Jewish Cultural Film Festival

Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival 2019
Jan. 24, 26, and 27, 2019

Wolff Auditorium at Jepson Center, Gonzaga University
502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258

Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (NR; some strong language)

In English – 87 mins.

Winner of 2018 audience awards for best documentary at the Philadelphia and Washington Jewish film festivals

Menemsha Films

Heading Home is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, few having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land to the tournament in South Korea, where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. Watch the trailer.

The film will be introduced by Julie Morris, Spokane Area Jewish Family Services board member and Hadassah Foundation chair. All attendees are eligible for a drawing to win 2019 Spokane Indians tickets!  

Heading Home

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Bye Bye Germany (NR; some strong language, sexual situations, and a disturbing image)

In English and German (English subtitles) – 102 mins.

Film Movement

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money? The savvy businessman focuses on what Germans need most: fine bed linens wrapped in amusing stories. But questions about his past remain. Why does he have two passports? Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? Bye Bye Germany deftly blends themes of survivor guilt and wartime trauma with a strong sense of playfulness and a colorful wit. Watch the trailer.


Bye Bye Germany

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.

Shoelaces (NR; some mild innuendo)

In Hebrew (English subtitles) – 102 mins.

Nominated for 8 Ophir Awards (Israeli Film Academy Awards)

Menemsha Films

Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuven’s kidneys are failing and his son, Gadi, wants to donate one of his own to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure, claiming that Reuven, as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Through the film’s portrayal of love, rejection, and co-dependency, it sheds light on the importance of human life and human connection. Watch the trailer. 


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