When it comes to film appreciation, my tastes run the gamut. A long closeted hip-hop dance movie aficionado, I also logged hours helping to manage the Baltimore Museum of Art’s independent film series. I’ve watched every independent film National Geographic has put out over the last few years. I also saw the newest Muppet Movie on opening night last week, only slightly justified by taking my nieces along.
Get the Festival Schedule: 27 films are being shown at the JCC’s Goldman Theater at 16th and Q Streets NW. More films are being show at other venues.
If you are similarly inclined to appreciate everything from art house to kitsch (or even if you prefer one to the other), get yourself out to see at least one of the films in the 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival. The festival opens tomorrow with the Israeli film Mabul (The Flood) about an Israeli boy, about to become a man, and his family in crisis. It’s winning the hearts of critics and moviegoers in festivals; I’m hoping to see it while it’s here.
But the films don’t stop there. With 47 films ranging from documentaries (such as Yoo-hoo Mrs. Goldberg and An Encounter with Simone Weil) to heart-warming and heart-wrenching features (such as Je T’Aime, I Love You Terminal, Kaddish for a Friend and My Australia), there’s a little something for everyone.
The festival runs December 1 through 11; more information (film information, times and ticket info) can be found on the Washington Jewish Film Festival website. Films are being shown at nine different venues, including the DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW.