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Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

Each year, the FilmFest offers the best in International Jewish Cinema and features a tremendous lineup of international films and special events for all ages.

About the FilmFest

The Cleveland Jewish FilmFest, a program of the Mandel Jewish Community Center. It began in 2007 and features a diverse lineup of international films and special events for all ages. The festival offers a broad selection of features, documentaries and short films with Jewish themes that screen at local theaters and venues including Shaker and Cedar Lee Cinemas. The FilmFest aims to create a forum for the entire Cleveland community to understand the complexity of issues surrounding Jewish life in contemporary society. The films, carefully selected each year, are intended to share the breadth and depth of the Jewish cultural, religious, historical, and social conditions of all aspects of Jewish life.

Q&A with Dalia Rabin and Ambassador Ido Aharoni
A special screening of the 2019 Israeli thriller film, Incitement, profiling Yigal Amir in the year leading up to his assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Winner of the 2019 Ophir Award for "Best Picture" and selected as the Israeli entry for the "Best International Feature Film" at the 92nd Academy Awards. Presented by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in partnership with Mandel JCC and CWRU Siegal Life-long Learning.

When: Sunday, January 26 • 2 PM
Where: Mandel JCC Stonehill Auditorium
Fee: Members: Free (with advance registration) • Community: $5


A film by Yair Lev and David Deri

Presented by Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and the Mandel Jewish Community Center

Follow documentarian Yair Lev’s personal and historical journey to uncover the truth behind the man who stole his grandfather's identity during WW2. Lev shares archival documents that peel back the layers of this mystery person. Why did he do it? What was he hiding? This 'whodunit' film not only contains a daunting mystery, but also evolves into a drama of survival and love.

When: Thursday, February 6 • 7 PM
Where: Mandel JCC 
Fee: $10