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New York Jewish Film Festival 2010

January 13, 2010 - January 28, 2010

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About the 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival
Come in from the cold for some riveting firsts at this year’s New York Jewish Film Festival co-presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center from January 13 to 28. Ajami debuts in New York having already won five “Ophirs”—Israeli Film Academy Awards—including Best Picture. In a rare co-direction by a Palestinian and an Israeli, this feature film is set in multi-ethnic Jaffa, where lives become tragically entangled.



Never before has the NYJFF offered claymation, until now, with Adam Elliot’s Mary and Max, which opened the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The feature-length film centers around Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely 8-year-old Australian girl and Max Horovitz, a 44-year-old, Jewish New Yorker with Asperger’s syndrome. Voice talents include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Toni Colette and Barry “Dame Edna” Humphries.

Leap of Faith is the first long-form documentary to intimately explore religious conversion. Four families are shown letting go of old practices to accept Orthodox Judaism. There’s an impressive range of people—Messianic Jews in Colorado; a recent bat mitzvah whose admission to a Jewish school is challenged; a single mother and U.S. Army reservist; and a Trinidadian nanny in New York.

The many who attended the January 2009 NY Jewish Film Festival were among the first audiences to see the following films which went on to theatrical release: Karin Albou’s Wedding Song and Daniel Burman’s Empty Nest. Broadcast releases included Michal Goldman’s At Home in Utopia and Juan Mandelbaum’s Our Disappeared, which aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series.

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The New York Jewish Film Festival is sponsored, in part, by The Martin and Doris Payson Charitable Foundation. Generous funding was also provided by The Liman Foundation, The Jack and Pearl Resnick Foundation, Mimi and Barry Alperin, and other donors. Additional support has been provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Israel Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA and the French Embassy provided travel assistance.



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