Toronto Jewish Film Festival

The Toronto Jewish Film Foundation produces programming and projects offering the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from Canada and around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity.  The Foundation is dedicated to using film for its contemporary popular value and accessibility, in order to reflect the diversity of the Jewish experience internationally. TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and to present films in their original languages, with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.

Through the presentation of international and Canadian films, the Festival aims to be both a window to and a mirror of Jewish culture.  The Festival strives to be inclusive of all aspects of the Toronto community, regardless of age, affiliation or income.  We undertake to show films for their contemporary, popular value, and for their ability to address the subject of Jewish identity.  That is, to be a Jewish Film Festival, and not a film festival for Jewish people.

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December 4, 2022

The issue of antisemitism as subject for cinema has always been hotly contested. Professor Eric Goldman’s in-depth examination of these films proves quite revealing.

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November 6, 2022

In honour of Holocaust Education Week 2022, TJFF is proud to partner with the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre to screen this riveting cinematic adaption of Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s Molière Award-winning play.

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November 10, 2022

to November 13, 2022

Using entirely archival footage, Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa meticulously reconstructs and visualizes the historical context of this event.

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October 23, 2022

to October 26, 2022

The plight of the Kurdish people living under Syrian rule is highlighted with a satiric edge in Mano Khalil’s masterful autobiographical film.

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October 2, 2022

to October 13, 2022

A beautifully-rendered and sensitive love story set in Italy during the holiday of Sukkot.

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September 11, 2022

to September 18, 2022

A tribute to the late groundbreaking television journalist, producer and documentarian Patrick Watson, with an online screening of three Jewish-themed episodes of his much-lauded series Witness to Yesterday.

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August 28, 2022

The story of the extraordinary Dutch war hero Truus Wijsmuller, who saved more than 10,000 people during WW2. 

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April 10, 2022

to April 13, 2022

Persian Lessons is a unique and spellbinding drama by Ukrainian Jewish director Vadim Perelman (The House of Sand and Fog).

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June 9, 2022

to June 26, 2022

TJFF2022 features the best in Jewish-content film from Canada and around the world including International, Canadian and Toronto Premieres.

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March 7, 2022

to March 9, 2022

To mark the passing of theatre icon Martha Henry last year, we present a double-bill of two of her early performances from the first decade CBC television. 

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February 24, 2022

to February 27, 2022

With great affection, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison’s quest to re-envision the beloved stage hit as a wide-screen epic.

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February 3, 2022

to February 6, 2022

The story of Tamar Manasseh, the African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on the south side of Chicago.

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December 2, 2021

to December 5, 2021

An exploration of antisemitism in France, from its origins in the Middle Ages to today, and how the situation in France speaks for its rise around the world. 

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November 18, 2021

to November 21, 2021

A charming comedy from Israel, featuring a terrific cast that includes Shlomo Bar-Aba (Footnote), Dov Glickman (Shtisel), and Joy Rieger (Past Life).

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October 14, 2021

to October 17, 2021

Celebrated Canadian playwright and filmmaker Jason Sherman goes to Israel to search for the tree that was planted there in his name on the occasion of his bar mitzvah at Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue forty years ago.

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September 9, 2021

to September 12, 2021

To honour the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, TJFF presents a heartwarming Israeli classic about a High Holiday miracle.

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June 13, 2021

to June 14, 2021

A heartfelt drama inspired by a true story. An unlikely duo in Paris join forces to tackle systemic neglect towards those marginalized by society.

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June 4, 2021

to June 6, 2021

Co-writer and co-director Aviva Armour-Ostroff, well known in the Toronto theatre community, delivers a mesmerizing lead performance in this dynamic film about politics, religion, the mental health care system, and parenting.

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June 3, 2021

to June 6, 2021

The little-known and inspiring story of how a group of Jewish immigrants helped shape Toronto into one of the most successful multicultural cities in the world by creating affordable, quality, rental housing for post war immigrants. (Closed Captioning available)

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May 1, 2021

to May 1, 2022

FilmMatters, is the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation’s educational outreach programme for elementary – secondary school students and teachers across the GTA. 

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May 6, 2021

to May 15, 2021

A look at films that have illuminated one of history’s most traumatic events, featuring a carefully curated collection of iconic films as well as our discussions with filmmakers, historians, experts and exclusive introductions.

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June 3, 2021

to June 13, 2021

TJFF 2021 features over 60 films, including International, Canadian and Toronto Premieres, all accessible for viewers in Ontario.

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April 22, 2021

to April 25, 2021

Academy Award nominee Dror Moreh (The Gatekeepers) expertly chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible—securing peace between Israel and its neighbours.

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March 17, 2021

to March 24, 2021

The Consulate General of Israel in Toronto & Western Canada is pleased to announce the participation of internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Yonatan Nir in an exclusive moderated discussion on his debut documentary film Dolphin Boy.

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March 8, 2021

to March 9, 2021

An honest and beautiful movie with breathtaking cinematography about Hagit, a young woman with a cognitive disability, who is challenged with employment, love, marriage, family involvement and housing. etc…

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March 10, 2021

to March 14, 2021

The Toronto Jewish Film Foundation and The Montreal Israeli Film Festival are thrilled to invite you to an exclusive sneak peek at the long-awaited new season!

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February 27, 2021

to February 28, 2021

An illuminating exploration of how political, financial and messianic interests intersect, ultimately reshaping American policy towards Israel and the Middle East. 

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February 7, 2021

A special screening and Zoom Panel Discussion as Toronto filmmaker Gabrielle Zilkha revisits her critically-acclaimed 2016 documentary.

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February 1, 2021

to February 3, 2021

Morley Torgov is an award-winning writer, who brought to life stories about Jewish communities in small-town Ontario with humour, warmth and a critical eye.

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January 21, 2021

to January 22, 2021

Set against the beauty of Montreal, this is a sensitive love story that will delight fans of the miniseries Unorthodox.

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October 30, 2020

to November 1, 2020

Equal parts Abba, disco and camp, the Swedish international pop group sensation, Army of Lovers, is the subject of this rollicking, upbeat documentary.

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November 1, 2020

to November 2, 2020

During the Civil Rights era, Jewish leaders worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King to advance racial equality.

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October 25, 2020

Back by popular demand, professor Marc Lapadula returns to TJFF to examine some of the memorable work by filmmakers.

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October 22, 2020

to October 25, 2020

Acclaimed director Eytan Fox returns to TJFF with a poignant depiction of the transformative power of love through a cross-generational encounter.

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October 29, 2020

to October 31, 2020

TJFF presents an eclectic collection of wonderful new shorts films from around the world, produced in the Yiddish language.

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October 22, 2020

to November 1, 2020

Featuring over 50 Films, including 4 North American Premieres, 19 Canadian Premieres and 10 Toronto Premieres International, Canadian and Toronto Premieres!

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September 22, 2020

to September 24, 2020

To honour the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, TJFF is proud to offer this special online screening and Zoom Q&A.

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August 27, 2020

A panel discussion as part of The Honest Ed’s Experience with Lulu Wei, Itah Sadu, Franca Longobardi, and Ken Greenberg, Gene Mascardelli.

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August 25, 2020

to September 2, 2020

TJFF and OJA present a special screening series celebrating the life and legacy of Jewish impresario Ed Mirvish and his beloved discount store, Honest Ed’s, a landmark for generations of immigrants upon their arrival in Toronto.

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