2022 Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival

Enjoy a sampling of the over 20 movies that will be featured at the 2022 Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival taking place May 14-June 1, 2022. Purchase your tickets/Passes TODAY – Click HERE to watch preview video

The 2022 Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival will run from May 14 to June 1, 2022, with both in-person and virtual options.

The 2022 Winnipeg International Film Festival would not be able to happen without the incredible support of The Asper Foundation and the Babs Asper Centre for Cultural Arts.

We are offering a hybrid film festival this year!

Option 1: In-person –  In-person films will be shown at the Berney Theatre following capacity guidelines. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

Option 2: Virtual – View movies from the comfort of your own home. We hope to see patrons enjoying movies with family and friends in the Berney Theatre but know that some individuals may not be ready to meet in person. We hope this virtual format will be an option for you to enjoy the 2022 Winnipeg International Film Festival. Here is how the virtual component will work:

  • Films will be available for a 48-hour window.
  • You can view the film at your own convenience, at any time during that 48-hour period.
  • Films can be streamed on any “smart” device: a smart TV, a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, or even a smartphone.
  • Due to Geo-Blocking, ALL movies can only be viewed in Manitoba.

Note – Any online orders purchased outside of office hours will be processed the next day. 

Note: All pre-and post film special events and discussions and appearances, are open to in-person ticket holders only, and are not part of the virtual package.

In-person Tickets:

Individual: $10 -Members, $12 – Non-members, $8 – Students

5 Pack: $45 -Members, $55 – Non-members, $40 – Students (Per Person)

10 Pack: $82 -Members, $105 – Non-members, $75 – Students (Per Person)

  • GST will be added to all ticket purchases
  • No refunds or exchanges
  • Rush seating

5 and 10 pack: Films must be selected in advance upon purchase either in-person at the Rady Membership Desk or by phone (excludes Shorts on Sherbook on May 25).

Virtual Ticket Package:

$40 – Members, $48 Non-members



Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival Brochure

Purchase Tickets/Passes (Tickets Now On Sale)

Film Festival Lineup and Trailers\



(Available Virtually Until Saturday, May 21 –  7:00 p.m.)

Narrative | Canada | 2021 | Director: Kaveh Nabatian | Spanish, Farsi and French with English subtitles and in English | 94 minutes

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Iranian-Jewish tourist Nasim, a wealthy recent divorcee from Montreal, hopes to move beyond an unhappy and oppressive past, starting with a trip to Cuba. In Havana she takes a dance class from ballet dancer –turned salsa instructor Leonardo. The dancer is himself seeking escape. In his case, he and his lawyer girlfriend Sara are desperate to leave Havana for better opportunities. They hatch a plan in which Leonardo will seduce a foreign woman, get legal status in another country, then send for Sara. He manages to go to Montreal with Nasim, but the plan derails when real emotions and untold realities get in the way. With gorgeous cinematography, dance and music, this film offers a lyrical and emotional meditation on cross-cultural relationships, immigration and longing for home.

Winner: Best Canadian Film at the 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival

Post-film Event: Enjoy a 30-minute Mini Concert of Cuban music with The Latin Combo Trio featuring Papa Mambo, Dheigo Costa and Marc Castillo


(Available Virtually Until Sunday, May 22 – 5:45 p.m.)

Documentary | U.K. | 2020 | Director: ​​Oliver Murray | English | 103 minutes

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A chronicle of the life of saxophonist Ronnie Scott, from poor Jewish kid growing up in 1940s East End London, to the owner of the legendary Ronnie’s jazz club. The film features amazing clips from performances by jazz greats spanning decades – Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Van Morrison, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins and other icons.

Winner Excellence in Sound for a Feature Film, AMPS, 2021


Saturday, May 21, 8:00 pm

Comedy | Israel | 2019 | Director: Alon Gur Arye | Hebrew with English subtitles and in English | 95 minutes

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The laugh out loud comedy you’ve all been asking for! If you are a fan of Airplane! or Naked Gun films you won’t want to miss this hilarious spy spoof, a mega hit in Israel. After an American tech-billionaire is kidnapped, the Mossad rushes in to save him while the CIA send their best agent to help out. With an all star cast including Fauda’s Tsahi Halevi and Tal Friedman of Eretz Nehedert (the Israeli SNL), and all the verbal puns, gags and running jokes you can handle. (Airplane! director David Zucker was a creative consultant on the film.)  Even Israeli film royalty, Gila Almagor, makes an appearance.


Sunday, May 22, 9:00 pm

Documentary | USA | 2021 | Director: Lisa Hurwitz | English | 79 minutes

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The untold story of the fabled Automat restaurants that dominated New York for much of the 20th century. What were Automats? Think of a cross between a vending machine and a sumptuous Art Deco palace. Behind a wall of small windowed cubbies was a wall of food. Drop a nickel into the slot, open the window to one cubby, and take out a piece of pie, sandwich, or a slice of meatloaf. Automats, the director suggests, were the best of America: They were gorgeous places, innovative, and inclusive, welcoming all walks of life. And the food was great! Just ask Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Carl Reiner, and Colin Powell, some of the interviewees that Hurwitz has lined up to wax nostalgia about the Automat.

Snacks & Refreshments included in the In-person Ticket Price

One ticket per vehicle

The film will be shown as a Drive-in Film in The Asper Jewish Community Centre parking lot, weather permitting. Otherwise, it will be screened inside at the Berney Theatre.


Monday, May 23, 7:00 pm

Documentary | Israel | 2020 | Director: Mordecai Vardi | Hebrew with English subtitles | 63 minutes

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This groundbreaking documentary tells the stories of three LGBT men and two woman from orthodox families, who chose to marry against their own sexual orientation to comply with Torah laws, have children, and to be accepted by their communities. The film explores how each lived with their choice: Some shared their secret with their partners, some kept it hidden, and some lied even to themselves. Eventually they all divorced. We learn how they confronted their communities, and their inner conflicts, get a glimpse into their relationships with their children, and their search for a life partner. They ask, and we are left asking, too, whether change to the rigid ideas in their religious communities can happen.


Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm

Two documentaries that take us back to mid-century Israel and the chutzpah and idealism that captivated the world.


Israel | 2021 | Director: Yoav Brill | Hebrew and Swedish with English subtitles and in English | 80 minutes

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The idealistic and rebellious 1960s generation was charmed by kibbutz ideology. The Six-Day War attracted a wave of support for Israel that the Kibbutz Movement saw as a miracle. When travel agencies started selling “Kibbutz Volunteering” packages, it was clear that volunteering also became a profitable business. The Kibbutzim then found themselves facing unfamiliar phenomenon – drugs, alcohol and intermarriage.

Nominated Best Director DocAviv Film Festival, 2021


Israel | 2020 | Director: Avi Weissblei | Hebrew with English subtitles | 65 minutes

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A rare example of Israeli innovation failure, but a perfect look at Israeli chutzpah. This surprising and entertaining doc tells the story of one man’s attempt to create an auto manufacturing industry in Israel in the 1950s and to sell the fibreglass car, the Susita, (“It’s desert tested!”) to US and European markets,  a business idea somewhat akin to selling water to a fish.

Nominated Best Documentary Haifa Film Festival, 2020


Wednesday, May 25, 8:00 pm

Our hugely popular Shorts on Shebrook Film Crawl is back!

Join us at two of the West End’s coolest venues for a night of illuminating, funny and art-y short films, laughter and conversation.

Note: Tickets include snacks and drinks. This film night is only available to in-person ticket holders and is not part of the virtual film package.

We will begin the evening at:

Handsome Daughter – 61 Sherbrook Street

Then make the short walk over to:

The Tallest Poppy – 103 Sherbrook Street for the second half of the evening


Thursday, May 26, 7:00 pm

Satire/Drama | Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia  | 2019 | Director: Michael Idov | Russian with English subtitles | 100 minutes

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A week in the life of Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comic. The year is 1984 and, in Soviet Russia, KGB-approved comedians were like rock stars. But Arkadiev is unraveling under the weight of his celebrity, which owes much to his KGB “patronage”. His growing self-loathing starts to poison all his relationships. The comedian finally snaps and, armed with the exotic American notion of “insult humour”, takes his revenge. Arkadiev is a composite character based on real life Soviet-era stand ups, many of whom were Jewish. The dark satire also offers a contemporary commentary on censorship under Vladimir Putin (The film’s closing credits are set to a song by popular Russian rapper, Face, who has been the target of significant censorship and political pressure.)

Best Film, Best Male Performance, Art Film Festival, 2019


Friday, May 27, 5:00 pm

Comedy/Drama | Germany | 2021 | Director: Leo Khasin | German with English subtitles | 85 minutes

A Jewish, a Palestinian and an Iranian student walk into a classroom and all hell breaks loose despite the clumsy attempts of their teacher to be culturally appropriate and historically sensitive. The challenges of modern multiculturalism in contemporary Germany are explored in Leo Khasin’s (Kaddish for a Friend) film based on his experience of growing up Jewish in Berlin. Khasin balances deft satire and hard truths in the search for a common language in the fight against intolerance.

Nominee Best Screenplay, German Television Awards, 2021


Saturday, May 28, 8:00 pm

Drama | Israel | 2021 | Director: Avi Nesher | Hebrew with English subtitles | 128 minutes

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An engrossing drama by acclaimed filmmaker Avi Nesher based on true events. On June 7,

1948, Kibbutz Nitzanim on Israel’s coastal plain was attacked by the Egyptian army. An Egyptian propaganda filmmaker embedded with the army is tasked with documenting the raid on the isolated Kibbutz. The story is told from both points of view, that of the filmmaker, and those of members of the community. As the situation escalates and takes unexpected turns, both sides have their values tested and must re-evaluate everything they know and have been taught about life and war.

Ophir Award for Best Cinematography, 2021


Sunday, May 29, 7:00 pm

Historical Drama | Portugal | 2021 | Director: Luis Ismael | Portuguese with English  subtitles | 85 minutes

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A splendidly detailed, richly designed historical drama, based on the actual visit of the Inquisitor Visitador Sebastião Noronha to the city of Oporto, Portugal in 1618. The inquisition was the campaign of religious persecution on the Iberian Peninsula that began in Spain in 1492, and continued in Portugal resulting in the expulsion, death or mass conversion of Jews. The entire Sephardic community lives under constant fear, from those who practice Judaism in secret, and their constant fear of betrayal, to those preparing dangerous plans to flee.

Chicago Indie Film Award Best Narrative Feature, 2021 , Global Film Festival Awards Best Feature Film, 2021


Monday, May 30, 7:00 pm

Comedy | Israel | 2022 | Directors: Assaf Amiri and  Matan Guggenheim | Hebrew with English subtitles | 90 minutes

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Featuring an all-star cast including Sholomo Bar-Aba, Dov Glickman and Joy Reigar, this feel good comedy tells the story of widower Dov who is placed in a nursing home by his family against his wishes. He dreams of buying back his old house and returning to live and die there, but he has no money since losing his pension, and for this he blames the State. When he realizes that everyone in the nursing home consumes state-sponsored medical cannabis, he thinks he’s found a way to get home: selling marijuana throughout the city. Eventually, Dov finds himself at a crossroads where he has to decide whether he’s willing to risk everything for what really matters to him.

Nominated for 12 Ophir (Israeli Academy) Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actor, 2021


Tuesday, May 31, 7:00 pm

Documentary | France/Germany | 2021 Director: Christophe Cogent | French and German with English subtitles | 110 minutes

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A handful of prisoners in WWII camps risked their lives to take clandestine photographs and document the hell the Nazis were hiding from the world. In the vestiges of the camps, Cogent retraces the footsteps of these brave men and women in a quest to unearth the circumstances behind their remarkable photographs, composing an archeology of images as acts of defiance.

Post-film Discussion: Professor Adam Muller, Department of History, University of Manitoba and a noted scholar of imagery and the Shoah, will lead a talk.




Documentary | France | 2020 | Director: Jacques Loeuille | English and French with English subtitles | 55 minutes

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Italian-born artist Amadeo Modigliani sold very few paintings in his life but today he’s considered a titan of early 20th century art. Because his career was both brief (he died aged 35) and prolific, there are many myths, but few facts, around him. This short film endeavors to reveal secrets of his work. It focuses on Modigliani’s time in Paris; He arrived in 1906, when there was both a flourishing Bohemian art community and a virulent wave of antisemitism (the latter in sharp contrast to the more tolerant environment of Livorno, Italy, where he grew up.) The movie explores how the mood of Paris helped shape Modigliani’s aesthetic.

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Documentary | Israel | 2020 | Director: Nitsan Tal | English and Hebrew with English subtitles | 58 minutes

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The inspiring and uplifting story of Israeli artist Raffael Lomas who creates spaces of connection through art to repair the ruptures created by forced emigration and displacement. It focuses largely on the Sudanese refugee children who arrived in Israel during the Civil War, grew up and went to school in Israel before being obliged to leave. Steering clear of politics, this uplifting film really celebrates the idea of “Tikkun Olam”.

Post-film Event: Reception following the films



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