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.
All events are listed alphabetically. For a chronological schedule, click here.Calendar
Dir. Thor Klein
102 min | United Kingdom | Drive-In Screening Narrative
The evocative journey of Polish mathematician Stanisław Ulam follows the conflicted genius’ contributions to the Manhattan Project, and his ethical dilemma with the nuclear power he helped unleash.
Legendary Jewish bluegrass and mandolin maestro Andy Statman returns to JxJ with his trio.
AvevA is back! The opening night star of the 2016 Washington Jewish Music Festival returns with brand new music, blending pop, soul, and funk with traditional Ethiopian sounds.
César Lerner (piano, accordion, percussion) and Marcelo Moguilevsky (clarinet, sax, wooden flutes, harmonica) present a concert of tango, klezmer and jazz straight from Argentina.
Dir. Shuki Guzik
52 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
Muslim players on Israel’s national soccer team have their loyalty questioned by all sides in the midst of the team’s most important campaign of the year.
DC’s legendary street band collaborates with Seth Kibel and mixes Klezmer into their repertoire, performing throughout town before a finale blowout on the final day of the Festival.
Dirs. Guy AmirHanan Savyon
104 min | Israel | Drive-In Screening Narrative
Popular writers and performers Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon (Maktub, JxJ 2019) team up for this buddy comedy/crime-caper set in the south of Israel near the Gaza border.
Dirs. Veronica SelverSusan Fanshel
70 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
A beautiful documentary portrait of German Jewish émigré Irmi Selver (1906-2004), based on her memoirs.
PRESENTS UNTIL WHEN
Canadian supergroup Jaffa Road debut’s their latest Jewish-Spanish-Indian-Arabic album Until When.
Dir. Alicia J. Rose
75 min | USA | Narrative Virtual Screening
A mystical meta-musical about the biggest financial fraud in history.
Dir. Shirel Peleg
101 min | GermanyIsrael | Drive-In Screening Narrative Virtual Screening
Two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, in this comic love story full of misadventure and discovery.
Dir. Maya Sarfaty
82 min | AustriaIsrael | Narrative Virtual Screening
The complicated, unbelievable, yet true love story of Helena, a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, and her SS captor.
Dirs. Tess GerritsenJosh Gerritsen
75 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
Why do Jews and Muslims forbid pork? This film searches for the ancient roots of the pig taboo and explores the centuries-long relationship between humans and pigs.
Dir. Mordechai Vardi
63 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
The story of three gay men and one woman who marry against their sexual orientation in order to fulfill religious and cultural expectations.
PRESENTS A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO FLORY JAGODA
Sephardic fusion band Minnush pays tribute to the late, great, Flory Jagoda—one of the world’s leading Sephardic singers and composers.
PRESENTED BY MIRIAM ISAACS AND VLADIMIR FRIDMAN
The dynamic duo employ poetry and song to trace Miriam’s father’s WWII journey through Poland, the USSR, and Central Asia.
Dir. Oren Jacoby
82 min | USA | Documentary Drive-In Screening
An all-star cast—Helen Mirren, August Wilson, Viola Davis, Ian McKellen—take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.
Dir. Ole Christian Madsen
106 min | Denmark | Narrative Virtual Screening
The harrowing journey of four strangers forever connected by the February 2015 terrorist attacks in Copenhagen.
Dir. Yael Abecassis
77 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
Camera in hand, internationally-acclaimed Israeli actress Yaël Abecassis follows her mother—legendary Moroccan singer Raymonde—in an attempt to understand and redefine their relationship.
Dir. Oliver Murray
102 min | United Kingdom | Documentary Drive-In Screening
A joyous and visually stunning film capturing the spirit of Ronnie Scott’s famous Soho jazz club, home to jazz icons from Ella Fitzgerald to Miles Davis and Nina Simone.
Dir. Freida Lee Mock
89 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
In this scintillating documentary from Academy-Award winning director Freida Lee Mock, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the challenges she faced to make it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Dir. Viesturs Kairišs
90 min | Czech RepublicLatviaLithuania | Narrative Virtual Screening
A sign painter in 1940s Latvia is caught in a love triangle; meanwhile, his signs start to reflect the country’s changing politics.
Dir. Kaveh Nabatian
95 min | CanadaCuba | Narrative Virtual Screening
An Afro-Cuban couple see a Canadian tourist as their ticket off the island.
Dir. Eytan Fox
90 min | Israel | Narrative Virtual Screening
In the latest from Eytan Fox, a travel writer arrives in Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy, hoping the city’s energy and a relationship with a younger man brign him back to life.
Dir. Gabriel Bologna
115 min | USA | Drive-In Screening Narrative
Rabbi Moshe Yehuda is about to discover following your dreams can be rather unorthodox in the feel-good comedy of the year.
Dir. Peter Bebjak
94 min | Slovakia | Narrative Virtual Screening
Slovakia’s official entry to the 2021 Academy Awards. When two Slovak Jews escape from Auschwitz, they find themselves up against allies that don’t believe the truth.
PRESENTS LA NONA KANTA: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF FLORY JAGODA
A celebration of the recently departed legend of Sephardic song, Flory Jagoda, with live music by Trio Sefardi.
Dirs. Emily FelderChrista Whitney
60 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
Israeli actress Hadas Kalderon travels to Lithuania to gain a deeper understanding of her grandfather, the accomplished poet Avrom Sutzkever.
Master teacher Naomi Jacobson, an award-winning actress and nominator for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, guides us through the performance techniques that we can see on the silver screen.
Dir. Kellie Welborn
40 min | USA | Documentary Virtual Screening
World Premiere. The story of the world’s only anti-profit, collectively run, worker self-managed, Kosher restaurant—created in the DC area by a group of idealists in 1975.
Dir. Levi Zini
90 min | Israel | Documentary Virtual Screening
The story of the long and tumultuous journey of the Jewish Ethiopian community as they find their way back to the heart of the Jewish people—Jerusalem.
PRESENTED BY MIRIAM ISAACS AND VLADIMIR FRIDMAN
Yiddishist Miriam Isaacs partners with virtuoso guitarist and singer Vladimir Fridman for a celebration of the sounds and stories of Yiddish theater.