Victoria International Jewish Film Festival

7th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (October 16 to 24, 2021)

Reminding us of common joys and universal, unifying themes

Running October 16th to 24th, the 7th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) mixes virtual and in-person screenings:

  • In the virtual cinema, the VIJFF presents five feature-length films, three short films, and two live-streamed discussions with film directors and other panelists.
  • In-person screenings (at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street) include two feature-length films, live jazz pre-show performances, and a family film for children ages 10 and up.

The VIJFF opens at 7:30pm on October 16th with a virtual shorts program and four online feature-length films:

  • Here We Are, a humorous, heartwarming story about an Israeli father and his autistic son
  • They Ain’t Ready for Me, a documentary about a female African-American rabbinical student’s efforts to make her Chicago neighbourhood safer (with an online interview with the film’s director October 21, 7pm)
  • Winter Journey, with Bruno Ganz in his last performance, as a Jewish German father’s recollections of his past to his son
  • Whispers of Silence, an innovative, albeit weighty Mexican documentary about intergenerational trauma among the families of Holocaust survivors (with an online discussion with the film’s directors and other panelist October 19, 7pm)

The VIJFF’s live screenings continue at the Vic Theatre on October 17th with two feature-length films:

  • Screening at 1pm (and online from 8am-8pm) is The Crossing, a family film about the journey to safety in Sweden during WWII, of two Jewish Norwegian children and the two Christian children who assist them
  • Screening at 4pm (with a live jazz pre-show at 3:30pm) is Neighbours, a film, rich in humanism and humour, about a Kurdish boy and his uncle in Syria and their relationship with their Jewish neighbours through time and tyrannies.

The VIJFF presents its closing film on October 24th at the Vic Theatre:

  • Screening at 4pm (with a live jazz pre-show at 3:30pm) is Breaking Bread, a mouth-watering documentary about the Jewish and Palestinian chefs who gather in Haifa for a celebration of food and culture

Ticketing Information:

  • This year’s VIJFF is by donation.
  • Virtual films are available to order now.
  • In-person screening tickets will be available September 23rd for front-of-line orders (bronze/silver/gold sponsors) and September 30th for general orders.

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We hope to see everyone at this year’s VIJFF!

The VIJFF is a project of the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria.

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