Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival

The 2019 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival takes participants on a cinematic, cultural journey that depicts a broad spectrum of Jewish life. The films shown come from all over the world, providing diverse audiences with a glimpse into the Jewish experience.


We are excited to bring you six 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.


For more information contact Gon Erez at 330.746.3250 ext. 159 or

Ticket Pricing (per person):
Students: $5.00
Pre-order: $7.00
Door: $10.00
Season Ticket: $40.00


Who Will Write Our History

Determined to defeat Nazi lies with pen and paper, an underground movement of Jewish intellectuals carries out an extraordinary form of wartime resistance in “Who Will Write Our History.” There will be a live video conference with the producer following the film.
Date: Monday, September 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Co-Sponsored by The YSU History Club

The Unorthodox

Tired of being pushed around, a disenfranchised Sephardic father launches an improvised campaign to establish influence in 1980s Israeli society, in the lively, crowd-pleasing drama “The Unorthodox.”
Date: Sunday, September 22Co-Sponsored by The Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at YSU
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Encore Cinema, Niles
Co-Sponsored by The Department of Politics and International Relations at YSU

The Samuel Project

In “The Samuel Project,” Eli gets to know his grandfather Samuel for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the high school senior discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. 
Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Movies 8, Boardman

If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast

What's the secret to living into your 90s - and loving every minute of it? In “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” irrepressible writer-comedian Carl Reiner (who shows no signs of slowing down at 95) tracks down several celebrated nonagenarians, and a few others over 100, to show how the twilight years can truly be the happiest and most rewarding. 
Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Encore Cinema, Niles
Co-Sponsored by The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Gerontology at YSU

Look at Us Now, Mother!

Look at us now, Mother!” is a humorous, moving, intimate, and courageous film following the transformation of an abusive mother and tumultuous mother-daughter relationship to that of acceptance and love as we follow the personal story of the filmmaker. There will be a meet and greet with the producer following the film.
Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

The Women's Balcony

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem in “The Women’s Balcony,” a rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. This movie is free to view. 
Date: Sunday, October 13
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Temple Ohev Tzedek
Co-Sponsored by The Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at YSU

Price: varies


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