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40 Films in 3 Weeks: Sunday, March 10 - Saturday, March 31, 2019

Presenting a wide variety of thought-provoking and entertaining Jewish-themed films from across the globe. Feature films, shorts, documentaries and comedies, some Florida or World Premieres. The complete line-up of films will be announced in January. Films will be screened at Cinemark Palace 20 the first two weeks, at the Movies of Delray the third week.

Become a Festival Pass holder—join the Film Circle, ($360 per person), Film Circle Plus (an additional $118 per person), or choose a Daytime or Evening Pass Package. Individual tickets are also available ($12, $14). For details and to purchase passes online, visit

Sponsored in part by Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Opening Red Carpet Event: Holy Lands

Thursday, March 7
Reception for Patrons 5:30 pm, Film 7:00 pm
The Polo Club of Boca Raton

When lapsed Jew and former cardiologist Harry (James Caan) suddenly decides to spend his retirement as a pig farmer in Nazareth, Israel, the move deeply shocks his family and his new neighbors. Back in New York, Harry’s ex-wife Monica (Rosanna Arquette) is trying to manage the lives of their adult children, Annabelle and David (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), as well as her own. Adapted from director Amanda Sthers’ critically acclaimed novel, Les Terres Saintes, Holy Lands is a universal story about love, family, loss and tolerance, told with incredible humor and heart by a stellar ensemble cast.

Complimentary for all Festival Passholders, $14 General Admission (film only)

Opening Night: To Dust

Sunday, March 10, 7:00 pm
Cinemark Palace 20

Shmuel (Géza Röhrig), a Hasidic cantor in Upstate New York, distraught by the untimely death of his wife, struggles to find religious solace, while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay. As a clandestine partnership develops with Albert (Matthew Broderick), a local community college biology professor, the two embark on a darkly comic and increasingly literal undertaking into the underworld. Director Shawn Snyder and Actor Géza Röhrig join us for a post-screening discussion.

Festival Closing Event: The Mamboniks

Sunday, March 31
Reception for Patrons 1:00 pm, Film 1:45 pm
Zinman Hall

In the 1930s and ‘40s, Americans traveling to Cuba became intoxicated with a steamy new dance step that they brought back to the dance floors of New York City, where it became a sensation. Many of its biggest fans were Jewish -- a diverse, offbeat group whose zeal for mambo dancing earned them the nickname: “Mamboniks.” Featuring a live performance by PALO!, a Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated band performing their own style of Cuban music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Don’t miss this event!


Join us every Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm. for an eclectic assortment of foreign, independent, documentary and performance films followed by a moderated discussion.

Emilia: An Untold Cuban-American Story

A documentary film exploring the life of Emilia Teurbe Tolón, a pioneer for an independent Cuba from Spanish rule. Exiled for insurgency in 1850, Emilia continued to conspire from New York City, where she also embroidered the first Cuban national flag, an important symbol for the emerging nation. A role model for women’s contributions in the fight for independence, she was the first woman deported to the United States from Cuba. In this film, Luis Pérez Tolón traces his familial roots over two centuries to uncover a forgotten past and inspire future generations to tell stories.

Wednesday, March 6, 1:00 pm

51 min English/Spanish with Subtitles


Women Making Movies

Award winning films by women directors, followed by discussion with moderator Linda Horowitz.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

$10, Gold Members: $8, Platinum Members: Free (Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

From Stage to Screen!

Sponsored by an enthusiastic supporter of the Performing Arts at the Levis JCC

Filmed presentations of the best in live performances of opera, ballet, symphony and theater from around the world.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

$10, Gold Members: $8, Platinum Members: Free (Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

Matinee Movies with Myrna Loman

Foreign, American and Independent films followed by discussion moderated by Myrna Loman. Foreign films have subtitles.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

$10 per film, Gold Members: $8, Platinum Members: Free (Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

Please call 561-558-2520 for dates and film titles.