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“Forgiveness” + “Greener Pastures”

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - September 24 @ 11:59 pm

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During the High Holidays, enjoy two encore screenings of Israeli film favorites from the 2022 Seattle Jewish Film Festival. FORGIVENESS, a comedy caper about a robbery gone wrong during Yom Kippur, and GREENER PASTURES, a heartfelt comedy about a widower who begins selling weed, are both available for streaming from September 8-24. In the spirit of the “high” holidays, both films address themes of atonement and reconciling with friends and family. GREENER PASTURES includes a pre-recorded conversation with Festival Director Pamela Lavitt and Dr. Eddy Portnoy of YIVO Institute about his recent exhibit, “Am Yisrael High: The Story of Jews and Cannabis.”


Films are available for streaming Thursday, September 8, 6:30 pm until Saturday, September 24, midnight
Films available for 72-hour viewing window after hitting play


Single Film Individual Tickets: $15/$13
Household Tickets (2+ viewers): $20/$18
Make it a Double Feature! For $5 more, watch both films.
Discount price is for seniors 65+/students.

Full Film Details

FORGIVENESS | Guy Amir, Hanan Savyon | Comedy | Israel, 2019 | Hebrew w/English subtitles | 104m | R
A robbery gone wrong sends two men down drastically different paths. Recently released from prison, Shaul winds up in war-torn southern Israel but does not get the welcome home he expected. Meanwhile, his former partner-in-crime, Nissan, a newly Orthodox rabbi, seeks absolution for his tremendous guilt during the Days of Atonement between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The popular comedy writers/performers Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon (MAKTUB, SJFF 2018 Opening Night) can now add feature-film directing to their credits with this zany, comedic crime-caper about compassion set near the Gaza border.

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GREENER PASTURES | Assaf Abiri, Matan Guggenheim | Comedy | Israel, 2021 | Hebrew, English w/English subtitles | 90m | PG-13
In this charming cannabis comedy from Israel, perfect for “green” Seattle, Dov, a cranky widower, is forced by his family to move into a luxurious nursing home—where he feels like he’s in jail. All he can think about is getting out, buying back his old rustic cottage, and living there until the end of his life, but he can’t afford it. When he notices that all his fellow residents are smoking legal, medical marijuana (recreational use is still illegal in Israel), he realizes that weed could be his salvation—selling it, not smoking it. When love, cops, and local gangsters enter the picture, Dov finds himself at a crossroads: will he risk everything to make his dream come true? This black comedy features a terrific cast, including Shlomo Bar-Aba (FOOTNOTE), Dov Glickman (“Shtisel”), and Joy Rieger (PAST LIFE, THE OTHER STORY), and was nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Lead Actor.

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How to Watch?

Once you purchase a ticket through our streaming platform (Elevent), you will receive an order confirmation email. If the film is not yet available online, you will receive another Virtual Access email* one (1) hour before the window opens with a viewing link; or i the film is currently streaming, your Virtual Access email will contain a live link. Once you hit play, you have 72 hours to enjoy a film before it expires. You may start and stop but both films expire on Saturday, October 24, at midnight, so plan watching time accordingly.

* Can’t find your Virtual Access email? Please check your spam/junk mail for “Seattle Jewish Film Festival” or donotreply@mail.goelevent.com. You can also log into your patron account at goelevent.com under “view orders.”

Need help or virtual access, contact boxoffice@sjcc.org (response time 24-48 hours)

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September 8 @ 6:30 pm
September 24 @ 11:59 pm
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Mercer Island, WA 98040 United States
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Stroum JCC
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