Boulder Jewish Film Festival Announces 2019 Line-Up

Boulder Jewish Film Festival Announces 2019 Line-Up

Join ACE in March to mambo, cheer an Israeli baseball team, savor classic jazz, visit the Israel museum, solve water sustainability, condemn an ex-Nazi who rose to political prominence, celebrate heroism and vision in the Warsaw Ghetto, capture Eichmann, redefine feminism in the Orthodox community, and bid a laugh-through-the tears farewell to Gilda Radner.

The Boulder Jewish Film Festival returns March 7-17, 2019 with an outstanding selection of films reflecting multiple aspects of the Jewish experience and representing the best in current world cinema. We are thrilled to announce our opening night and closing night films – both rousing celebrations of cross-cultural music – as well as our centerpiece and guest tribute.

  • Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, February 4, and may be purchased online at, at the Dairy box office, and by phone, 303-444-7328. There is no Dairy Art Center service charge for tickets purchased by phone or in person.
  • Opening night tickets are available only at
  • Film Sponsors are invited to attend a Sneak Preview Champagne Brunch and enjoy advance ticket sales on Sunday, February 3. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact, or (720) 749-2531.


“It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story” tells the moving story of two German Jewish refugees who founded Blue Note Records in 1939 and for the next 30 years recorded and befriended all the black jazz greats they had idolized back in Germany – where jazz was banned. This musical homage to the harmonizing influence of music details an era when a black-Jewish alliance confronted racism in America and changed musical history. Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and Quincy Jones express their admiration, gratitude, and love for visionaries Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, remembering how, as ostracized musicians, they were treated with dignity and humanity by two men who had narrowly escaped the Holocaust to fight for their equality in America. A jazz reception precedes the screening.

Raphael Shore


Changing the way people see Israel and Judaism is the mission of Raphael Shore, who will be honored with a four-film tribute program. A Canadian-Israeli filmmaker, Shore is the founder of Jerusalem U, dedicated to connecting viewers emotionally with the Jewish homeland. His new film about Israel’s innovative solutions to water shortages, “Sustainable Nation,” will be shown Sunday, March 10. “Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew,” and “When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope” will be shown Monday, March 11, with Shore in attendance.


Join Women of the J on Tuesday, March 12 for a special screening of “Love, Gilda,” an acclaimed new documentary about Gilda Radner’s brilliant comedy, ebullient personality, marriage to Gene Wilder, and tragic death from cancer at 43.


Yehudis Fishman will be honored at the annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival Centerpiece, which features a screening of “93Queen,” the inspiring new documentary about Ruchie Freier, an Orthodox force of nature who has triumphed over male opposition to achieve her goals.


Closing night at the Dairy on March 17 takes viewers back to the glory days of Latin music in America, when urban Jews went wild for the exotic rhythms of tropical lands. “The Mamboniks” revels in those heady days when Jewish and Latino dancers mingled on the dance floors of Miami Beach, the Catskills, and Havana – and pays tribute to a handful of irrepressible seniors still crazy for mambo! Followed by a mambo dance party.


It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story – With ears uniquely attuned to jazz and eyes blind to color, two German-Jewish Holocaust refugees popularized American jazz by founding the seminal Blue Note record label.

The Mamboniks – Its Yiddish-inflected title refers to Jews who went crazy for the Cuban fusion of European melodies and African rhythms known as mambo – and are still swaying to the Latin beat.

93Queen – Hasidic women create the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York, led by a female force of nature who defies male authority while respecting tradition.

The Waldheim Waltz – The astounding story of a former Nazi’s rise to post-war power, and the lies, secrets, and betrayals that led to the incredible injustice.

Heading Home: Team Israel – This stirring story of sports, patriotism, and personal growth charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.

The Museum – Explore the Israeli soul through the galleries, storerooms, staff, and visitors of Tel Aviv’s astounding Israel Museum, the nation’s most important – and illuminating – cultural institution.

The Interpreter – Oscillating between comedy and tragedy, this odd-couple road movie finds two aging men looking for closure from the Holocaust through an unlikely friendship.

Who Shall Write Our History – Producer Nancy Spielberg and director Roberta Grossman, the team behind “Above and Beyond” (BJFF 2016), return with an inspirational story of humanity and heroism in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Outdoors – As a young Israeli couple build their dream home, the foundation of their marriage begins to crumble, challenging them to find the true meaning of home and to focus on the challenge of building a life together.

Love, Gilda – The irrepressible comedienne’s story is told by Gilda Radner herself, in copious interviews, along with recently discovered interviews and home movies, creating a memorable portrait of a beloved comic genius.

Operation Finale – The capture of Adolph Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) by a team of Mossad agents is superbly depicted in this uncommonly intelligent 2018 Hollywood thriller starring Oscar Isaac.

Sustainable Nation – Discover how three Israeli innovators are taking valuable lessons learned in water-poor Israel to bring clean, safe water to millions of people around the world – from using plants to clean waste water to a computer system that monitors moisture in trees.

Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew – Once a young shepherd in Africa and now a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, Mekonen strives to find his place as an African-Israeli Jew defending his new homeland and its liberal values of democracy, freedom, and equality.

When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope – Young Israeli soldiers whose injuries leave them fighting for the strength to live finding meaning by reaching out to those in need, discovering that what didn’t kill them really did make them stronger.

To Dust – Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul) plays a recent widower who forms a clandestine partnership with a community college biology professor (Matthew Broderick) as he struggles to find religious solace while obsessing over the physical process of human decay.

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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