At the opening night of the New York Jewish Film Festival, the New York premiere of the luminous Moon in the 12th House kicked off the festivities at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Marking the 26th opening of the NYJFF, a partnership between the Jewish Museum and Film Society of Lincoln Center, a special screening featuring director Dorit Hakim, actress Yuval Scharf and producer Leelu Shira—all from Israel—gave the film’s intimate exploration of the relationship between sisters and the nature of forgiveness center stage.
The New York Jewish Film Festival has been a preeminent showcase for Jewish film since its inception in 1992, and is presented annually by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In addition to being one of the leading global film forums, the NYJFF is one of New York’s longest running collaborations between two cultural institutions. Among a diverse lineup of films scheduled for this year’s 26th annual festival, a few highlights stand out in demonstrating the wide range of what defines Jewish film.
The Jewish Museum collection spans 4,000 years of Jewish culture through nearly 30,000 objects from around the world. From fine art to Judaica, the collection speaks to the global Jewish experience, whether by virtue of the subject depicted or because a work represents a significant contribution to art and Jewish cultural history.