9:00 PM / Dolce Fine Giornata

Dolce Fine Giornata opens the film this year’s Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival on February 21st, with a brief introduction by festival director Anne Boukris. Reception and lounge in Asta Bar.

SAT 22/02

1:45 PM / Kosher Beach + Red (pre-film)

Before Kosher Beach we will show the 12-minute short film Red.

3:45 PM / ASK DR. RUTH + introduction

The showing of Ask Dr. Ruth will be shown on Saturday, February 22 at 15:45 with an introduction and audience talk by Gabriela Rehfeld, midwife, couples therapist and clinical sexologist. Gabriela Rehfeld has an entertaining and quite charming way of meeting people’s needs. Sex life in particular has been her focus for many years, and so it is perfectly obvious to let her share her analyses and insights for many years based on the movie about Dr. Ruth. The funny thing is that sex is so essential to our health and to our society – and at the same time incredibly taboo.

The event takes place in Danish, and the talk will last around 60 minutes.

7:00 PM / Echo + introduction

Psychologist Tal Wietzman-Nave will introduce the film Echo and will afterward explore the phenomenon of adultery in dialogue with the audience.

Tal Wietzman-Nave is a Ph.D. and clinical psychologist from Haifa, Israel, but now lives in Denmark with her family. She is a practicing psychologist in Copenhagen, and is particularly interested in women’s emotional life in intimate relationships. In her research, Tal examines women’s ability and capacity to maintain and live in love relationships and marriages. One of her special interests is adultery.

The event takes place in Danish, and the talk will last approx. 25 minutes.

SUN 23/02

4:30 PM / Sigmund Freud, a Jew without God + director talk

It is really a difficult exercise to map out Freud’s capabilities in just one single movie. After all, it’s not just a theory of anything, for the psyche is one of the pillars of modern society – and thus holds all its quests, discoveries and delusions.

Director David Teboul always accompanies his films – and will also be at this viewing. Following the screening, we invite Bent Rosenbaum, who specializes in psychoanalysis, to comment on the film and Freud. Bent Rosenbaum is a Consultant in Psychiatry, Adj. Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, and psychoanalyst in the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has written several articles and edited books on Freud and psychoanalysis.

The event takes place in English, and the talk will last a total of 45 minutes.

7:15 PM / Leona + Upper Lip (pre-film) + reception

Before Leona we show the 11 minute short film Upper Lip. Efter the film is a reception hosted by the Mexican Embassy.

MON 24/02

4:30 PM / Advocate – Defender of terrorized Palestinians + introduction

Open discussion and exchange of views
Hosted by Tal Raviv and Anne Boukris

The film Advocate will be followed by an open discussion and exchange of views, where we will be hosting Tal Raviv, a human rights lawyer and international consultant with a personal and professional knowledge of Israeli society viewed through human rights glasses. Tal Raviv works on issues such as human trafficking, forced migration, racism, women, children, and minority protection.

Tal Raviv has worked in Israel, Eastern and Southern Europe, several parts of Africa, and the US, and her perspective on Advocate will be experience-based and personal.

The talk section is in English and lasts approx. 60 minutes.

9:30 PM / Golda + introduction

When political figures are deconstructed, the story takes on new meaning. Introduction and subsequent conversation with the audience facilitated by the festival’s leader Anne Boukris. The talk section is in English and lasts approx. 30 minutes.

TUES 25/02

4:45 PM / A tribute to Herbert Pundik – Documentary on Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Pulitzer and Herbert – A tribute to the voice of the people
Dedicated to Herbert Pundik in collaboration with Foreign Correspondent Hanne Foighel

In December, Herbert Pundik died. As obituaries and memorials unanimously concluded, Herbert Pundik shaped the Politiken we know today. A party-independent newspaper that brings its readers critical journalism from near and far.

But Pundik also turned Politiken into an institution that engages readers in struggles for justice, which Politiken finds it essential to fight for: aid to war victims, freedom for people whose freedom of expression is threatened. A newspaper that may rarely be read on paper in peace and quiet over a cup of morning coffee, but which has become a must-read on the screen, on the train, on the bus, on lunch breaks or on the couch.

But Politiken is, like all other traditional media, pressured by developments. Knowing how to choose your information has become more difficult. Many of us get information on social media, where we hope, but can’t always tell if we are getting a wide or biased picture, because we choose sources with which we already agree. To commemorate Herbert Pundik Pundik, who for decades has provided a dialogue between Denmark and Israel in an attempt to embrace both the powerful grip of history, the attraction of conflicts, and the need for peace, we have asked Hanne Foighel to join the discussion after the film.

Hanne Foighel has provided journalistic insight from the Middle East for the past 30 years. Together with Herbert Pundik, Hanne has made Israel and the events surrounding the small state into knowledge and insight.

Together with us, Hanne will describe how these years have been relative to the critical, peace-loving, and disappointed voices speaking from the focal point that Israel continues to be. With the story of Joseph Pulitzer, we came to think of Herbert Pundik.

Hanne Foighel joins us via Skype.

7:15 pm / The Other Story + introduction

The film is shown with introduction and audience talk – more information will follow soon. The talk section lasts a total of 30 minutes.

9:15 pm / Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life + introduction

The film is shown with introduction and audience talk – more information will follow soon. The talk section lasts a total of 30 minutes.

WED 26/02

In connection with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, this year’s Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), together with Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal,  presents two films which look more closely at Cohen’s references to Jewish thinking and spirituality.

5:30 pm / Jews and Buddhism + conversation

The film will be shown on February 26 at 5:30 pm in Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, with subsequent conversation with Mikael Rothstein.

Mikael Rothstein is an associate professor of religious history, and provide insight into why we seek alternative faiths beyond those we are culturally related to, such as Buddhism, meditation, or others. In addition to his art, Leonard Cohen is also known for his many years in temple with his Buddhist teacher. Cohen just never gave up his Judaism. The question is how to read and understand these religious or cultural existential detractors we make as human beings.

8:30 PM / Bird on a Wire + conversation

The film will be shown on February 26 at 8:30 pm in Nikolaj Kunsthal, with subsequent conversation with Rabbi Rebecca Lillian. The conversation will be in English.

Rebecca Lillian is an interreligious activist, reform rabbi, storyteller, author and editor. Rebecca Lillian has a special fondness for Leonard Cohen’s liturgical depth from Jewish texts and Judaism. She will give us a deeper insight on this day as we immerse ourselves in the master’s universe.

THURS 27/02

4:30 pm / The Passages of Walter Benjamin  + introduction

The film is shown with introduction by Lilian Munk Rösing and audience talk. The talk section lasts a total of 60 minutes.

7:15 PM / There are no Lions in Tel Aviv + introduction / Buffet / Podcast

Come for an evening of doumentary film with intro by Bent Melchior, a snack buffet dinner at the Asta Bar and subsequent special event with podcast, talk, and a so-called Do-It-Yourself-Haggadah workshop. All in the company of representatives from the popular podcast Judaism Unbound from California.

Total ticket price: 130 DKK including snack buffet after the film – only purchase, no reservation. Note: Tickets for the program events cannot be purchased individually.


19.15: There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv appears with introduction by Bent Melchior and audience talk.
20.45: Snack Buffet in Asta Bar.
9.45pm: Talk with podcaster Daniel Libenson from Judaism Unbound & Do-It-Yourself-Haggadah Workshop.
11pm: Thanks for tonight.

Former Chief Rabbi Bent Melchior, grandson of the film’s protagonist, will introduce the film with memories of a grandfather who had to leave the small congregation in Copenhagen under conflicting circumstances. Max was his name, and Bent Melchior, who is a terrific storyteller, will enrich us with anecdotes and the Danish rabbis who created Tel Aviv’s first zoo and probably owned the only parrot in world history that could whistle HaTikva (Israel’s national anthem) and this precisely on the day of the state’s creation in 1948.

Following the film, representatives from the popular podcast Judaism Unbound from California will be present to podcast and join the audience. Daniel Libenson and Lex Rosenborg touch, illuminate, investigate and ask about everything that is going on in the global Jewish world.

FRI 28/02

4:45 pm / Warsaw: A City Divided + intro & talk

Meet Assistant Professor of Urban Planning Jesper Pagh. Jesper is involved with how social, political and economic conceptions of society are reflected in the way we plan and organize our cities – and vice versa – and will share some considerations about the urban aspects of the film.

Following the film, Lene Fischermann, who attended the ceremony on 27/1 in connection with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, will give a lecture. Lene left with her mother Birgit Krasnik Fischermann, who was invited as a guest of the Danish delegation invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Birgit and his family were deported to Theresienstadt when he was 5 years old. Birgit has given a number of lectures in DK, especially for schools and colleges, and has visited Auschwitz-Birkenau himself several times, including in the context of teaching young people. Lene will share thoughts and feelings before and after experiencing the ceremony, survivors, and the physical structure of the place and its surroundings, such as consists of quite ordinary villa and residential complexes, some overlooking the extermination camp.

7:00 pm / Three Identical Strangers + introduction

The film is shown with introduction and audience talk – more information will follow soon. The talk section lasts a total of 30 minutes.

9:30 pm / Leona + Upper Lip (pre-film)

Before Leona we will show the short film Upper Lip.

SAT 29/02

2:15 pm / Where is Elle-Kari + introduction

Meet instructor Dvorit Shargal. She introduces her film and opens up a whole new world for us – who really knew how global these children’s books were? Dvorit Shargal talks about her beloved childhood books, what significance they have had for her and later generations. Also hear about the connection between Anna Riwkin-Brick and Lea Goldberg. Dvorit Shargal has created and produced the film alone without public support, and with the camera in her own hands.

The event takes place in English, and the talk section lasts a total of 30 minutes.

4:15 pm / Ma’abarot + introduction by Phd. Joshua Sabih and Sociologist Sebastian Cohen

We can look back on history, judge it, and be annoyed by its continued, often difficult, grip on man. But history is a condition. Unlike with the present – we can do something about it. The film Ma’abarot gives rise to reflection, which is why we invited Ido Dror to a conversation about divisiveness in Israeli society. Ido Dror is an artist, teacher at the Democratic School in Tel Aviv (Yaffo) and has for a number of years studied at the Hartman Institute and Alma College. Israel’s leading Torah and Talmud studies in secular Judaism.

The event takes place in English, and the talk section lasts a total of 75 minutes.

6:15 PM / Incitement + talk

Following the film, Sune Haugbølle will comment on the film’s relevance and timeliness. Sune Haugbølle is a Middle Eastern scientist and professor (mso) in Global Studies at Roskilde University. Many will know him from the media, most recently from ‘The World According to Gram’, P1, where he, with Hanne Foighel on the Tel Aviv telephone line, made comments on Trump’s recent proposal for a new Israel-Palestine map. Sune Haugbølle commented that considering this map, the two-state solution, if it wasn’t already, is now finally buried. Incitement is to that extent a commentary on the current situation, and a comment on the silent majority that today, and since Rabin’s assassination, have been largely paralyzed by the political situation.

SUN 01/03

10:00 am – 5:00 pm / GAGA-DAY at Forsøgsstationen

We present a unique program of film, dance, dance and film on March 1 at the Forsøgsstation (The Lab Station) on Sdr Boulevard.

10:00-11:20  Film: Mr Gaga
11:30-12:30  Dance workshop: Gaga/people

12:30-13:50  Film: Mr Gaga
14:00-15:00  Dance workshop: Gaga/people
16:00-17:.00  Film: Out of Focus

PRICE –  1 Film + Dance workshop = 150 kr.

7:00 PM / Four Years of Night + talk

Esaias Baitel is not just any photographer. Originally born in Sweden in 1949, he today residing in Jerusalem. A few months ago, the festival received a request from the Danish photographer Claus Andersen. He suggested that we show a documentary about Esaias Baitel’s four years with the French Nazis. He lived with them in Paris and disappeared into their crooked world with his camera. This has made Baitel an example for the world’s best photographers, and not least for many well-known Danish photographers. Claus Andersen, who has worked with Esaias Baitel, will share his knowledge and references to Baitel’s photographic art. We can guarantee that this will be a very important and educational experience.

The event takes place in English, and the talk section lasts a total of 45 minutes.