Our mission is to take you on a cinematic cultural journey that depicts a broad spectrum of Jewish life. The films shown at the Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival come from all over the world, providing diverse audiences with a glimpse into the Jewish experience.

The Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival is being co-presented by the Jewish Community Center and the YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies. Since its inception in 2003, the YAJFF has grown and flourished through this partnership, reaching a steadily growing and diverse audience. 

We are very excited to bring you seven outstanding films this festival season. Grab a friend and a bucket of popcorn and treat yourself to the richness of Jewish life projected through the lens of modern filmmakers.

To inquire about the festival: 
Sarah Wilschek, Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival Program Manager:
330.746.3250 ext.123

Hosting Organizations:  

Ticket Pricing (per person):
Students: $5.00
Pre-order: $7.00
Door: $10.00
Season Ticket: $40.00
*3 PM showing of The Invisibles is $5/per person

Upcoming Movies:

The Testament
1h 28 min | Drama | 11 January 2018 (Israel)
September 16, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Boardman Movies 8, Boardman
Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
1h 40 min | Documentary | 14 October 2017 (USA)
September 20, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Encore Cinema, Niles
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

Wrestling Jerusalem
1h 30min | Drama | April 2016 (USA)
September 27, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Encore Cinema, Niles
Writer-Actor Aaron Davidman embodies seventeen different characters in and around the sacred city of Jerusalem as he takes us on an eye-opening journey into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian story. Exploring universal questions of identity and human connection, the film is about one man's effort to embrace a multiplicity of conflicting viewpoints, chronicling a brave exploration of the complex humanity at the heart of one of the world's most troubling conflicts .

Who’s Gonna Love me Now?
1h 24 min | Documentary | March 2016 (UK)
October 4, 2018
7:00 p.m
Boardman Movies 8, Boardman
At 21, Saar was expelled from his religious kibbutz and fled to the UK. There he created a new family with the London Gay Men's Chorus and now, after 19 years, Saar reaches out to his old family in the hope of a reconciliation.

The Invisibles
1h 50min | Biography, Drama, History | 26 October 2017 (Germany)
October 11, 2018
3:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Boardman Movies 8, Boardman
Four young Jews survive the Third Reich in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become "invisible." The Invisibles tells the stories of four survivors, interweaving their testimony with highly accomplished dramatizations, an unusual hybrid approach that brings edge-of-the-seat suspense to their years spent underground.

PG | 1h 47min | Comedy, Drama | 25 May 2011 (Israel)
October 14, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Encore Cinema, Niles
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

Price: varies


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