February 29, 2024
A scene from “The Catskills.” Courtesy photograph

The thirty fourth annual San Diego Worldwide Jewish Movie Pageant kicks off Jan. 31 with each in-person and digital choices.

The SDIJFF, which runs in-person from Jan. 31 to Feb. 11 and nearly from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, showcases a collection of one of the best modern Jewish movies. Thirty-four characteristic movies and 28 quick movies can be screened and there can be loads of free in-person-only screenings on the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre on the Lawrence Household Jewish Group Heart in UTC.   

The in-person screenings can be held on the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, whereas digital movie screenings can be found on demand. Restricted, free in-person screenings can even be accessible. The underwriter-exclusive screening of “Kidnapped,” by legendary Italian director Marco Bellocchio, can be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. It was chosen to compete for the Palme d’Or on the 2023 Cannes Movie Pageant. 

All of the movies that can be screened on the pageant have been rigorously chosen to characterize the Jewish expertise, together with highlights akin to: 


Brash, energetic, and devoted to actual democracy, “Bella Abzug got here to the US Home with a sledgehammer” and have become the voice of ladies the world over. 

“Left Alone Rhapsody – The Musical Memoir of Pianist John Bayless”  

With a particular efficiency by movie topic and pianist John Bayless.  

Opening evening movie. Expertise the life and profession of the incomparable pianist John Bayless, who confronted an incredible problem at age 38 and returned to the live performance stage. 

“Remembering Gene Wilder”  

With visitor speaker, co-director, and author Glenn Kirschbaum.  

It is a joyous romp by way of Wilder’s profession, together with many memorable movie clips and interviews exploring his background, relationships, and contribution to cinema. 

“The Catskills” 

Centerpiece movie.  Bear in mind Grossingers, the Harmony, golf, smorgasbords, leisure, and laughs? Revisit the historical past of this storied summer time mountain getaway for vacationing Jewish households.  

“The Monkey Home”   

Avi Nesher, award-winning Israeli director’s new movie!  A once-successful novelist tries to revive his fading profession by hiring an actress to play the a part of a Masters literature scholar finding out his work. A wide range of twists and turns ensue.  2023 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars); 11 nominations. 

For extra details about the San Diego Worldwide Jewish Movie Pageant, go to www.lfjcc.org/cjc/sdijff.aspx.