The Louisville Jewish Film Festival


The Louisville Jewish Film Festival is presenting an international collection of 10 diverse Jewish films including documentaries, docudramas and feature films at the 21st annual Film Festival. We’ll be posting some previews in the coming days.


While these films document Jewish history, contemporary issues, or stories told through a Jewish lens, the films contain universal truths and can be enjoyed by everyone, says Marsha Bornstein, Louisville Jewish Film Festival Director. “The power of film enables us to experience Jewish cultural complexity and possibly change our perspective. This year we are excited to have as speakers two filmmakers, Roberta Grossman and Elad Laor, as well as one of the most renowned critics of Latin American Cultural Studies, David William Foster.”

Among the films selected are international and national award winners, and some that include special events for attendees to enjoy. Two films to note for the Festival include Who Will Write Our History and The Cakemaker.

Who Will Write Our History, documents how Jews lived and died after being captured and held by Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto. It mixes writings with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations. Following Who Will Write Our History, Feb. 9, filmmaker Roberta Grossman will speak and join attendees at a catered reception. Grossman has written, produced and directed many historical documentaries, including three films included in past festivals.

The Cakemaker, winner of the best feature film at the Jerusalem Film Festival, will have two showings on Feb. 21, including a matinee. This film about love and relationships, focuses on a young German baker named Tomas who falls in love with Oren, a married Israeli man who makes frequent business trips to Berlin. 

Jewish Film Workshop Project Director and filmmaker Elad Laor from Tel Aviv University Tisch School of Film and Television will share the unique creative process of the JFW, and the fascinating stories behind the scenes of the workshop’s latest film, The Prophetson Feb. 13 following Foreign Land, and Jerusalem In Between.

At a reception following The Tenth Man, David William Foster, a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, will speak.  Foster works with Jewish artists, writers, film directors, photographers, theater directors and is one of the most renowned critics of Latin American Cultural Studies. 

Although, not all films are suitable for children, the Festival will also once again showcase two films, A Bag of Marbles and The Samuel Project, that are suitable for children ages 10 and up. A Bag of Marbles (Feb. 10) is based on the novel that tells the true story of brotherly love when two young brothers work to reunite with their family in Nazi-occupied France. In The Samuel Project (Feb. 17 and 27), Eli, a teenage boy, develops a deeper connection with his grandfather as he hears his grandfather’s story of being heroically saved from Nazi capture.

The Festival will also have a free viewing of short films made by Ma’aleh School of Film students (Feb. 18), featuring comedies and dramas. 


The 2019 Louisville Jewish Film Festival runs February 7-27, including 10 feature films, an evening of shorts and two showings of the same film for a total of 12 events. The majority of screenings are held at Village 8 Theatres and special events are held at Bellarmine University, Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum, University of Louisville Planetarium, Adath Jeshurun and The Temple synagogues. Most tickets cost $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door with $5 student tickets.

For the full list of films and descriptions, screening locations, price and ticket information for the 2019 Louisville Jewish Film Festival, visit www.jewishlouisville.org/filmfestival.

For Further Festival Info Contact Marsha Bornstein at mbornstein@jewishlouisville.org.


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