Come join us for an afternoon at the movies! All movies begin at 3 p.m. at the East Valley JCC. Free admission, $5 donation suggested.  To reserve a spot, please register below. Click on the images to learn more about each film.  

Sept. 8, 2019

Only God Should

After World War II, Zvi shot and killed Poles who had given his family up to the Nazis. On an investigative journey between Israel and Poland, his paraplegic grandson Tsafrir seeks the truth about his grandfather’s act of vengeance. 

Oct. 6

Song of Ascension

After Elad is left disabled after an operation, his former girlfriend, Rinat, returns and they get married. After being unable to have children for 10 years, they are connected to Einav, a single mother, who chooses to become a surrogate. The documentary follows their touching, surprising journey. 

Nov. 3

Hidden Face

Through the Admor of Sanz-Klausenburg’s story of heroism, this documentary exposes the complex relationship between the ultra-Orthodox Jews and the memory of the Holocaust. Through rare archival footage and interviews with Sanz Chasidim, it reveals the ways they experience the  spiritual victory over the Nazis. 

Dec. 15

Torn

Twelve years after he was ordained, a Polish Catholic priest discovers that he was born to Jewish parents. The film follows his amazing journey: from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel. 

Jan. 5, 2020

Arabani

Yoseph is a Druze who returns to his native village after having been estranged from it for 17 years.  After divorcing from his Jewish wife,  he brings their children to the village and plans to stay. But his traditional community doesn’t welcome them with open arms, as to be a real Druze, both parents must be Druze.

Feb. 9

Remember Baghdad

This documentary reveals the untold story of Iraq, told through the eyes of the Jews, Iraq’s first wave of  refugees. After 2,600 years living peacefully in the area, in one generation the community vanishes. using vivid testimony, home movies and news archive, we follow the lives of four families trying to make sense of turbulent times.

March 8

The 90-Minute War

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for decades, with no end in sight. Fed up with one failed deal after another, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders agree to settle things once and for all … with a soccer match. One game. One winner. Losing side has to pick up and find a new homeland. This politically-incorrect, satirical mockumentary takes a fresh and hilarious lens to the conflict.

April 19

Ghetto Uprising: The Untold Story

Film to commemorate Yom Hashoah

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world, but it’s generally accepted story is incomplete. Among the fighters was a group that was not granted commemoration, although it had a crucial part in the success of the historic uprising.

May 3

Syrian Patient

Reality surpasses the imagination in this documentary that allows a look at the Syrian wounded and the Israeli doctors at a hospital in Israel, where enemies become connected,  offering a ray of optimistic light in a harsh reality.

June 7

Short-film festival

Join us for an afternoon of short films, which include “Across the Line,” “Barren,” Past Forward” and “I’m  From the Jews.”

July 12

City of Joel

This documentary tells the story of Kiryas Joel, a religious haven built by the Satmar sect 50 miles north of New York City. The film explores how this ultra-Orthodox faith has become both a source of strength and tension and examines the turf war between the sect and their secular neighbors. 

Aug. 2

Sabena Hijacking: My Version

On May 8 1972, four hijackers from the Palestinian organization “Black September” took control of Belgian Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv. The hijacking marked the beginning of 30 nerve-wracking hours, bounding together fascinating human, military and political drama inside and outside of the plane.