The SJCC is home to the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, the premiere festival of its kind in the region. Did you know that we offer more than the annual festival? During the year, you’ll find Best of Fest film screenings, family-friendly events, and film discussions. See you at the movies!
Still have questions? Contact SJCC Cultural Arts Program Coordinator Lori Ceyhun or call 206-232-7115 ext. 251.
SJFF Encore & Educational Screening: ROSENWALD
Director Aviva Kempner (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG, SJFF 2000) tells the incredible true story of Sears & Roebuck owner and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish peddler’s son and unsung hero to African Americans in the segregated South. Educational screening for SJCC members, students w/ID and their parents and organizational/school partners only. Recommended for ages 8+.
SONG OF LAHORE
A documentary film by Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Seattle’s Andy Schocken (in attendance). Lahore was once a haven for a musical culture passed down for centuries to the beat of the tabla drum. Today, Islamization, ethnic divisions, war, and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of Pakistan. Followed by Q&A. Rated PG.
Co-presented with TASVEER: Seattle South Asian Film Festival.
Cooking Class & Film: IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE
Follow James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov on a cinematic and culinary tour of Israel’s vibrant food scene in this documentary by two-time Oscar nominee Director Roger Sherman. Join us before the film to cook and sample recipes from Solomonov’s ZAHAV Cookbook, winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook. Signed cookbooks for sale online and at the event. Rated PG.
When best-selling author Joshua Foer (“Moonwalking With Einstein”) built his first sukkah, a small hut that Jews build and dwell in every fall for the holiday of Sukkot, he wanted to move beyond the unimaginative, generic plywood boxes and canvas tents that have become status quo. So, he challenged 12 contemporary architects and designers to construct radical sukkot in the heart of New York City as part of a design competition and exhibition known as “Sukkah City.” This film follows the fate of 600 inspired designs and visionary architects from all over the world exploring the concepts of home in both Jewish and secular contexts. Rated G.
MUNICH '72 AND BEYOND
A timely monument of remembrance, this documentary provides a deeper understanding of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians during the 1972 Munich Olympics. Join us for a panel discussion with producer Steven Ungerleider, producer David Ulich, and Mossad terrorism expert Noam Schiller. Seattle premiere. Rated PG.
To fix America’s troubled education system, we’re told that we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse? From the makers of “Race to Nowhere.” Rated PG.
Co-presented with ParentMap.
Israeli TV Dinners: FAUDA
Watch the first two episodes of Israel’s hottest TV drama and enjoy eating Middle Eastern food. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as we follow undercover IDF solders as they carry out anti-terror operations in this heart-pounding drama.
Co-created by Middle East analyst Avi Issacharoff and former Israeli soldier Lior Raz, the series – called “authentic and honest” by Y-Net – draws on their in-depth experience to craft a brilliantly realized depictions of the conflict. Rated PG-13 (language, violence).
Kung Pao Christmas: THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO
Why do American Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas? Join us as we overindulge in a night of “kung powerful” food and community, as we watch the film THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO and eat Chinese food. We’ll also celebrate the second night of Hanukkah.
3rd Thursday Film: MR. GAGA
An intimate documentary immersing us in the beauty of contemporary dance through an exclusive, behind-the-curtain look at renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. Eight years in the making, the film by acclaimed director Tomer Heymann (PAPER DOLLS) immerses the audience in the unique creative process behind Batsheva’s unique performances. Using rehearsal footage, extensive unseen archive materials, and stunning dance sequences, MR. GAGA tells the fascinating story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.
Co-presented with Seattle Theatre Group in anticipation of Batsheva’s February 11, 2017, performance at The Paramount Theatre.
3rd Thursday: GOLD BALLS
Kate Dandel’s documentary about the lives of elite tennis players inspires the average athlete in all of us. The twist? They’re all over 80, each a character in their own right. There’s a former most-eligible-bachelor from Madison, Wisconsin; a retired litigator teaching tween athletes a lesson in respecting their elders; a 75-year-old woman who thought her physical therapist was being too soft in treating her rotator cuff surgery; and the publisher of “Black Tennis Magazine.” This quirky story reminds us that getting up and on to the court is half the battle.
Filmmaker Kate Dandel in attendance. Rated PG.