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. We look forward to being back at the DPAC for our 2022 film festival!

                          

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.

      

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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 11th Annual festival (Acts 1 & II), please contact the Federation 
by calling 574-233-1164.

Come for the films, stay for the excitement.

Schedule for the December 2020 Film Festival

The Crossing (90 minutes)

   "The Crossing" tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. One day, just before Christmas in 1942, Gerda and Otto's parents are arrested, leaving the siblings on their own. Following the arrest, they discover two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, hidden in a secret cupboard in their basement at home. It is now up to Gerda and Otto to finish what their parents started: To help Sarah and Daniel flee from the Nazis cross the border to neutral Sweden and reunite them with their parents. THE CROSSING is a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty and great courage you can find in even the youngest of children.
Year: 2020    Country: Norway          
Director: Johanne Helgeland           
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'Til Kingdom Come (76 minutes)

Millions of American Evangelicals are praying for the State of Israel. Among them are the Binghams, a dynasty of Kentucky pastors, and their Evangelical congregants in an impoverished coal mining town. They donate sacrificially to Israel’s foremost philanthropic organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, because they fervently believe the Jews are crucial to Jesus’s return. This film traces this unusual relationship, from rural Kentucky to the halls of government in Washington, through the moving of the American Embassy to Jerusalem and the annexation plan of the West-Bank. With unparalleled access, the film exposes a stunning backstory of the Trump and Netanyahu administrations, where financial, political and messianic motivations intersect with the apocalyptic worldview that is insistently reshaping American foreign policy toward Israel and the Middle-East.
 Year: 2020  Country: Israel, UK, Norway  (Hebrew, Arabic, English)
Director: Maya Zinshtein
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Recommended for mature audiences.

Sublet (89 minutes)

Michael (John Benjamin Hickey), a New York Times travel writer visiting Tel Aviv to research his latest article, get some space from his relationship, and recharge his batteries amid the thriving gay scene. Intending to sublet an apartment in Israel’s most populous city, he spontaneously agrees to share the modest one-bedroom space when it becomes clear that handsome tenant Tomer (Niv Nissim) has nowhere else to go. The age gap between the reserved Michael and the free-spirited Tomer lends the film a subtle humor and charm that grows as the pair get to know one another. As Michael shares his wisdom and soaks up the youthful energy that surrounds them, his guard begins to drop and he finds the inspiration to embrace his life again.
Year: 2020    Country: Israel, USA
Director:  Eytan Fox
Sexual content.  Recommended for mature audiences only.

 

They Ain't Ready for Me  (88 minutes)

They Ain’t Ready For Me is the story of Tamar Manasseh, the African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on the south side of Chicago. The film explores the challenges and motivations of this fearless community leader as she works to prevent more people from being killed by gun violence. Tamar's complex identity and magnetic personality combine to make her a force to be reckoned with, and she hasn't even hit her stride yet.
Year: 2020   Country:  USA
Director: Brad Rothschild
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Sponsors of the 11th Annual (2nd Virtual) Michiana Jewish Film Festival, Act I

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