The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo welcomes you to the 28th annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival!
The third oldest Jewish Film Festival in North America.
16 internationally acclaimed films from seven countries!
Please join us in our new state-of-the-art Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, located in the Jewish Community Center Benderson Family Building, 2640 North Forest Road in Getzville.
Fresh popcorn and plenty of free parking!
It’s Year 28 for the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival, the third oldest continuous festival of its kind in America. And it is Year Two for the Jewish Community Center to be hosting the festival in its own Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre. Many of those who attended last year expressed their delight in this comfortable state-of-the-art facility.
As in the past, this year’s festival will feature internationally acclaimed films from Israel, the United States, and several other countries. It is unlikely that people have had the opportunity to view any of these films at local venues. Moreover, the diverse presentations have led to multiple sponsorships by a variety of organizations, including the Holocaust Resource Center, and the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College. The Festival Committee is proud of this connection to Buffalo’s Jewish community -and beyond.
If there is any particular theme that this year’s films generally portray, it might be perseverance in the face of adversity. In Life In Stills, the proprietor of Israel’s oldest photography shop faces eviction, but with the help of her grandson she finds a new home to house her history of Israel. An aging Russian-Jewish war veteran in Kaddish For A Friend finds an unlikely ally in his efforts to ward off prejudice while living in Germany. The film Remembrance features an unusual pair of lovers who plot a daring escape from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland. And a young Jewish woman named Dorfman seeks a life of her own, away from a controlling father and brother. These, and twelve other films, will amaze and amuse you with the resilience of Jewish people.
We hope to see many of you often at the movies. Come enjoy and celebrate!