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The Dayton Jewish Film Festival is this month -- and this lineup should NOT be missed

The 18th Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival kicks off in April. 

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The festival -- which runs from April 17 through May 10 --  will bring the best in Jewish and Israeli cinema to Dayton, Yellow Springs and Beavercreek.

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Bye Bye Germany kicks off the festival with a film peppered with Yiddish flavor; a picaresque comedy-drama about the untold story of the Jewish men and woman whose grit allowed them to succeed in postwar Germany against all odds -- ultimately paving the way for reconciliation.

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The 2018 lineup of nine films and eleven screenings includes American and foreign films. The festival spans multiple genres and explores varied themes of injustice, love, war, politics, religion, and family relationships. This year, four of our films will have special guest speakers following their showings.

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The Tuesday, April 24 showing of Bagels Over Berlin features guest speaker and film director Alan Feinberg; the Monday, April 30 showing of Big Sonia features guest speaker and Temple Israel Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz; the Tuesday, May 8 showing of An Act of Defiance features guest speaker and retired criminal prosecutor Jim Levinson, partnering with Hadassah; and the Thursday, May 10 Closing Night screening of Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me features guest speaker and Editor and Publisher of the Dayton Jewish Observer, Marshall Weiss.

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The Dayton Jewish Film Festival is presented annually by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Dayton.

"The JCC's Jewish Film Festival committee this year has selected an extraordinary mix of films sure to please the entire community,” said Michael and Rochelle Goldstein, 2018 Festival co-Chairs in a press release to this news organization.

“From the opening heartwarming comedy about Jewish survivors restarting lives in post war Germany, to the awesome documentary of the most unlikely Jewish American, Sammy Davis Jr., our 2018 films offer a wide ranging selection of feature films and documentaries to entertain us and expose us to various aspects of Jewish life, both domestic and foreign."

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2018 Dayton Jewish International Film Festival Lineup

Tuesday, April 17

Opening Night: Bye Bye Germany (Es War Enmal in Deutschland)

7PM @ Cinemark @ The Greene (4489 Glengarry Dr., Beavercreek, 45440)

$9 adult/$8 student

Thursday, April 19

Keep the Change

7:15PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)$9 adult/$8 student

Tuesday, April 24

Bagels Over Berlin, with Guest Speaker Director Alan Feinberg

7:15PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)$9 adult/$8 student

Wednesday, April 25

An Act of Defiance

7PM @ The Little Art Theatre (247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 45387)$9 adult/$8 student

Thursday, April 26

The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbren)

7:15PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

$9 adult/$8 student

Sunday, April 29

Shelter 

5:15PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

$9 adult/$8 student

Monday, April 30

Big Sonia, with Guest Speaker - Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz

7:15PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

$9 adult/$8 student

Wednesday, May 2

The Cakemaker

7:15PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

$9 adult/$8 student

Tuesday, May 8

An Act of Defiance, with Guest Speaker Jim Levinson

Film: 10AM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

Coffee: 9:30AM

$9 adult/$8 student

Tuesday, May 8

Opening Night: Bye Bye Germany (Es War Enmal in Deutschland)

7PM @ The Little Art Theatre (247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 45387)

$9 adult/$8 student

Thursday, May 10

Closing Night: Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me, with Guest Speaker Marshall Weiss

7:15PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)

$9 adult/$8 student

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Want to go?

WHAT: 18th Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival

WHERE: Cinemark @ The Greene (4489 Glengarry Dr., Beavercreek, 45440), The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420) and The Little Art Theatre (247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 45387)

WHEN: 

INFO: Call 937-610-1555 | Website

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