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2018-10-16 Print

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival From Hollywood to Bollywood Award-Winning Movies, Speakers, Receptions March 2-17, 2019

The 9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF) will be held from March 2-17, 2019. Tickets go on sale January 1 either through the CJFF website or by calling (800) 838-3006.


Los Angeles, CA, October 16, 2018 - The 9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring eight films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions, will be held March 2-17, 2019. Film information, dates, venues and times can be found on the website ( starting on January 1. Tickets go on sale January 1 either through the CJFF website or by calling (800) 838-3006.

Festival highlights include:

-Opening Night (March 2) documentary Carl Laemmle about the man who began the Hollywood film studio industry followed by Q &A with Greg Laemmle, President of Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles.

-The return to the CJFF of two notable award-winning film makers: Roberta Grossman and Dani Menkin.

Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie, Above & Beyond) will discuss her award-winning documentary Who Will Write Our History on Sunday afternoon, March 3. The film transports its viewers inside the Warsaw Ghetto, where a group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders secretly buried documents which are later discovered after the war.

Dani Menkin, (Dolphin Boy, On the Map) returns with his film A Picture of His Life, a documentary about world renowned underwater wildlife photographer and Pacific Grove resident Amos Nachoum. Both Menkin and Nachoum will participate in a Q & A following the film on Saturday evening, March 9.

-Partnering with The Village Project, Inc., there will be a screening on Sunday, March 10 of the Dutch film, An Act of Defiance, a nail-biting political thriller that explores the dark period in South Africa’s recent history, when 10 political activists, including Nelson Mandela, face a possible death sentence after being arrested by the apartheid government.

-Closing Night (March 17) reception with Indian food and dancing preceding Shalom Bollywood, a film about the role of Jewish women in the early Bollywood industry.

As the only Jewish film festival in Monterey County, we serve all residents in efforts to promote understanding, respect, and cooperation through education using the medium of film. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey Peninsula and beyond. Our festival’s accompanying programs further engage mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace.

Contact: Susan Greenbaum

Additional information about all films and events, including ticket prices, can be found on the Carmel Jewish Film Festival website (

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Phone: (831) 747-7455

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