Arts & Culture
Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival promotes independent, international film that celebrates Jewish culture and cultural diversity. The annual festival brings outstanding films from around the globe to Tucson-area screens. More than 3,000 festival attendees will gain a glimpse of Jewish lives that are worlds away and yet remarkably familiar. TIJFF is also one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country and one of the longest-running film festivals in Arizona.
Tuesday January 14 – Tickets
Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles – Documentary – 5pm
USA. 2019. 92 min. English
It’s “A Blessing on your head”…. and A JOY FOR YOUR HEART!
- The wonderful and sometimes turbulent genesis of the global sensation, Fiddler On The Roof. The movie overflows with anecdotes, good and the not so good, from the many theater greats who have “lived” in Anatevka, and with archival footage of productions over the last 50 years.
- Presented by Cookie Little, Dennis Baxter and family
Family in Transition – LGBTQ Documentary – 7:30pm
Israel. 2018. 70 min. Hebrew/English subtitles
- In this intensely intimate documentary, Amit, a husband and father of 4, reveals that he wants to become a woman. Amit’s wife and children stand by, as do close friends, but some in their conservative Israeli town shun the family. The camera follows their journey from the surgery and then to their life after the transition. We see how the family copes… and then doesn’t.
- Sponsored by Weintraub Israel Center
Wednesday January 15 – Tickets
And Then She Arrived – Romantic Comedy, Narrative – 5pm
Israel. 2017. 100 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles
- Dan, a confirmed nerd, thinks he is the luckiest guy in the world! He is going to marry his childhood sweetheart and her father is welcoming Dan into his law firm. It’s the perfect life plan… RIGHT? At least until he meets a free-spirited Sephardic waitress.
- Presented by Friend of the Festival
- Sponsored by Weintraub Israel Center
The Tobacconist – Narrative -7:30pm
Austria/Germany. 2018. 108 min. German/English Subtitles
- A tender, humorous coming of age story of 17 year old Franz, who is befriended by Sigmund Freud, a good customer in the tobacco shop where he works in Nazi-occupied Vienna. Their nurturing friendship allows the naïve Franz to become a man of courage and conviction.
- Presented by Anne Lowe and Donna Dennison
Thursday January 16 – Tickets
Short film Series – 5pm
USA. 2018, 39 min. English
- Herb Gildin and his sisters were sent from Germany to live with Swedish families in order to escape the Nazis. After the war they joined their parents in America. Herb never told his wife and children about his childhood. Finally decades later he does, and after 60 years Herb returns to Sweden and reunites with his Swedish family.
Israel. 2017. 17 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles
Noga is 15 years old, lives in Jerusalem and has just lost her father in a terror attack. She and her mother attend the annual torch lighting ceremony at a community center, and as she lights her torch, she gives voice to her rebellion.
USA. 2018. 15 min. English
- Jenni was given a bleak prognosis of ALS, but because of the wonderful and caring volunteers who helped her to get through every day, she faced it with humor and gratitude.
- Shorts sponsored by Joy and Michael Feldman and family
Winter Hunt – Psychological Thriller, Narrative – 7:30pm
Germany. 2018. 75 min. German/English Subtitles
- Pretending that her car has broken down, Lena lies her way into the remote Rossberg family mansion. She intends to force the aged Rossberg to confess that he was a Nazi guard at Auschwitz. What she discovers is more than she bargained for.
Friday January 17 – Tickets
Hope Dies Last – Short – 1pm
England. 2017. 7 min.
- You can hear the silent shouting of his thoughts. A Polish political prisoner in Auschwitz became the personal barber to Rudolph Hess. Hess, the camp commander, introduced the use of Zyklon B to kill prisoners.
Who Will Write Our History – Documentary
USA/Poland. 2018. 95 min. English, Yiddish, Polish/English Subtitles
- Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg
- In 1940 when the Warsaw Ghetto was closed, brave Polish journalists, writers and historians buried a huge archive of newspapers, posters and testimonials. They constantly risked their lives so that the world would understand who the Jewish people really were – not how the Nazis had depicted them. Some had the chance to leave the ghetto but remained because this project was so vital.
- Sponsored by Rabbi Stephanie and Dr. Jack Aaron
Saturday January 18 – Tickets
The Catcher Was A Spy – Biographic Drama. Based on a true story – 7:30pm
USA. 2018. 98 min. English
- PAUL RUDD (Friends, Ant-Man) stars in this biographical drama about Moe Berg, a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Law School, who chose major league baseball over Law and who, during WWII, chose to be a spy and provided the U.S with invaluable intelligence.
- Presented by Mary and Barry Ganapol
Sunday January 19 – Tickets
Promise at Dawn – Biography Funny and Poignant – 4pm
France. 2017. 131 min. French/English Subtitles
- From his childhood in Poland, to his adolescence in Nice, to his school years in Paris, and his tough training as a pilot during WWII; this is the romantic story of Romain Gary, the famous French novelist who is the only writer to have won the prestigious Goncourt Prize for French Literature twice.
- Presented by Liz Guillen and Talya Simha Fanger-Vexler (Legendary Properties)