More Than 20 Films to Screen at This Year's Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

click to enlarge A scene from the Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish FilmFest's opening night film, The Unorthodox. - COURTESY OF THE CLEVELAND JEWISH FILMFEST
Courtesy of the Cleveland Jewish FilmFest
A scene from the Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish FilmFest's opening night film, The Unorthodox.
Celebrating its 13th year, the Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish FilmFest, which takes place from Sept. 5 to Sept. 16, will showcase more than 20 films from around the world.

The festival opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Atlas Cinemas Shaker Square with The Unorthodox, a film about a man who starts a grassroots movement to form a party of Mizrahi Jews.

The festival will also bring back three films that were audience favorites from prior years, and the schedule includes AKA Doc Pomus, a film that pays homage to Doc Pomus, the blues singer-songwriter who penned “Viva Las Vegas” and dozens of other hits, and Sixty Six, a bar-mitzvah themed film that coincides with the tidal wave of interest in World Cup Soccer.

Tel Aviv on Fire, another highlight, satirizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and centers on a soap opera that's popular with both Israel and Palestinian audiences. The producer finds himself in a awkward position as he tries to satisfy an Israel commander, the commander’s wife (she's an avid fan) and the show’s Arab backers. That screening takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 15, at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

FilmFest tickets go on sale on Aug. 5 at Tickets will also be available at the Mandel JCC membership desk (no ticket sales on Saturdays).

Visit or call 216-831-0700 ext. 0 for more details and ticket information.

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