Since 1976, The National Center for Jewish Film has rescued, restored, and exhibited films that document the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life. Their annual festival is a vibrant program of new independent films and restored classics from around the world, with visiting filmmakers and scholars attending many screenings. This year’s festival includes Avi Nesher’s film Past Life, which tracks the daring late 1970s odyssey of two sisters - an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist - as they unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their lives.

The festival is curated by NCJF’s co-directors, Lisa Rivo and Sharon Pucker Rivo. Tickets on sale April 20.

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In This Series

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Ben-Gurion, Epilogue
Thursday, May 4, 2017
6:30 pm8:25 pm

Directed by Yariv Mozer (Israel/France/Germany, 2016, 70 min.). In English and Hebrew with English subtitles. New England Premiere.

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Body and Soul: An American Bridge
Friday, May 5, 2017
7:00 pm9:00 pm

Directed by Robert Philipson (USA, 2016, 58 min.). New England Premiere.

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Past Life
Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:00 pm8:55 pm

Directed by Avi Nesher (Israel, 2016, 110 min.). In Hebrew, English, German and Polish with English subtitles. Massachusetts Premiere.

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Paradise
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6:30 pm9:40 pm

Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia/Germany, 2016, 130 min.). In Russian, German and French with English subtitles. New England Premiere.

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Fanny's Journey
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:30 pm8:55 pm

Directed by Lola Doillon (France/Belgium, 2016, 94 min.). In French with English Subtitles. Boston Premiere.

Film

Hummus! The Movie
Friday, May 12, 2017
7:00 pm8:15 pm

Directed by Oren Rosenfeld (Israel/USA/Germany/Canada, 2016, 70 min.). In English, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. New England ...

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The Wedding Plan
Sunday, May 14, 2017
6:30 pm8:25 pm

Directed by Rama Burshtein (Israel, 2016, 110 min.). In Hebrew with English subtitles. Sneak Preview/ Massachusetts Premiere.

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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:00 pm8:20 pm

Directed by Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas (Israel, 2016, 74 min.). In Hebrew, Russian, and Tajik with English subtitles.

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The Exception
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:30 pm8:25 pm

Directed by David DLeveaux (UK/USA, 2016, 107 min.). Sneak Preview/Massachusetts Premiere.

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Moon in the 12th House
Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:00 pm8:55 pm

Directed by Dorit Hakim (Israel, 2016, 110 min.). In Hebrew with English subtitles. New England Premiere.

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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev
Sunday, May 21, 2017
12:30 pm1:50 pm

Directed by Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas (Israel, 2016, 74 min.). In Hebrew, Russian, and Tajik with English subtitles.

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Fanny's Journey
Sunday, May 21, 2017
2:30 pm4:10 pm

Directed by Lola Doillon (France/Belgium, 2016, 94 min.). In French with English Subtitles. Boston Premiere.