JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project encompassing the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals alongside original hybrid arts programming.
The Washington Jewish Film Festival 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.
Dir. Micah Smith
91 min | Israel | Narrative
This extraordinary docu-narrative film follows North African Israeli diplomat Asher Naim, taking viewers behind the scenes – and behind the spin – of Operation Solomon, the diplomatic and military mission to bring 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel during Ethiopia’s brutal civil war.
Dir. Krzysztof Lang
115 min | Poland | Narrative
An under-told powerful love story set in 1960s Poland. Two young students – Hania and Janek – meet and fall in love amid social turmoil and Jewish discrimination in 1960s Warsaw.
Dir. Aviva Kempner
106 min | United States | Documentary
Aviva Kempner chronicles her mother Hanka and uncle Dudek Ciesla’s lives before and during WWII. Q&A with director Aviva Kempner and CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer.
Dir. Valerie Kontakos
78 min | CanadaGreece | Documentary
Chelly Wilson was a Christmas-celebrating Jewish grandma, a lesbian who married men, and a proud owner of porn theaters in 1970s NYC. Fascinating archival footage illustrates the story of a family matriarch, a truly unique character with chutzpah in spades.