FILM: Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival
Award-winning films from across the world converge for this month-long festival that celebrates both established and emerging filmmakers. Film screenings will be held through Feb. 27 at various venues across Greater Cincinnati. Opening night, Jan. 23, features 2018s The Unorthodox. (Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC.) Directed by Eliran Malka, the film follows a man named Yakov Cohen. When his daughter is expelled from school because of her ethnic origins as a Sephardic Jew, he decides to form his own political group in Jerusalem despite having no money, connections or experience. Based on a true story, these everyday people brought social change to Israel through their actions. Stick around for a discussion with Amnon Maggid, a Community Shaliach from Israel, and Justin Kirschner, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, as they delve into what its like to vote in Israel. Other films that will be shown throughout the fest include Picture of His Life, Those Who Remained, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, Aulcie, Family in Transition and more. Jan. 23-Feb. 27. Festival pass $140-$170; prices vary for individual film/event tickets. Multiple locations, mayersonjcc.org.