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JCC Hosts 16th Annual NJ Jewish Film Festival, Mar. 26-Apr. 10 in West Orange


SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC Metrowest has announced its 16th annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival line up presented from March 26 - April 10, 2016, at 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052.

This year’s festival features a wonderful lineup of 18 comedies, dramas and documentaries from around the world that exploree Jewish history and contemporary culture in Israel and across the globe. A large variety of narratives show a diversity of subjects from Israeli Cuisine to Rabin: in His Own Words to Rock in the Red Zone. The range of genres spans from romantic comedies to music, thrillers, human rights issues, Jewish identity, racism, questioning one’s own conscience, religion, living with disabilities and Holocaust. T

The award-winning film premieres are followed by discussions with filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, artists and other insightful and entertaining experts, giving our audience the opportunity to consider the ultimate meaning and message of the film.

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On Sundays, there will be matinees ranging from In Search of Israeli Cuisine on March 27 to Dough on April 3 and Manpower on April 10. Dough will be preceded by a dessert reception and resource fair for senior adults. On Wednesday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m., Theodore Bikel:  In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem will be screened.

The festival opens Saturday, March 26 at 8:45 p.m. at JCC MetroWest with the NJ premiere of How To Win Enemies from Argentina, an intriguing dramedy. The screening will be followed by the NJJFF Opening Night Dessert Reception Celebration.

On Saturday, April 9, the New Jersey premiere of A Tale of Love and Darkness made by and starring Natalie Portman will be presented at 8:45 p.m.

Closing night, Sunday April 10 will feature at 7:00 p.m., Rock in the Red Zone followed by a local rock band and Dessert Reception.

All films will be screened at: Maurice Levin Theater, JCC Metrowest - 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, unless noted otherwise, see below:

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival will present films at other venues including a Free Screening at the College of Saint Elizabeth on Monday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. featuring Karski & The Lords of Humanity.

Join NJJFF at Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange, Wednesday, March 30 for Fire Birds and on Wednesday, April 6, The Kind Words, both at 7:30 p.m.

Vicky Jacobs, co-chair and curatorial advisor said: "The New Jersey Jewish Film Festival’s continuing mission is to delight, educate, intrigue, inform and familiarize its sophisticated audience with new films ranging from entertaining to thought provoking - always timely and masterfully directed."

NJJFF offers several film programs throughout the year, including the Reel Film Series and Extra! events. For a full schedule and more details, please visit

Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, including the festival schedule, call the festival hotline at (973) 530-3417.

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