One of the defining contradictions of the Jewish community is that it can be bound together by both religious belief, and secular identity. From revelations of faith, to its absence, these SFJFF43 films examine what it means to believe in, and belong to, something larger than ourselves.
This documentary that centers on an aspiring chaplain in a New York hospital is a meditation on faith, loss and professional sustainability that finds hope and meaning in seemingly hopeless situations.
Yoel is honoring Shabbat in the neighborhood synagogue when his rabbi announces to him that his son is “lighting up”.
Featuring interviews with prominent thinkers like Jeremy Ben Ami, Noam Chomsky and Cornel West, this political documentary captures the complex and sensitive relationship between Jewish-American identity and support for the state of Israel.
When an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn embarks on a mission to save a dwindling Egyptian Jewish community, a Bedouin looking for his camel in the Sinai Desert could be the answer to his prayers in this unlikely buddy comedy cum road movie.
SFJFF invites audiences to rediscover this classic for its 25th anniversary. This animated adaptation of the Exodus story features an all-star voice cast, award-winning songs by Stephen Schwartz and score by Hans Zimmer.
A Black rabbinical student combats racism, misogyny and gun violence by caring for her community on the South Side of Chicago in this inspiring portrait.
When 24-year-old director Kit Vincent receives a terminal diagnosis, his first instinct is to turn on his camera and embark on an emotional, spiritual and darkly humorous journey.
This collection of five short documentaries shows different aspects of life in the Mellah, the Jewish quarter of Marrakech, told mostly by Moroccan Muslims and the few Jews still living there. These films were created by a group of Israeli students from Sapir College and Moroccan students from Benguerir Polytechnic University working under the tutelage of renowned cinematographer Philippe Bellaiche (Advocate, SFJFF 2019).
In this heartwarming and captivating tale, a young widower seeks escape from grief by training with an eccentric stranger who claims his methods will allow the man to fly.
Acclaimed comedian Gad Elmaleh writes, directs, and stars in this gentle family comedy that puts him at odds with his loving but overbearing parents when he decides to convert to Catholicism.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June 2022 sparked a national response, particularly in the Jewish community. Inspired by the lived experiences of Jewish women, lawsuits are currently being launched by rabbis, Jewish organizations and interfaith leaders to challenge the overturning of Roe v. Wade on the grounds of religious freedom.
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