Boulder Jewish Film Fest Just Got Bigger

Boulder Jewish Film Fest Just Got Bigger

banner_BJFF13On Erev Martin Luther King Day – last Sunday night – more than 90 people showed up at the Boe to attend the Boulder Jewish Film Festival screening of  Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent.” Unfortunately, the state-of-the-art cinema only holds 70, and those who hoped to buy tickets at the door were disappointed.

Sponsored by the ADL, the film was not only well attended but also very enthusiastically received. The brand new one-hour documentary pays tribute to one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Many in the crowd confessed amazement that they had never heard of Rabbi Prinz. His speech at the fabled 1963 March on Washington immediately preceded “I Have a Dream” – recently voted the most important speech of the 20th century and the subject of a new book titled simply, “The Speech.”


In the pictures taken at this watershed moment in American history, the rabbi and the preacher stand side by side, smiling with seeming amazement at this momentous march. How could Prinz have been ignored by history? How is it that the only published work on this Jewish mover and shaker, the president of the American Jewish Congress and hence the representative of the Jewish people, is his own memoir, published posthumously, “Rebellious Rabbi.” A legend not only in America but in Berlin during the Third Reich (he was formally expelled in 1937 after publicly urging Jews to leave Germany), Prinz was by all accounts charismatic, inspirational and widely beloved. An ardent Zionist, he took unpopular positions that proved him incredibly prescient.

Following the screening, there was clamoring for another showing. Thanks to the sponsorship of Richard and Josh Dinar, the film has been squeezed into the Boulder Jewish Film Festival schedule – just as the program is being readied for the printer. Richard is the father of Boulder JCC board member Josh Dinar, and a current member of the New Jersey congregation led by Prinz before his death in 1988. Dinar senior helped the directors find funding for the film, and has taken up the film’s cause. “This is a film that needs to be seen,” he explained during a phone conversation last week.

Tickets for the film festival go on sale Feb. 9 at Don’t be one of the disappointed ones who gets turned away at the door. Check the BJN to see the entire program. And mark your calendars now with this last-minute addition:

PrinzJoachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

Wednesday, March 18, 4:00 pm in the Boe

Directed by: Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak

Running time: 57 minutes / Language: English

Talkback: Special guest speaker

While Martin Luther King Jr. is widely and rightfully honored for leading the Civil Rights Movement, the same cannot be said of the equally inspiring Rabbi Prinz, one of his closest, most  influential, and courageous partners.

Sponsored by the Richard and Josh Dinar Families

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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One comment

  1. i still think that for those of us who want to see the films and cannot afford them because we are not rich, like most of you seem to be, there should be a way to volunteer for the festival; BFF does it; why not our
    Jewish FF? there are always little jobs such as greeting or taking tickets or programs handout;

    it's a shame that JFF does not allow this; Even BETC at The Dairy offers free showings of their plays in exchange for ushering or ticket taking;
    it seems that JFF is run by a committee that seems to be very snobbish.