A Great Start: 2022 Miami Jewish Film Festival


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The good news: Films from the Miami Jewish Film Festival will be available to stream for free from Friday, January 14 through Wednesday, January 26. These movies are free! You can donate if you wish; it helps.

The bad news: there are so many movies to watch that you might have to skip school because time-wise it gets a little tricky. Once the content is available on January 14 at 15:00 GMT+1, you’ll have 72 hours to start watching. Once you start, you will have 48 hours to complete the viewing. So you have to plan your route and stuff yourself.

The Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) will be a hybrid of virtual and live programming events with a record 148 films in the lineup, and all virtual screenings accessible, again, free of charge. For its 25th edition, which will take place from January 13 to 27, the festival will screen 108 feature films and 40 short films representing 25 countries, including 11 world premieres, 22 international premieres, 18 North American premieres and 11 American premieres. The line-up includes 22 new feature film directors and an unprecedented 54 films directed by women (37% of the total line-up).

This organization has done things extremely well for years. There are obviously a number of people involved, but the responsibility lies with Igor Shteyrenberg, Executive Director. Films are well organized, communication is fast, promotional material always looks and sounds great, and the snafus that plagues other Miami film festivals is mostly absent due to Igor’s leadership.

The excellence of this festival revolves around its vastness; there are local films, there are historical films, there are documentaries, there are Israeli films, there are German films, there are women’s films, there are LGBTQ films, there are there are comedies, there are tragedies, there are thrillers, there are winners, there are talkies, there are silent films, there are Latino-Jewish films, there are of diversity inclusion, there are GenZ films, and so on. I watched almost twenty-five trailers.

In The Conductor, McArthur Prize-winning Marin Alsop draws inspiration from Leonard Bernstein and shatters a glass ceiling. Bernstein’s Wall examines the composer himself. The “Made in Florida” films show four films receiving their world premieres, including Sylvie of the Sunshine State, which was made entirely during the COVID-19 lockdown and resembles many Miami neighborhoods with its mangoes and sidewalk-less streets . MJFF has expanded its Ibero-American section this year with a fascinating documentary on the island of Xueta on the legacy of the Chuetas (descendants of the Jewish population of Mallorca at the time of the Inquisition), as well as a Brazilian documentary award-winning Leaving Paradise. Several films appear in the festival’s Next Wave competition, which is made up of students and young professionals between the ages of 21 and 35. For the first time, the festival will feature standout international series, including mouth-watering Israeli show The Chef from producers Fauda and Shtisel, and limited series The New Jew hosted by one of TV’s hottest comedians and personalities. people of Israel, Guri Alfi. .

Opening night will be iMordecai, a heartwarming comedy that’s a love letter to the city of Miami and closing night is Holocaust drama Persian Lessons. Opening and closing parties will be held at the historic North Beach Bandshell outdoor amphitheater in Miami Beach.

More information is available at miamijewishfilmfestival.org or by calling 305-573-7304.

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