodus culminating with Saddam Hussein’s rise to power.

Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00 PM—The Last Suit 

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Abraham Bursztein, an octogenarian Jewish tailor, embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. Escaping a family intent on confining him to a nursing home, Abraham leaves Buenos Aires in search of the man who, over 70 years ago, saved him from certain death. With assistance from generous strangers, the suit maker makes his way across Europe to Poland, undeterred by travel mishaps, family foibles and geographical obstacles. Heartfelt and charming, THE LAST SUIT reminds us of the enduring importance of family, friends, and keeping your word. Winner of the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Audience Award for best narrative film.

Thursday, May 17 at 5:15 PM—The Chop (short film)  

You can purchase tickets for the 5:15 PM screening and see a trailer for the 5:30 feature by clicking here.
Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher, loses his job and cannot find work at other Kosher butchers. So he decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butcher. 

Thursday's First Feature Film is Underwritten by the Uptown Kitchen.

5:30 PM—Keep the Change

Two adults with autism strike up an unlikely and transformative relationship, in KEEP THE CHANGE, a heartfelt, humorous and wonderfully surprising reinvention of the New York romantic comedy. David, a high-functioning, upper-class charmer must attend a JCC support group for people on the spectrum, where he falls for vivacious Sarah. Despite contrasting personalities, they start an endearing romance, exploring Manhattan, breaking down barriers, and dealing with their disabilities. Winner of Best US Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Thursday's Second Feature Film is Underwritten by Merrill Lynch, Kahn Associates.

Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 PM—The Wedding Plan

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At 32, Michal, an Orthodox Jewish woman, is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to remain single, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date: “I have the venue, the dress, the apartment; G-d can easily come up with my groom.”

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2018 Sponsors
These businesses and people helped bring this years Michiana Jewish Film Festival to fruition

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Cari & Barry Shein

Executive Producer






Popcorn Sponsors

Ann & Ron Silverman
Advanced Ophthalmology Michiana - Drs. Gerber, Schwartz, Yoon, and Elias






Sandy & Doug Barton
Nana & Gary Fromm
Carol & Craig Kapson
Sam Mirkin
Ina & Irv Rosenberg
Bill & Diane Sarnat



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Mara & Pat Boettcher
Nancy & Ron Cohen
Rabbi Karen Companez &
  Howard Steinberger
Ben & Francie Davis
Judith Falzon
Anne Feferman
Terry & Alan Feldbaum 
Paul & Margie Goldwin
Bonny & Todd Hoover
Pam Kahn
Freddy Lerman & Family
Bill & JoAnn Lopatin
Alex & Laurie Martin
Dayle Brown & David Piser
Pam Rubenstein
Ilene & Rick Sheffer
Lynda & Charles Simon
South Bend Monument Works
Mort & Judy Ziker


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Sarah Anne Anes
Emily Benedix
Joyce Block & 
   Henry Weinfield
Alan Dowty
Robbie & Paul Grimstad
Rowan & Amanda Kelley
Veronica & Chris Kozelichki
Lisa & Bill Lerman
Linda & Richard Mintz
Megan & Dan New
Carol & Charles Rosenberg
Will & Andrea Turbow
Monika & Mitchell Wayne
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