Big Nights

The 28th Festival’s major evenings consist of Opening Night, Closing Night, the WJFF Visionary Award Ceremony, and our Spotlight selections.

A Still Small Voice

Dir. Luke Lorentzen
( 93 min, , 2023 )

A Still Small Voice follows Mati, a chaplain completing a year-long residency at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes.

Art For Everybody

Dir. Miranda Yousef
( 99 min, United States , 2023 )

Accomplished editor Miranda Yousef’s directorial debut is an insightful documentary that peels back the layers of Thomas Kinkade’s facade, delivering a portrait of a complex man divided by the same forces that continue to pull us apart as a nation.

Bad Press

Dirs. Rebecca Landsberry-BakerJoe Peeler
( 98 min, United States , 2023 )

An enthralling, edge-of-your-seat nail-biter that unfurls with the energy and suspense of a political thriller, Bad Press is a timely and unprecedented story about the battle for freedom of the press and against state-censored media.


( 137 min, Russia , 2019 )

Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins of Leningrad in 1945.

Brief Tender Light

Dir. Arthur Musah
( 93 min, United States , 2023 )

Limited Run

At America’s elite MIT, a Ghanaian alum follows four African students striving to become agents of change for home.

Call Me Dancer

Dirs. Leslie ShampainePip Gilmour
( 84 min, Israel/United Kingdom/USA , 2023 )

Limited Run

A street dancer from Mumbai struggles against his parents’ insistence that he follow a traditional path. Then he meets a curmudgeonly Israeli ballet master, who inspires him to follow his dreams.

Cha Cha Real Smooth (Sneak Preview)

Dir. Cooper Raiff
( United States , 2022 )

Cooper Raiff writes, directs and stars alongside Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante in this tale of unconventional love that brims with emotional honesty.

A Compassionate Spy (SOLD OUT)

Dir. Steve James
( 101 min, United States , 2023 )

Advance Screening – Limited Run
A brilliant nuclear physicist, a passionate leftist, and the explosive secret they kept over a remarkable 52-year marriage.
Post-screening Q&A on August 24.

Confessions of a Good Samaritan

Dir. Penny Lane
( 80 min, United States )

Director Penny Lane’s decision to become a “Good Samaritan” by giving one of her kidneys to a stranger launches her on a provocative, intimate, and unexpectedly funny quest to understand the nature of altruism.