The Jewish International Film Festival kicks off with Ask Dr Ruth on Opening Night in Sydney and Melbourne with drinks, canapés and live music. An entertaining portrait of a trailblazer who at 91 years hasn't stopped working nor shown signs of slowing down; this is Dr Ruth Westheimer. A Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist, this is a portrait of a woman whose outlook on the world was shaped through the tragic loss of her parents and never seeing them again as an orphan of the Holocaust.
A powerful heart-stopper on day one, it doesn't end there. With so much more on offer at this Film Festival that holds a wide range of Jewish themes amongst 62 movies and documentaries from around the world, get booking so as not to be disappointed. Save by buying a JIFF Film Festival Pass for Melbourne (24 Oct-20 Nov), Sydney (23 Oct-21 Nov), Perth (6 Nov-17 Nov), Canberra (7 Nov-17 Nov) & Brisbane (7 Nov-17 Nov). If you haven't already picked up a hardcopy of the program, get it online HERE.
One of the strongest films ever presented at JIFF, be the first in Australia to see Taika Waititi's highly anticipated WWII Satire Jojo Rabbit on Closing Night in Melbourne. Another trial blazer himself, Jewish Maori Director Waititi has been producing films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok to name a couple that have reached heights of popularity with the common man.
Premiering to a standing ovation at Toronto International Film Festival, Jojo Rabbit is a charming, heartfelt, inventive and hilarious coming-of-age film. A young German boy's view of the world is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. There's drinks and live music on the night of the event.
If you're up for a Best Babaganoush Contest at 3.30pm with guest judge Michael Rantissi (Kepos Street Kitchen), register your participation HERE.
A celebration of the diverse heritage of a favourite Middle Eastern snack, it'll be followed by Abe screening at 4.15pm on Sun 3 Nov at the Ritz Cinema, Randwick. Abe is a 12 year old young protagonist who resorts to food as a way to bring his multicultural family together. Son of an Israeli mother and Palestinian father he escapes escalating family tensions through his passion for food and a new found fellow foodie.
From inspiring docos about Mrs G aka Lea Gottlieb the legendary designer, founder and owner of the Gottex swimwear empire to a touching and surprising film about Anton Yelchin, a broader portrait of a gifted, curious and complicated man, there's plenty to enjoy at JIFF. You'll need to go through the program with a fine toothcomb and take advantage of those festival pass alternatives.