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    RUN BOY RUN

    A compelling saga of courage and compassion, RUN BOY RUN tells the extraordinary true story of ten year old Yoram "Srulik" Friedman who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 and lived in the woods, hunted by the Nazis. View Trailer

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    HANNA'S JOURNEY

    Unexpected complications arise when Hanna, a young German business student travels to Israel to escape her country's past. She takes volunteer jobs with special needs adults and elderly Holocaust survivors to selfishly boost her resume and career. View Trailer

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    THE FAREWELL PARTY

    This poignant and darkly comic tale centers around a geriatric gang of friends and lovers in a Jerusalem retirement home who secretly build a euthanasia machine to help their terminally ill friend end his life in dignity. View Trailer

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    IT HAPPENED IN SAINT-TROPEZ

    Unashamedly romantic, this breezy comedy of manners It Happened in Saint-Tropez begins with a family wedding and funeral and severe case of sibling rivalry. Roni, a secular and successful gem merchant with a trophy wife who lives in the present is the polar opposite to his just-widowed observant brother Zef. View Trailer

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    THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER

    The rags to riches story of superstar Sophie Tucker, Hartford's most famous daughter who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century lights up the big screen. View Trailer

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    FELIX AND MEIRA

    This nuanced, romantic drama set in the present-day Montreal of hipsters and Hasids, is an unconventional romance between two people with seemingly nothing in common: Meira, a discontented ultra-Orthodox wife and mother and Felix, a lonely, eccentric artist. View Trailer

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    ZERO MOTIVATION

    M*A*S*H meets "Girls" in this zany, dark and comedic portrait of life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers set in a remote army base. More concerned with battling boredom, computer games and boyfriends, the rebellious Zohar, frustrated Daffi and their overwhelmed commander Rama lead a wonderfully universal cast of male and female characters. View Trailer

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    ABOVE AND BEYOND - BRUCE SUNDLUN'S INCREDIBLE WWII JOURNEY

    Long before he was the Governor of Rhode Island (1991-1995), a millionaire businessman and larger-than-life Jewish-American success story, Bruce G. Sundlun survived one of the most amazing escape stories of World War II. View Trailer

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    DANCING ARABS

    Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Israeli-Arab writer Sayed Kashua, Dancing Arabs is a story about fitting in, family ties, finding friendship and falling in love while straddling two very different worlds. View Trailer

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    BERLIN CALLING

    Kastle Waserman, an ex-punk chick rebel from Los Angeles, always knew growing up a big, dark cloud hung over her family. View Trailer

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    THE GO GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS

    Capturing the life and times of legendary Israeli producers Menahem Golan (who died in August 2014) and Yoram Globus, this movie buff's doc recounts the inside story of two cousins in pursuit of the Hollywood dream who turned its power structure upside down. View Trailer

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    24 DAYS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ILAN HALIMI AFFAIR

    With 24 Days, Alexandre Arcady offers a gripping and carefully-plotted thriller that tells the true story of the 2006 kidnapping-for-ransom and torture of 23 year old Ilan Halimi in a Paris suburb by The Gang of Barbarians. View Trailer

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    THE PRIME MINISTERS, PART TWO - SOLDIERS AND PEACEMAKERS

    Based on Ambassador Yehuda Avner's bestselling and award-winning book, The Prime Ministers, this sequel to last year's runaway hit follows the diplomat's experiences during the years he worked for Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin.

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    CLOSED SEASON

    Set in 1942, this gorgeously lensed dramatic tale finds bookish young Jewish refugee Albert in hiding at the remote Black Forest farm of Fritz and Emma, a childless couple desperate for a family. View Trailer

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    ABOVE AND BEYOND - THE BIRTH OF THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE

    In 1948, a group of World War II pilots from America, Canada and England, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. It wasn't their country but they made it their war. View Trailer

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    DELI MAN

    The story of the American deli, accented by a tender cut of corned beef, a garlicky pickle and a crusty knish, is the story of Jews - their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and western assimilation. View Trailer

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    THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM

    The stories of two beloved Jewish icons are woven together in this enchanting film: Theodore Bikel, troubadour, singer, civil rights activist and actor and Sholom Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller. View Trailer

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    HANNAH COHEN'S HOLY COMMUNION

    A spirited 7-year-old, growing up in Dublin in the 1970's, can't wait to make her Holy Communion. The only problem is - she's the wrong religion.

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    HAVANA CURVEBALL

    San Francisco teen Mica is enthusiastic, good-hearted and dreams baseball. He embarks on a quest to deliver baseball bats, gloves, shoes and balls to kids in Cuba as part of his bar mitzvah service project and in gratitude to the country that welcomed his grandfather during the Holocaust. View Trailer

Welcome to the Festival!


Sophie Tucker, Theodore Bikel, Nancy Spielberg, Kara Sundlun and Darko Tresnjak are some of the big names on screen and in person that will light up our screens in 7 venues this March. Daring Israeli flyboys and soldier girls; prime ministers and pastrami kings; heroes, homeruns and heartthrobs star in 19 red hot hits from Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Poland and the USA. Cinephiles will be treated to riveting dramas, powerful documentaries, romantic comedies and shorts - all are premieres! Live music, parties, food and insightful programs with special guests create an unforgettable ten days of international Jewish storytelling.

Throughout the festival, a series of original short films "Through A Centennial Lens" will screen to celebrate the Mandell JCC's 100th birthday.

Nicole Greenblatt & Dr. Benson Monastersky, Co-Chairs
Harriet J. Dobin, Director
19th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival

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