The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival has been held annually since 1999 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive. The Festival takes place around or during the Hanukah holiday in December, and lasts for six days. During the days of the Festival, over 50 films, from Israel and from all over the world, are screened - feature films, documentaries, shorts, animated and avant-garde films - that explore themes of Jewish faith and practice, history, culture, music, the Holocaust, contemporary life in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, the relationship between Judaism and other world religions and the role of Jewish identity in the State of Israel.
A festive opening event, alongside special events, live performances and receptions add to the festive atmosphere. Alongside the premiere screenings of the best of new Jewish cinema, each year we choose a selection of classic films and retrospectives that shed light on the history of Jewish cinema, often focusing on a specific filmmaker, theme or movement in Jewish cinema history.
A special sub-theme on the Holocaust, which springs from the annual work of the Joan Sourasky-Constantiner Holocaust Multimedia Research Center, is a key part of the Festival's program.
The Jewish Film Festival has become a magnet for local audiences, including those who do not necessarily attend the Cinematheque throughout the year.
The Jewish Film Festival has grown tremendously since its inception and has taken its place among the major cultural events in Jerusalem.
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