Tuesday in July and August, starting July 11

2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time

Eye-opening, entertaining films, thoughtful discussion, & free refreshments

Open to the community / discounted for members of the congregation

Get ready for another summer of engaging film viewing and discussion. FJC’s Jewish Film Festival brings the best of the Jewish and International film festival circuit right here to Speen Hall, culling award-winners in both drama and documentary categories.

I am pleased to present the 2017 season. We have two outstanding documentaries, with the director of Disturbing the Peace presenting a Q & A following that film. Big Sonia - both the film and its subject - will move and inspire you. Our four feature films range from two comedies to two varied stories set during and after the Shoah. As always, we have an Israeli feature, the big hit The Women’s Balcony, our season opener. 1945 will remind you of the Polish film Ida in the beauty of its cinematography, the stellar acting, and the haunting story that probes how nations and communities responded to the Holocaust. Our closing film, Fanny’s Journey, reveals yet another haunting but hopeful Holocaust story that you likely don’t know, involving young children who escape to freedom.

Members receive background information about the films by email. All films are followed by a guided discussion.

Our film series consistently brings the community through our doors and engages prospective members. We are delighted to welcome everyone to our films.

Scroll down to view the REEL Pass order form.



 TUESDAYS at 2:00 & 7:30 P.M.                                                                                           

Eye-opening, entertaining films, thoughtful discussion, & free refreshments

July 11      THE WOMEN'S BALCONY (Comedy/Drama – Israel - 2016, / 96 min]

Winner - Audience Award: Cherry Hill Jewish Film Festival & New Jersey Jewish Film Festival. Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards. New York Times & Los Angeles Times Critics Pick. Israel’s #1 Film of the Year.

The collapse of a synagogue’s women’s balcony during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem as the synagogue enters a crisis…and a charismatic, young savior appears. A rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.  Hebrew (with English subtitles)

July 18      DISTURBING THE PEACE (Documentary – USA - 2016 / 87 min)

Q & A with Director Stephen Apkon (Please note: this is a SINGLE screening at 7:30 P.M.)  Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former enemy combatants - Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison - who have come together to challenge the status quo and say "enough." The film traces their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to non-violent peace activists and their founding of Combatants for Peace (CfP). While the film is based in the Middle East, it creates an experience that addresses universal themes relevant to us all - a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities.

July 25      1945 (Drama – Hungary – 2017 / 91 min)

Audience Award: Miami Jewish Film Festival & Chattanooga Jewish Film Series. Official Selection & Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival In this astonishingly haunting film, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface in a quaint village that’s ultimately forced to face up to its “ill-gotten gains” from the Second World War. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. In the shadow of Russian occupation, the people of the village are preparing for the wedding of the son of the clerk, but the bride's former fiancé returns from captivity. Within a few hours, everything changes. Secrets, sins, reckoning, love, betrayal, confrontation. Hungarian (with English subtitles) Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gábor T. Szántó


August 1   MOOS (Romantic Comedy – Netherlands – 2016 / 91 min)

A delightful comedy about Jewish families and following your dreams - set in a Dutch Jewish community, but universal in its themes. Moos puts her life on hold to take care of others, but when a childhood friends returns from Israel for Hanukkah, he provides the jolt she needs to examine her life and choices she has made. The charismatic Moos, played by the endearing actress Jip Smit, enchants viewers as she finds herself – and her voice. Dutch (with English subtitles)


August 8   BIG SONIA (Documentary – USA – 2016 / 93 min)

Standing tall at 4’8”, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Her enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, but her trauma resurfaces as she struggles with the concept of forced retirement when served an eviction notice. Following Sonia’s daily routines and extraordinary encounters with customers, her children, and her public presentations and work in prisons. This film explores what it means to be a survivor: Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?


August 15  FANNY’S JOURNEY (Drama – France/Belgium – 2016 / 94 min)

Multiple Audience Award Winner at Jewish Film Festivals: Atlanta, Augusta, Denver, Philadelphia, San Diego, and many others

Based on a true story, this is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

French (with English subtitles)  / 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth / Tel. 508-540-0602




2017 FJC Summer Jewish Film Festival

REEL PASS Order Form

Due by July 6. Pre-pay to save time and money. REEL Passes will be held at the door. Pass holders do not wait in the ticket line.

Reel Pass for Six Films: $55 members / $85 non-members. Passes are NOT transferable. REEL Passes will also be sold at screenings, but it is much easier for you and for us if you order in advance.Individual tickets are sold at the door only, not in advance.

Individual tickets $10 / $15 non-members.  Individual tickets are sold at the door only, not in advance.

Return by mail or bring with a check payable to Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536.

Name(s): _____________________________________________

# Passes __ FJC Congregational Member(s) / __ Non-member(s)  Tel. 508-540-0602