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Welcome to the Mort Skirboll

2021 VIRTUAL Jewish Film Festival
of Sarasota-Manatee!

As we enter the festival’s 12th year, we are especially proud to present a premier line-up of 21 remarkable and diverse films that will impact, provoke, and move you. They are documentaries, narratives, tragedies and comedies, mysteries and love stories. Most have won awards and will have special meaning to our community of viewers. ALL FILMS ARE BEING HELD VIRTUALLY!

 

During this time of COVID we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continued support of the Jewish Film Festival.   In doing so, you are fulfilling our Federation’s mission and the tenet of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, ultimately, helping to provide our community much needed enjoyment.

 

The Jewish Film Festival is one of many programs also sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.   The yearly Film Festival that attracts so many movie-goers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, is all about strengthening Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. We hope you will leave energized, inspired and moved by the rich traditions and culture of Judaism found in movies celebrated around the world.  See you at the movies!

 

Jewish Film Festival Founder and Honorary Chair: Roz Goldberg

2021 Jewish Film Festival Co-Chairs: Cheryl Shapiro and Bunny Skirboll

Opening Night Event Chairs: Meredith Ernst and Adrea Sukin

 

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING COMMITTEE

Susan and Michael Albert, Gail Banner, Karen Bernstein, Roberta Berson and Frank Tucciarone, Fran and Jack Braverman, Sandy and Gary Chase, Geri and Lenny Drexler, Marsha Eisenberg, Esme and Eric Faerber, Helen Glaser, Debby and Jerry Hamburg, Paul Hollinger, Barbara Horowitz, Barbara Jacob, Carole Kleinberg, Barbara Kupferberg, Lois Lewis, Susan Newmark, Ilene O’Connell, Bert Rapowitz and Lauri Pollack, Ronnie Riceberg, Nadia Ritter, Lori Ruland, Cheryl Shapiro, Inna Sideman, Bunny Skirboll, Sue and Marty Spector, Lois Stulberg, Evans Tilles, Janet Tolbert, Marysue and Leon Weschler.

 

PRICING

  • JFF Friend Sponsorship: Includes ALL 21 FILMS
    • Thru end of festival: $236
  • Individual Event Tickets: $15 each

 


PLEASE NOTE: Click the Box Office button below to be directed to the offsite Festival Box Office, hosted by Eventive.org. The festival URL is MSJFF.eventive.org/Welcome. 

Film links will be sent out the evening prior to the screening. The link will be active from 8:00am the morning of the screening for 48 hours. Films are available only on the days listed. 


Screening days have been included in the film trailers below and are also included on the purchase form.

 

Click the tab to be directed
to the Eventive help page. 

 


 

FESTIVAL GUIDE

View the complete festival guide that was highlighted in the February edition of The Jewish News.

For information about sponsoring this program
please contact:

Jeremy Lisitza

941.343.2113

jlisitza@jfedsrq.org

 

 

 

 TRAILERS

ABE Opening Event!

Monday, March 1

Comedy/Drama

Sponsored by Shelly & Sy Goldblatt

 


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Zoom discussion with director, Fernando Grostein Andrade, March 2 at 3pm EST

 



 

VIRAL: ANTI-SEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS

Tuesday, March 2

Documentary

 

 


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Zoom discussion with director, Andrew Goldberg, March 3 at 3pm EST

 


 

30 KM/H

Wednesday, March 3

Documentary. Hebrew with English subtitles.

 

 

 


 

THE CROSSING

Thursday, March 4

Drama. Norwegian with English subtitles.

 

 

 


 

HOLY SILENCE

Saturday, March 6

Documentary

 

 

 


 

SYNDROME K

Sunday, March 7

Documentary. Italian with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Nessa & Rich Levine

 

 

 


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Zoom discussion with filmmaker Stephen Edwards, March 8 at 3pm EST

 

THEY AIN'T READY FOR ME

Monday, March 8

Documentary

 

 

 


 

SAUL & RUBY, TO LIFE

Tuesday, March 9

Documentary

 

 

 


 

AFTER MUNICH

Wednesday, March 10

Documentary. Hebrew with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Debby & Jerry Hamburg

 

 

 


 

A STARRY SKY ABOVE ROMAN GHETTO Centerpeice Event!

Thursday, March 11

Drama. Italian with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Marcia Eisenberg

 


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Zoom discussion with director Giulio Base, March 12 at 3pm EST

 


KISS ME KOSHER

Saturday, March 13

Comedy/Drama. Hebrew and English with English subtitles.

 

 

 


 

THE ONE & ONLY JEWISH MISS AMERICA

Sunday, March 14

Documentary.

 


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Zoom discussion with director David Aron, March 15 at 3pm EST

 


 

BUKRA FIL MISH-MISH

Monday, March 15

Documentary. French with English subtitles.

 

 

 


 

AN IRREPRESSIBLE WOMAN

Tuesday, March 16

Drama. French with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Brian & Joan Wides

 

 

 


 

THE ALBANIAN CODE

Wednesday, March 17

Documentary.

Sponsored by Classrooms Without Borders

 


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Zoom discussion with director Yael Katzir, March 18 at 3pm EST

 


MARRY ME HOWEVER

Thursday, March 18

Documentary. Hebrew with English subtitles.

 

 

 


 

THE FINAL HOUR

Sunday, March 21

Documentary. Turkish, Spanish, Greek, Ladino with English subtitles.

 

 

 


 

FOUR MOTHERS

Monday, March 22 ★SNEAK PREVIEW★

Documentary. Hebrew with English subtitles.

 

 

 


 

MY NAME IS SARA

Tuesday, March 23

Drama.

Sponsored by Dr. Louis & Mrs. Milly Chaykin

 

 

 


 

WINTER JOURNEY

Wednesday, March 24

Documentary.

Sponsored by Lori & David Liner

 

 

 


 

BREAKING BREAD Closing Event!

Thursday, March 25

Documentary.

Sponsored by Cheryl & Steve Shapiro

 


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Zoom discussion with the director Beth Hawk, March 26 at 3pm EST

 


 

THANK YOU FESTIVAL SPONSORS!

PRESENTING SPONSOR

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2020 - 2021
Federation Torch Sponsors

Howard Berman and Sharon Sexter

Edie and David Chaifetz
Leon R. and Margaret M. Ellin
Debbie and Larry Haspel

Sylvia and Norman Samet

Bunny Skirboll

Hadassah and Martin Strobel

Lois Stulberg

OPENING NIGHT SPONSOR

Shelly and Sy Goldblatt

CENTERPIECE SPONSOR

Marsha Eisenberg

CLOSING NIGHT SPONSOR

Cheryl and Steve Shapiro

BRONZE SPONSORS

Anonymous

Ann and Robert Jackson

Lori and David Liner

udell-associates

COPPER SPONSORS

Sharon Sexter and Howard Berman

Fran and Jack Braverman

Dr. Louis and Mrs. Milly Chaykin

Debby and Jerry Hamburg

Ruth Kreindler

Nessa and Rich Levine

Ellen and Henry Mason

Harriet and Jules Schaeffer

Adrea and Jack Sukin

Marysue and Leon Wechsler

Brian and Joan Wides

PEWTER SPONSORS

Ruthe Actor

Susan and Michael Albert

Gail and Howard Banner

Ronnie Bernard

Karen and Tom Bernstein

Roberta Berson and Frank Tucciarone

Sheila and Jerry Birnbaum

Cookie Bloom

Fred Bloom

Kay Delaney and Murray Bring

Barbara Brizdle

Sandy and Gary Chase

Dr. Herbert and Anita Cohen

Fran and Jeff Cohen

Syma and Jay Cohn

Millie and Don Cole

Elizabeth Cucchiaro

Toby Deutsch

Meredith and Al Ernst

Esme and Eric Faerber

Gloria Feibus

Janis and Jay Forgotson

Jean and Michael Freed

Helen Glaser

Nancy Gold

Roz Goldberg

Faith and Michael Goldman

Lewis Hanan

Barbara Horowitz

Barbara Jacob

Gail Kaplan

Marcy and Michael Klein

Sandi Kligman

Sandra and Ben Krause

Barbara Kupferberg

Joan and Bart Levenson

Jack Levin

Marion Levine

Lisa and Bill Libman

Leslie D. and Mitch Marantz

Barbara and Philip Meltzer

Andi and Abe Morris

Marian Moss

Robert and Andi Munzer

Iris Nahemow

Susan and Kenneth Newmark

Bert Rapowitz and Lauri Pollack

Ronnie Riceberg and Dennis Zimmerman

Nadia Ritter

Laurie Roshfeld

Irene and Marty(z"l) Ross

Lori Ruland

Natalie and Evan Salmore

Sandy and Howard Schapiro 

Lois and Alan Schottenstein

Karen Selwyn 

Nancy and Barry Shapiro

Inna and Gerry Sideman

Cindy and Martin Spector

Sue and Marty Spector

Susi and Jack Steenbarger

Cheryl and Mel Taub

Bryna and Howard Tevlowitz

Evans Tilles and Terry Neis

Janet Tolbert

Lee Vickman and Carol Camiener

Hannah and Norm Weinberg

Patti and David Wertheimer

Fremajane Wolfson

Debbie Yonker

MEDIA SPONSORS

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