For its 21st year, The Miami Jewish Film Festival brings 65 films from 20 countries, and hosts 50 filmmakers and special guests from Jan. 11-25, 2018.
The festival – one of the three largest of its kind in the world – will be showcased throughout theaters and temples around Miami and features three film world premieres:
- The Last Resort, an uncannily revealing portrait of American photographer Andy Sweet, who captured the vibrant community of Jewish retirees who populated the sunburned paradise of 1970s Miami Beach.
- A Call to Remember, about Miami Holocaust survivor David Schaecter and his lifelong dedication to honoring those who were lost.
- GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II, the first documentary to tell the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II.
Here’s a few of the festival’s highlights:
The festival will open with the premiere of Itzhak, Alison Chernick’s documentary about world-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman. Preceding the premiere will be a live performance of Itzhak Perlman’s most memorable music by the Amernet String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at FIU. Closing night will feature the premiere of Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, the first major documentary about the legendary entertainer. Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard, the film focuses a spotlight on Davis’ personal life and career as he navigated the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during the 20th century.
The festival will show the Florida Premiere of Django, a period drama about Jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Miami’s popular Jazz band The French Horn Collective will bring Django’s iconic Gypsy swing music to life with special live performances. Also featured will be the North American Premiere of Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta, a dazzling celebration of the legendary Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra conductor’s life, work, and belief that music heals and inspires. A highlight of the evening will be a live performance by the Alhambra Quartet and an introduction by world-renowned Conductor Daniel Andai.
Tickets: $13 for single tickets or $275 for full festival passes. For more info, please visit the festival’s website or call 305-573-7304.