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ENZIAN Announces Films for 15th Annual Central Florida JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Co-Produced by Enzian

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ENZIAN Announces Films for 15th Annual Central Florida JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Co-Produced by Enzian and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando


Central Florida Jewish Film Festival | November 16 – 18, 2013
The 15th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival is a cinematic celebration of Jewish life, culture, and history.  Using the power of film to inform, educate,  and most of all entertain, the festival challenges conventional perspectives on issues facing all of us. This year’s festival will feature a newly expanded program with 5 films and an opening night program at the Orlando Science Center.

The festival is produced by Enzian and the JCC of Greater Orlando as part of the Cultural Festival Circuit and is supported by United Arts of Central Florida. 

Program Lineup

ZAYTOUN | Co-presented by Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando
Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM at the Orlando Science Center
UK/Israel/France,  2012, 110 min, Not Rated, Directed by Eran Riklis, In English, Arabic &  Hebrew with English subtitles

In 1982 Beirut, a captive Israeli fighter pilot and 12-year-old Palestinian refugee form an unlikely alliance to get back to Israel—the older man to his pregnant wife, the boy to his ancestral home.  Part buddy movie and part wartime thriller, this new film from renowned Israeli director Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree) reaffirms his gift for finding common ground in the midst of conflict.
Sunday, November 17, 11:00 AM at Enzian
USA,  2013, 76 min, Not Rated, Directed by Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank & Lawrence Richards

Why are there so many Jewish comedians?  The answer lies in New York’s Catskill Mountains (aka “The Borscht Belt”), where Jewish immigrants transformed lush farmland into the 20th century’s largest resort complex.  Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller and countless others are featured in this incredibly entertaining portrait of the comedy boot camp for American humor. 

AFTERMATH | Southeast Premiere
Sunday, November 17, 1:30 PM at Enzian
Poland/The Netherlands/Russia/Slovakia, 2012, 107 min, Not Rated, Directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski, In Polish with English subtitles

A tense and gripping thriller that won a major award at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival, AFTERMATH tells the story of two brothers who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, family, neighbors, and the history of their nation.   Inspired by actual events, the film caused controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in that country’s history. 

Monday, November 18, 4:30 PM at Enzian
USA/Ukraine/Israel, 2012,  75 min, Not Rated, Directed by Roberta Grossman

A fun-filled documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, and more, this richly detailed and surprisingly profound film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America.

Monday, November 18, 6:45 PM at Enzian
Lebanon/France/Qatar/Egypt/Belgium,  2012, 105 min, Rated R, Directed by Ziad Doueiri, In Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles

This riveting drama focuses on Amin,  an Israeli Palestinian surgeon fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society.  His picture perfect life is turned upside down after a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves 17 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife was responsible. Convinced of her innocence,  Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. 

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WHEN: November 16th – 18th, 2013

WHERE: Opening night will be held at the Orlando Science Center, 777 E Princeton St  Orlando, FL 32803
All other screenings take place at Enzian Theater, 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751

  Mensch Pass | $70 - All 5 films, First Priority Seating – Doors open 30 min. early
  Series Pass | $45 - All 5 films, Second Priority Seating
Individual Tickets | $10 - Third Seating
Group Rates (20 or more) | $1 discount on individual ticket

Passes can be purchased online at, in person at Enzian’s box office, or the Roth JCC in Maitland. Individual tickets are available at or Enzian’s box office only. For group inquiries, please contact Allison Estes at (407) 629-1088x234.

Table Reservations are not available for this event.

INFO: Enzian is Central Florida’s only full-time, not-for-profit cinema for first-run independent and international film, classic revivals, documentary features, and select family entertainment. Enzian, a member-supported organization serving the community for more than 28 years, is home to the Florida Film Festival and Eden Bar.  For additional information,  visit or call general information at (407) 629-1088.

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General Admission $11.00 / Student/Senior/Military (with ID) $9.00
Matinees $9.00
Film Society Members $8.50 at all times

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1300 South Orlando Avenue  Maitland, FL 32751  Info Line: (407) 629-0054  Theater Offices: (407) 629-1088