Highlights from Austin Jewish Film Festival 2014

2015/5776 Austin Jewish Film Festival

Celebrates its 13th(Bar Mitzvah) year

The film festival is moving from the spring to the fall. The film festival dates are
October 24-30, 2015 at the Arbor Theatre.


NOW showing from Friday, March 20th – Thursday, March 26th

50 Children Title : GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Director: Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
Length : 75 minutes
Country : Israel | Germany | France
Language : Hebrew | French | Arabic
Date: Friday, March 20th – Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Time: Call (512) 231-9742
Location: Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas


An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian of CASINO ROYALE and PERSEPOLIS), continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity and everything is brought out into the open for judgment.

For more information, please visit REGAL ARBOR CINEMA 8

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Upcoming Event in April!

50 Children “Above and Beyond”
In celebration of Israel’s Independence Day
Director: Roberta Grossman
Producer: Nancy Spielberg
Genre: Documentary
Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 7:15pm
Location: JCC Community Hall, Stage Side
Free and open to the public “donation suggested”. All net proceeds will go to Jewish War Veterans (JWV).


In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of ‘Machal’ — volunteers from abroad — this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the War of Independence, ABOVE AND BEYOND brings together new interviews with pilots from the ’48 War, as well as leading scholars and statesmen, including Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day.

*In collaboration with the Austin Jewish Film Festival, Congregation Agudas Achim Hazak (program for persons 55+), JWV and the JCC Jewish Life and Learning Department.

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