2019 Festival: February 6 – 18
Film Through a Multi-Cultural Lens
Denver Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by the Sturm Family Foundation
The alchemy of a darkened theatre, a room full of peers, and a larger-than-life story transforms a film into something much greater than the sum of its parts. It is an art form and a community building experience. It is entertainment and a reflection of our collective humanity. It is a magic that cannot be replicated on-demand or on ever-shrinking screens. When you see someone’s identity and values revealed on the big screen, their experience – their existence – is validated. That is the impact of a Jewish film festival – to declare to our community at large, despite lingering anti-Semitism or notions of what movie stars or subjects should look like, that we have a diverse array of stories to share. Film festivals are the vessels that carry these diverse stories across the globe, to many thousands of like-minded cultural consumers.
We are deeply proud of our festival’s history of showcasing Jewish and Israeli perspectives of the human experience through cinema. Throughout the years, we’ve offered a program that provides an expansive view – both topically and geographically. From fascinating documentaries on Jewish cultural icons ranging from Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, to Hollywood star (and inventor) Hedy Lamarr, to the multi-talented performer Sammy Davis, Jr., to Dutch thrillers featuring notorious Holocaust villains, to riveting Israeli dramas depicting life both past and present. We pride ourselves on showing the Jewish perspective throughout the world.