The 28th Annual

February 18 - March 3, 2024

Security

  1. Security at All Theaters: In light of the current situation, we have enhanced security measures at all festival theaters. Our goal is to create a safe and worry-free environment for all attendees.

  2. Visible Security Presence: You’ll notice visible security personnel at every event. They are here to ensure your safety and address any concerns promptly.

  3. Collaboration with Local Authorities: We work closely with local police and law enforcement officials to coordinate security efforts. Their expertise and vigilance contribute to a secure festival experience.

Please take a minute to thank Our Police and Security Guards: We extend our gratitude to the dedicated police officers and security guards who tirelessly safeguard our festival. Their commitment allows us to celebrate cinema without worry.

Don't miss

In the musical comedy LESS THAN KOSHER, a wayward singer’s life takes a divinely uproarious turn when she lands a cantor gig in her family’s synagogue, sparking self-discovery, family meshugas, and unholy chaos. At 20, Viv was a promising young singer. At 30, her failing music career has forced her back into her mother’s basement. But when this self-proclaimed “Bad Jew” somehow lands a job as a cantor at her family’s synagogue, she’s thrown into a wild ride of illicit affairs, tense family drama, Tik Tok fame and self discovery. Closing Day and Night screenings in Chandler and Scottsdale, respectively.

  • The film’s actress, co-writer and co-producer Shaina Silver-Baird will speak at Scottsdale and Chandler.
  • Won the Audience Choice Award at Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
  • Judeo-Pop: ask YOUR cantor or kids about it!
Less than kosher

Don't miss

And trust us, you do not want to miss out on the movie magic that’s about to unfold across the Valley! Discover stories about a groundbreaking American congresswoman, a self-proclaimed “Bad Jew” cantor, a nostalgic café proprietor, and a vibrant Jewish-Moroccan family celebration—all on the big screen! This is your last chance to catch great Jewish films on the big screen and come together as a community for the thrilling conclusion of the 28th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival!

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Bella!

Sunday, March 3, 3:00 PM, Scottsdale

Bella!
Bella Abzug was larger than life, known for her big hats, her big Jewish mouth, and the big tent that is now called alliance politics. This documentary provides an entertaining and comprehensive look at Abzug’s astonishing legacy fighting on behalf of women, the working class, communities of color and LGBTQ.

  • Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, Temple Chai assistant Rabbi and the first female Rabbi to serve in the U.S. military as a Chaplain (Colonel) in the United States Army Reserve, will speak after the screening.
  • Includes interviews with Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Marlo Thomas and more.
  • Preceded by the short film Deciding Vote.
Generation 1.5

Thursday, Feb. 29, 3:00 PM, Scottsdale

The film captures the personal drama of the immigration of Jews to Israel after collapse of the Soviet Union. The film is led by the story’s main protagonists – the immigrants themselves — those who left behind careers, family, friends and memories and started all over at a different end of the world.

  • Beginning in the 1990s and over just one decade, approximately 1 million immigrants from the USSR arrived in Israel.
  • Today, these Russian immigrants make up about one-tenth of Israel’s population.
  • Preceded by the short film Periphery.
The Shadow of the day

Thursday, Feb. 29, Scottsdale & Chandler

A gripping tale of love against odds set in Italy of the late 1930s, The Shadow of the Day follows provincial restaurant owner Luciano, an emotionally wounded World War I veteran and a fascist sympathizer, who finds his complacent life shaken when Anna, a young woman fleeing Mussolini’s fascists, begs him for a job.

  • Rabbi Michael Beyo, CEO and Rabbi of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, will speak after the screening in both Scottsdale and Chandler.
  • Italy was governed by the National Fascist Party from 1922 to 1943, with Benito Mussolini serving as prime minister and dictator.

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