JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project encompassing the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals alongside original hybrid arts programming.
The Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 30th year, presents a robust lineup of international film premieres and sneak previews.
The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of the Washington Jewish Music Festival, which returns for its 21st edition.
Dir. Nick Borenstein
5 min | USA | Short
A mother and son shop for a bar mitzvah gift at a 99-cent store.
Join producer Adar Shafran in conversation about Douze Points.
Join The Rabbi Goes West co-director and producer Amy Geller, and co-director and writer Gerald Peary in conversation.
Join producer Arik Bernstein in conversation about Ma’Abarot: The Israeli Transit Camps, moderated by Shy Ashkenazi.
Dir. Asaf Galay
65 min | Israel | Documentary
A fun and revealing look at one of Europe’s most outrageous pop musical acts and its lead singer’s move from Sweden to Israel.
Dir. Erez Tadmor
91 min | Israel | Narrative
A couple in their thirties dream of having a child together, only to be told they will need fertility treatments. Tenderness and humor combine in this modern exploration of family and relationships.
Join Director Asaf Galay and film subject Jean-Pierre Barda in conversation about Army of Lovers in the Holy Land.
Dir. Ruthy Pribar
85 min | Israel | Narrative
Asia is not your average mom. She’s free-spirited, open-minded, and non-judgmental; when her teenage daughter (Shira Haas, Unorthodox) announces that she’s ready to lose her virginity, that approach is put to the test.
Dir. Dani Menken
75 min | Israel | Documentary
The inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship, before dedicating his life to helping people suffering from substance use.
Dir. Martin Blank
4 min | USA | Short
Beth is practical, River is impractical. Through 86 years of trials and travails, they stay by each other’s side.
Dir. Daphna Awadish
4 min | Netherlands | Short
A short animated documentary on immigrants who left their home and crossed borders for love.
Join the Bender JCC for a lively discussion of the film Golda, moderated by Bender JCC’s Community Shlicha, Naama Kadosh.
Join Bender JCC’s post-talkback breakout session on Thou Shalt Not Hate, moderated by Lisa Del Sesto, Director, Arts & Ideas at the Bender JCC.
Join Lisa Del Sesto, Director, Arts & Ideas and Frieda Enoch, Director, Coming of Age at the Bender JCC, to discuss the poignant and moving film, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.
Dir. Monica Manganelli
30 min | GermanyItaly | Short
Brilliant art deco animation illustrates a transgender person’s brave journey of self-acceptance in 1930s Berlin, just as the city is overrun by repressive sociopolitical forces.
Dir. Johanne Helgeland
90 min | Norway | Narrative
In this film for the whole family, four courageous children flee the Nazi occupation for Sweden.
Join a moderated conversation with Aulcie director Dani Menkin.
Dir. Daniel Syrkin
90 min | FranceIsrael | Narrative
A comedy-thriller-satire created by mixing ISIS operatives, tough Mossad agents, and a unique relationship between two young Muslim guys in the most rainbow-colored song contest imaginable.
Join a moderated conversation with The Art of Waiting director Erez Tadmor, moderated by the president and executive director of The backStorygroup Wendy Revel.
Dir. Pavel Lungin
100 min | IsraelRussia | Narrative
A 40-year-old writer returns home after many years away to confront a twin brother who stole his life and livelihood in Israel. Featuring Harvey Kietel, Lior Ashkenazi, and Shira Haas.
Dirs. Tal GranitSharon Maymon
93 min | GermanyIsrael | Narrative
Three 17-year-old girls navigate the daily indignities of high school using razor-sharp wit to shield their vulnerabilities. Envious of their picture-perfect popular classmates, the trio make a secret pact to raise the funds for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses.
A virtuoso on multiple instruments (flute, sax, voice), Gina Sobel presents a concert infused with contemporary interpretations of traditional Sephardic music.
Gina Sobel discusses her contribution to JxJ’s concert lineup with fellow musician Seth Kibel.
Dir. Sagi Bornstein
80 min | Israel | Documentary
The eventful story of Golda Meir’s term as Prime Minister of Israel – from her surprising rise to power and iconic international stature as “queen of the Jewish people,” through to her tragic demise.
Dir. Nir Bergman
92 min | IsraelItaly | Narrative
Aharon has devoted his life to raising his autistic son, Uri. They live together in gentle harmony, finding comfort in a routine of their own making. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult, it might finally be time for him to move out.
Dir. Ian Mark
9 min | USA | Short
Joyce and Irwin’s perfect wedding falls apart when the best man whispers that the Rabbi (George Wyner) was on ER.
Dir. Noa Gusakov
15 min | Israel | Short
Abigail, who recently lost her mother, is pregnant. Terrified about the coming birth, she “kidnaps” a mother of her own for one afternoon.
Dir. Catherine Corsini
135 min | BelgiumFrance | Narrative
A tender chronicle of the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, which is endangered by an unsteady and manipulative father.
Dir. Adva Santo
5 min | Israel | Short
Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station provides the backdrop for this experimental animation that delves into isolation, otherness, and transition.
Dir. Laurent Heynemann
103 min | France | Narrative
Jeanne Reichenbach’s love for Socialist premier Leon Blum leads her to risk her life in an attempt to free him from the Buchenwald concentration camp.
An all-star evening of (mostly) Jewish jazz musicians from the greater Washington region. Susan Jones, jazz violin; Michael Raitzyk, guitar; Harry Appleman, keyboard; Josh Bayer, bass; Ele Rubinstein, drums.
Join director Judith Helfand and Edlavitch DCJCC CEO Dava Schub in conversation about Love & Stuff.
Featuring special guest Susan Jones on violin, the Kleztet blends Eastern European Jewish folk music with jazz and diverse modern influences.
Dir. Taylor Lee Nagel
25 min | USA | Short
A coming-of-age comedy following Shea Miller—a 20-something aspiring comedian and assistant to a much more famous comedian—as she learns to claim her queerness and redefine herself.
Lenka Lichtenberg discusses the Thieves of Dreams Preview with fellow musician Seth Kibel.
Intimate, intense poetry written by the artist’s grandmother in WWII concentration camp Theresienstadt, is brought to life through music and spoken word.
Dir. Judith Helfand
80 min | USA | Documentary
Grieving her beloved mother and living amidst 63 boxes of her dead parents’ stuff, one transformative “YES” turns filmmaker Judith Helfand into a 50-year-old new mother.
Dir. Dina Zvi Riklis
84 min | Israel | Documentary
This first documentary to delve into the story of Israeli transit camps—a controversial project that housed hundreds of thousands of new immigrants from all over the world.
Dir. Oran Zegman
25 min | USA | Short
After her boyfriend rejects her marriage proposal, Leah checks herself into the “Late Blooming Bride” retreat, which re-packages women into “Marriage Material” at all costs.
Join a moderated conversation with Winter Journey subject Martin Goldsmith.
Join a moderated conversation with Thou Shalt Not Hate director Mauro Mancini.
Seth Kibel, teams up with his 15-year old son and pianist, Will Kibel, for a high-energy klezmer, jazz, and swing show.
Dir. Ori Sivan
90 min | Israel | Narrative
Muna, an Israeli-Arab photographer from Tel Aviv, is putting together an exhibition of her work in Paris. When the Israeli government steps in to sponsor the program, she’s at the mercy of critics from all sides.
Join a conversation with An Irrepressible Woman producer Nelly Kafsky, moderated by historian Daniel Lee.
Niki Jacobs discusses the Mauthausen Trilogy with fellow musician Seth Kibel.
Netherlands | Concert
Niki Jacobs—singer, recording artist, and founder of contemporary Dutch klezmer ensemble Nikitov—present the Theodorakis’ Mauthausen Trilogy, sung in Yiddish.
Join a moderated conversation about Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance, featuring Rabbi David Saperstein, Dr. LaNitra Berger, and Dr. Marc Dollinger.
Grab a brown bag lunch and participate in a lively dialogue on the beautiful and sweet Norwegian film The Crossing, moderated by Jim Finkel, of the Henry Stimson Center’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict; and featuring Dr. Anette H. Storeide, of the Falstad Memorial Centre, Norway; and author Dr. Susan Suleiman.
Join fellow Northern Virginians to discuss the Italian film Thou Shalt Not Hate and the ethical issues we wrestle with in hate’s aftermath, facilitated by Marnie Fienberg.
Dirs. Amy GellerGerald Peary
78 min | USA | Documentary
A funny and surprisingly complex documentary about a Chabad rabbi who goes from Brooklyn to Montana, where he encounters widely different reactions from the local Jewish community.
Dir. Shahar Shamay
19 min | Israel | Short
Ofira is a newly retired art teacher, who, for the first time in her life, will put herself outside her comfortable routine. She decides to revive an old dream – to become a painter.
Join a moderated conversation with Asia director Ruthy Pribar and actress Alena Yiv.
Dir. Martín Rejtman
19 min | ArgentinaChile | Short
A Jewish young man, the death of his grandmother, depression, Hare Krishnas, Passover, and potato knishes.
Dir. Shari Rogers
95 min | USA | Documentary
A riveting look at the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African American communities during the Civil Rights Movement.
Dir. Emma Seligman
77 min | USA | Narrative
A young Jewish woman’s steamy secrets are unearthed during one emotionally frantic shiva, in Emma Seligman’s comedy of discomfort.
Fresh off the release of her 20th album, Love out Loud, the legendary Jewish singer-songwriter performs her unique blend of eccentric, poetic, and social-consciousness music.
Susan Jones (Jazz Night @ JxJ and The Kleztet with special guest Susan Jones) discusses her contributions to JxJ’s concert lineup with fellow musician Seth Kibel.
Dir. Nick Borenstein
5 min | USA | Short
Corey is having a terrible day, but his new sweater and a trip to the coffee shop just might turn it all around.
Dir. Mauro Mancini
96 min | Italy | Narrative
A Jewish surgeon refuses to help a victim of a traffic accident after discovering his Nazi tattoo, but he is soon racked by guilt and begins to doubt his actions.
96 min | CanadaIsraelUSA | Shorts Program
A whimsical, fun, and spirited collection of short films that examine our pivotal turning points— whether they center on dating and marriage, career, or coming of age.
Dir. Nir Berger
25 min | Israel | Short
A screen-age love story. Adele, a 17-year-old internet troll who enjoys insulting her classmates online, is hit on by a like-minded boy.
111 min | ArgentinaChileIsraelItalyUSA | Shorts Program
A series of shorts about transition, of people in the act of becoming, of human metamorphosis.
Bar Crawl Shorts Program
Hundreds of people have flocked to JxJ’s short film pub crawl in recent years, and we didn’t want to let a little pandemic get in the way of the momentum. So, 2 Jews Walk Into A Bar lives on, just virtually.
Join a conversation with Golda director Udi Nir, moderated by Noa Bab.
Guitar maestro Vladimir Fridman moves flawlessly between classical, jazz, traditional forms, pulling on repertoire from a dizzying array of cultures, with improvisational spirit, soul and true virtuosity.
Vladimir Fridman discusses his contribution to JxJ’s concert lineup with fellow musician Seth Kibel.
Dir. Caroline Link
119 min | GermanySwitzerland | Narrative
Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) adapts Judith Kerr’s bestselling children’s novel about a nine-year-old girl’s coming of age during Hitler’s rise to power.
Dir. Gregory Fox
13 min | Canada | Short
Adam spends a cottage weekend with Robin, his non-Jewish girlfriend, and is forced to confront the divide between their romance and his family’s expectations.
Dirs. Anders ØstergaardErzsébet Rácz
90 min | DenmarkGermany | Documentary
Martin Goldsmith never knew what happened to his parents before they escaped from Germany in 1941. Over a weekend, as he confronts his father, we are brought back to the complex and confusing 1930s when the parents were young musicians.