Film

Laugh out loud, reconnect with Israel and reflect on Jewish life and the human experience with films at the Bender JCC. Films are as diverse as the Bender JCC itself, produced and directed by a bevy of international talent from around the globe, including Israel and the U.S.

The Wedding Plan

Wednesday, December 20 | 7:30 PM

Israel / 2016 / Hebrew w/ English subtitles / 110 minutes

Synopsis: This charming romantic comedy from acclaimed writer-director Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void) tells the story of a jilted bride who decides to keep her wedding date, trusting that God will provide her with a husband in time. The film is the winner of Best Actress and Best Screenplay honors, and claimed Best Actress prize at the Haifa International Film Festival.

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Shalom Italia

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Israel, Germany / 2016 / Hebrew & Italian w/ English subtitles / 71 minutes

Synopsis: Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth — a profound, funny, and endearing exploration of individual and communal memory.

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Keep Quiet

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 7:30 PM

United Kingdom, Hungary / 2016 / English, Hungarian w/ English subtitles / 97 minutes

Synopsis: This film is a riveting documentary about a young Hungarian neo-Nazi leader whose life is upended when he discovers his Jewish roots. He enlists the help of Rabbi, head of the Orthodox community in Budapest. It is up to the viewer to decide whether his newfound religiosity is sincere or just another calculated political move.

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Multifaith Film Fest

Save the Date: Multifaith Film Fest Returns March 8-11, 2018!

Watch this video recap of our first-ever Multifaith Film Fest!


Menashe

Monday, April 9, 2018 | 7:30 PM

United States, Israel / 2017 / Yiddish w/ English subtitles / 81 minutes

Synopsis: The film takes place in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community. Menashe, a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, offers a thoughtful portrait of the challenges of parenthood following his wife’s death, and the struggle to be a man and a father. Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Brooklyn-based Yiddish drama is an authentic, tightly written, and compelling story.

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 7:30 PM

United States / 2017 / English / 86 minutes / For mature audiences

Synopsis: This documentary is based on the tapes of an interview Lamarr gave to Forbes 25 years ago. The Austrian Jewish émigré revealed how she became a Hollywood tragedy. Enthusiastically recommended.

It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. “I have always felt that if a man gives you a solid gold key to his door he is entitled to the courtesy of a visit.”

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The Last Laugh

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 7:30 PM

United States / 2016 / English / 90 minutes

Synopsis: The Last Laugh pairs clips from films, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders — including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander — to ask the ultimate taboo question:

Can the Holocaust be funny?

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Multifaith Film Fest

Watch this video recap of our first-ever Multifaith Film Fest!

State of the Art Theater

Featuring both features and documentaries, films are shown in the Bender JCC’s Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts’ intimate Kreeger Auditorium, a fully equipped theater that seats up to 290 and boasts a 30-foot-wide proscenium, full sound, lighting, and video projection capabilities.

Filmmaker Q&As, Group Events & More

The Bender JCC hosts a variety of film-related events, including filmmaker/director Q&As, post-film “talkbacks,” and more. Group events are also available, each tailored to your group’s specific needs, including the opportunity to participate in introductions and talkbacks.

Questions about films and the arts at the Bender JCC? Interested in scheduling a group event? Contact us!