Jewish International Film Festival 2013 – Sydney Special Events

By October 30, 2013 Events

With a line-up of 51 features, documentaries and shorts, encompassing 50 Australian premiere screenings, JIFF is back with the most sensational line-up in its long history.

And to celebrate, the Festival has organised a host of fabulous events to celebrate its Sydney season from 30 October until 17 November at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction.

Wednesday 30 October @ 7.15pm


Adult $35/Concession $32

Celebrate with Melbourne brother sister duo HUSKY (Husky & Evie Gawenda), who will perform a series of Yiddish, Hebrew & English songs prior to the Australian premiere screening of the award-winning drama Fill the Void.  This Melbourne-based, folk-inspired four-piece indie band, have just finished recording their new album and most recently played at Melbourne Festival.


Sunday 3 November @ 3.45pm

OMA & BELLA – Women and Food Event

Adult $20/Concession $17

Lisa Goldberg and Merelyn Frank from the popular Jewish cookbook Monday Morning Cooking Club will introduce Oma & Bella and talk about food, friendship and preserving recipes from past generations. This event includes some tasty treats inspired by the recipes of Oma & Bella.


Sunday 3 November @ 6.00pm

HANNAH ARENDT – Screening and Discussion (The Banality of Evil)

Adult $20/Concession $17

Following the screening of Hannah Arendt, this academic panel will discuss Arendt’s most famous writing on ‘The Banality of Evil’. Moderated by Dr. Avril Alba with panellists Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet, Dr. Robert Buch, Professor Clive Kessler and Professor Danielle Celermajer. Co-presented by the Goethe Institut Australia with the support of Sydney Jewish Museum


Wednesday 6 November @ 6.30pm

FILL THE VOID – Screening and Discussion

Adult $20/Concession $17

Following the film, Encounters@Shalom joins JIFF for a special discussion at Set Bar, downstairs from the cinema. Simon Holloway (academic, educator and former Yeshiva student) and Rebbetzin Fruma Schapiro (Co-director of Chabad House of the North Shore) will delve into the themes and issues raised by Fill the Void and the ultra-orthodox world it depicts. Michael Misrachi, Education Director of the Shalom Institute, will facilitate the discussion.  Co-presented by the Shalom Institute.



Wednesday 13 November @ 6.30pm

LIVE OR DIE IN ENTEBBE – Festival Guest to Attend Screening

Adult $20/Concession $17

Festival guest Eyal Boers, Director of Live or Die in Entebbe will be in Sydney for the Australian Premiere of his fascinating documentary on the famous historical triumph of the Jewish people, Operation Entebbe. Boers has a BA in political science and philosophy and is interested in portraits of heroism and delving deeper into the cultural significance of such iconic events.


Sunday 17 November @ 1.15pm

MAKING LIKE CHILDREN / MAMELE – Festival Guest to Introduce Screening

Adult $20/Concession $17

Festival guest Oran Franco will introduce the premiere of his short film Like Children prior to the screening of the newly restored 1938 Yiddish classic Mamele.


Sunday 17 November @ 6.30pm


Adult $29/Concession $25

Please join us for a drink and some music before the closing night film When Comedy Went to School.  This engrossing documentary looks back on an era when the legends of laughter were just starting out and how the famous Catskill Mountains in upstate New York played a role in creating a golden generation of comics who made our sides split. Narrated by Borscht Belt veteran Robert Klein, this documentary features revealing interviews and contributions from comedy iconoclasts such as Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jerry Stiller, Jackie Mason, Larry King, Mort Sahl, Marc Maron and Wendy Liebman. The film also reveals rare archival footage of Rodney Dangerfield, Lenny Bruce, Henny Youngman, Don Rickles, Mel Brooks, Buddy Hackett, a young Jerry Seinfeld and Danny Kaye — all cutting their teeth on one of the toughest circuits in showbiz history.



Festival Dates:

SYDNEY:                31st October to 17th November 2013 – Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

MELBOURNE:    6th to 24 November 2013 – Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

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