The community is invited to attend the 12th annual Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival of the Katz JCC. The weeklong film festival takes place Sunday, Mar. 19 through Sunday, Mar. 26, featuring 21 award winning and fan favorite films from seven countries. All weekday matinee films will be screened at the Katz JCC, Cherry Hill, and all evening screenings and Sunday matinees will be held at the Carmike Ritz Center 16 in Voorhees.
Kicking off the festival on Sunday, Mar. 19 is the feature film “Moos,” an international film festival favorite. The film spotlights a woman who reexamines her life after her mother’s passing and reuniting with a childhood friend. “A Children’s Song” is a multiple award winning dramatic short about two competing music students who discover the true origin of a song, a story of salvation and hope when over 20,000 Jews emigrated to Shanghai during WWII.
On Monday, Mar. 20 at 7 p.m., view “Wounded Land,” a multiple award winning action-packed thriller featuring a police officer and a regional commander who are faced with a rollercoaster night while watching over a terrorist situation at a city hospital. Hadassah Foundation Board Member Roz Holberg will speak following the film’s New Jersey premiere about how this issue impacts the staff and the manner in which it is handled by Hadassah Hospital.
Come on Wednesday, Mar. 22 at 7 p.m. for Israel’s #1 film of the year, “The Women’s Balcony,” which examines religion, tradition, and the tensions between the community’s men and women. At this screening, outstanding women leaders of the community will be honored.
Thursday, Mar. 23 at 7 p.m. will feature a screening of “My Hero Brother,” presented in conjunction with the JCC’s ACHaD special needs department, an inspiring documentary about a group of young adults with Down Syndrome who embark on a trip through the Indian Himalayas. The film examines the dynamics of sibling relationships and the complexities as they deal with physical and emotional challenges. Founder and producer Enoch Cassel will share insights into the film.
This year’s festival is proud to host two student created films with local roots; “Better Together ‘Names, Not Numbers©’” from the students at the Kellman Brown Academy, a powerful documentary making its world premiere on Tuesday, Mar. 21 at 7 p.m., features the stories of four local Holocaust survivors, and sets out to capture oral histories from the Southern New Jersey community. “Kaddish” by JCC member Antony Post makes its world premiere on Thursday, Mar. 23 at 1 p.m., and tells the story of Simon Zayon as he recollects the time he spent on the USS Savannah during World War II.
Closing the festival on Sunday, Mar. 26 are “Midnight Orchestra” and “A Grain of Truth.” Midnight Orchestra” at 2:30 p.m. is a comedic drama that tells the story of the son of a famous Jewish musician who travels home to bury his father. At 7 p.m., see “A Grain of Truth,” a crime thriller about a prosecutor who is called in to investigate a strange and mysterious murder case with links to ritual killings rooted in Poland’s anti-Semitic past. Following the film, guest speaker Bill Wine, KYW Newsradio movie critic, will provide commentary.
These are just a few of the highly acclaimed films that will make audiences laugh, cry and bring people back wanting more. Patron and Series ticket holders receive tremendous perks, such as exclusive receptions and early access to seating. Tickets for individual screenings can be purchased starting at $8. Group discounts, available for groups of 10 or more, must be purchased in person or by phone by Thursday, Mar. 16.
The festival is made possible in part thanks to generous sponsors: Cherry Hill Volvo Cars, Carmike Cinemas, Fox Rothschild LLP, Kennedy Health Alliance, Leon L. Levy & Associates, The JCF Steve Beilowitz Israel Connection Fund, The Jewish Community Foundation, The Faktarow Family Endowment Fund, Maggiano’s Little Italy, The Mansion, Spivak Jewelers, and Wells Fargo.
For tickets and more information, visit katzjcc.org/film or call Suzanne Post at (856) 424-4444, ext. 1226 or Michele Susson at ext. 1119.