The 17th annual Honolulu Jewish Film Festival is coming to the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre for two consecutive weekends: March 2-3 and 9-10. The festival will feature 10 recent world-class documentaries, comedies and dramas portraying Jewish culture, historical events and contemporary situations—including two films making their national premieres in Hawai‘i.
Most screenings also include Q+A sessions with filmmakers, cast members and other expert presenters. This year’s festival will also feature special visiting guests at both Hawai‘i premieres.
The festival kicks off with The Samuel Project on Saturday, March 2. The film will be preceded by an exclusive Opening Night Gala at Temple Emanu El at 5pm featuring guest appearances by The Samuel Project’s producer Steve Weinberger, director Marc Fusco and actress Malina Moye. Israeli comedian and TV personality Guri Alfi will also be appearing. Complimentary pūpū and libations will be served.
The second weekend of the festival spotlights the film debut of Broadway’s history-making production of Golda’s Balcony. The production’s own award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh will be in attendance to introduce the film and for Q+A sessions at the film’s two screenings.
The HJFF, sponsored by Temple Emanu-El, honors the memory of Kirk Cashmere, a Jewish civil rights lawyer, influential in the passage of some of Hawai‘i’s most courageous and compassionate laws. Kirk was also a film aficionado, who envisioned bringing top-caliber films with Jewish content to our island home.
Mark and Janie Davis Charitable Foundation
Glenn & Debbi Weinberg
James & Sally Zukerkorn Foundation
Cliff & Nancy Halevi and Lynne Halevi
The Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
Bruce Berger in Honor of the Lizzie Meisels Remembrance Foundation
Glenn & Samsil Cannon
The Kleenco Group
Robert & Marcy Katz and Seymour & Sue Kazimirski
Kathy Krammer and Randy Jensen
$175—Red Carpet VIP Package:
Includes "All Access Pass" for all 10 HJFF films, plus admission to the Opening Night Gala Reception on March 2.
$120—All Access Pass:
Admission to all 10 HJFF films (does not include Opening Night Gala Reception). Sales close February 27.
$75—Opening Night All-Inclusive:
Includes Gala Reception and opening night movie ticket.
Individual film tickets:
$20 Saturday night features | $15 all other HJFF Films | $10 18-and-under (available at the door only).