Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival

Film Festival

The Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival promotes Jewish values and diversity through the medium of film, striving to entertain, educate, and raise community awareness of Jewish identity, history, and culture.


Tickets purchased online will be subject to a convenience fee (no additional fee for tickets purchased via phone). Upon availability, walk-up tickets may be purchased at the JCC table at Santikos Palladium beginning one hour prior to the first show time of the day. Ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Questions? Call 210-302-6867.

The 2018 Film Festival Line-Up**

The Festival at Santikos Palladium IMAX  
Saturday, Feb. 17 | 8pm & 8:20pm
1945 12 August 1945, 11 AM. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. Within a few hours, everything changes.

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*Sunday, Feb. 18 | 2pm & 2:15pm
Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators 
Monkey Business Explores the extraordinary lives of Hans & Margret Rey, authors of the beloved Curious George children’s books.

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Sunday, Feb. 18 | 4:30pm & 4:45pm
Mr. Bernstein
Mr. Bernstein After Debbie hears about her father's life-changing musical experience in a refugee camp, she tracks down the famous conductor years later.

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Sunday, Feb. 18 | 4:30pm & 4:45pm
The Maestro: In Search of the Last Music
The Maestro The story of Francesco Lotoro, a professional pianist who is determined to preserve the music created clandestinely by inmates in concentration camps.

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Sunday, Feb. 18 | 7:30pm & 7:45pm
Alone in Berlin
Alone in Berlin A German couple lose their son in WWII, prompting them to become secretly anti-Nazi.

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*Monday, Feb. 19 | 2pm & 2:15pm
Bye Bye Germany
Bye Bye Germany A Holocaust survivor who is trying make it to America is deprived of his savings and overtaken by his shady past.

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Monday, Feb. 19 | 4:30pm
Joe's Violin (short)
Joe A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor’s violin donation changes the life of a 12-year-old girl from the Bronx.

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Monday, Feb. 19 | 4:30pm
Death in the Terminal
Terminal A 2016 Israeli Rashomon-style documentary film recounting the events of the October 2015 Beersheva bus station shooting.

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Monday, Feb. 19 | 7:30pm & 7:45pm
An Act of Defiance
Defiance Nelson Mandela and nine others stand trial during the apartheid era in South Africa.

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Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 4:30pm
Futures Past
Futures Past A filmmaker returns to document the death of the world built by his father.

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Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 7:30pm & 7:45pm
Paradise A Russian woman in a concentration camp crosses paths with an SS officer who once fell madly in love with her.

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Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 4:30pm
Dimona Twist
Dimona Seven women arrive in Israel by ship in the 1950s & 60s and are sent to Dimona, a town recently established in the desert.

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Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 7:30pm & 7:45pm
Wig Shop (short)
Wig Shop An Orthodox woman uncovers a life-changing secret from a hairdresser along a melting pot stretch of Pico Boulevard.

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Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 7:30pm & 7:45pm
A Quiet Heart
Quiet Heart In Jerusalem, a secular young woman seeks refuge from the pressure of her life as a concert pianist.

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**Screening schedule subject to change. The JCC reserves the right to add screenings when necessary.

Film Festival History 
Held annually, typically in February, the Jewish Film Festival was conceived in 2001 by Mel Pomerantz whose persistent efforts brought it to life. Films are selected through an arduous process that includes identifying, researching, and screening more than eighty films each year to select the best to present to the community. We thank our loyal patrons for returning to the Festival year-after-year.

The Festival has been held at a number of locations, including the Barshop JCC in the Holzman Auditorium, San Antonio Museum of Art, Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro, Santikos Embassy 14, and Santikos Palladium IMAX.

The Sequel 
In addition to the annual Jewish Film Festival, the JCC features extra film screenings throughout the year. This series of films, also selected by the Festival Committee, is aptly called "The Sequel", and offers the community the opportunity to enjoy cinema outside of the Film Festival. The JCC also hosts a number of Film Events throughout the year in conjunction with Jewish holidays, special celebrations, and more.
The Committee 
Wendy Barker, PhD • Susan Blumenthal* • Jolene Davis • Clarance Dickinson • Steven G. Kellman, PhD • Sandy Levenshus • Seymour Palans • Alan Petlin* • Ann Pomerantz • Stephen Shanfield, MD • Carol Sugarman • Sharon Teich • Alice Thorner

*2018 Film Festival Co-Chairs

Sponsorship Opportunities
Are you interested in supporting the Film Festival as a Sponsor? Providing Jewish Art events to our community is an important component of our JCC Mission. With the dedication of generous sponsors, we are better able to connect our community to a full array of arts and culture events.

As a thank you, our Sponsors receive entitlements over the course of the Festival. We invite you to review the entitlements below and then give us a call if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2018 Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival. For more information, contact Amy Goldstein at 210-302-6866.

2018 Sponsors
Thank you to the following 2018 Film Festival Sponsors*


Elsa Barshop • Jolene & Steve Davis • Dana & Bruce Hendin • Randi & Bob Hutchens • Mary Sue & Maurie Kern • The Lazarus-Gershenhorn Family Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation • Ann Pomerantz • Laura & Jack Richmond • Barbara & Stanley Spigel • Francie & Harris Sterling • Alice & Richard Thorner • Maxine & Dick Zucker


Susan & Jon Blumenthal • Phyllis & Sheldon Braverman • Luann & Larry Cohen • Dale & Harry Eastman • Dana & Andy Eckert • Toni & Richard Goldsmith • Gail & Robert Gurwitz • Mindi Alterman & Glenn Halff • Marylou Daugherty & Roxanne Henkin • Jeff Kavy •  Rochelle & David Lefton • Shirley & Charles Lerner • Sandy & Saul Levenshus • Danny Markson • Judy & Seymour Palans • Kristy & Alan Petlin • Myra & Abe Ribak • Bari & Arthur Rosenthal • Bonnie Reed & Stu Schlossberg • Phyllis Davis & Leonard Seidner • Lynn & Samuel Stahl Family Philanthropic Fund • Sherie & Anatole Trakhtenbroit • Bette & Jack Vexler • Sandy & Mel Weingart


Gayle & Stanley Alterman • Marjorie & Joel Baseman • Beldon Roofing Company • Beverly & Mike Birnbaum • Linda & Stanley Blend • Phyllis Cole • Clarance Dickinson • Claire Golden • Jayne & David Gordon • Danna & Jim Halff • Sally Halff • Ruth & Hal Hoine • Roxana & Jerry Kelfer • Wendy Barker & Steven G. Kellman • Barbara & Herbert Keyser • Max & Louie's New York Diner • Louise Mandel & Brant Mittler • New Balance San Antonio • Karen & David Palans • Nancy & Barry Portnoy • Daniella & Tibor Ritter • Alicia D. Leff & Stephen Shanfield, M.D. • The Family of Gloria & Gerald Silber • Ellen & Bob Sims • Carol & Kenneth Sugarman • Kenneth Train • Leslie & Jon Tramer • Jo & Sig Weiner • Tina & Brian Weiner • Ginny Wind • Ruthie & Dick Wurzburg

*As of Dec. 28, 2017

For more information about the Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival, please contact Maya Siler.

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