NYC, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, London, Copenhagen – Jewish film festivals in these metropolises are initiating interest in the films’ explosive and amazing documentations and stories on the themes that characterize our world right now. We’re building on this momentum at the 2017 Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, coming up in mid February.
Our focus is on the development of Israel as a product of the world’s political, religious and societal trends. The idea of this year’s program “The Other Israel” is to create the basis for a new angle on the Israeli society’s film landscape. In this decade, more than ever, documentaries and feature films are produced at a rapid pace: Co-productions, internationally recognized titles, award-winning productions. With this year’s program we want to introduce our audience to an Israel that few people know – to narrative breakthroughs, breaks with taboos, breaks with preconceptions, breaks with the national affiliation, and breaks with entrenched identities.
Of course there is much more underway during the festival besides films. We want to expand the viewing experience with new formats – to attract interest from new audiences and to support the festival’s tradition of being brave, faithless and inclusive. Experience a fearsome boat trip across the strait in twilight, German reconciliation talks, soundscapes and works in progress. Look forward to CJFF’s Grand Opening with a screening of Germans & Jews and the event “At dinner with” – an unconventional film conversation around dining tables, featuring challenging topics and exciting guests. Don’t miss it!