Victoria International Jewish Film Festival

Captivating Cultural  Cinema
In-person & online screenings!
Live music, multicultural cuisine, and more! 
Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street
November 1-6, 2022

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8th Annual VIJFF

The 2022 VIJFF will be held at the Vic Theatre and online from November 1st to 6th. Each in-person screening will be a special cinema event, with live music, nosh (snacks), and discussions with filmmakers, directors, and/or other special guests! On Sunday afternoon, a lively Family Program will be held. Door prizes include a two-night stay at the Chateau Victoria, a $100 gift card for Fluevog Shoes, and an abstract painting by festival co-director Farley Cates. The 2022 VIJFF is free. Donations appreciated. Tickets should be ordered online in advance. Order tickets now!  

VIJFF 2022 Program

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Alegría

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Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 6:15pm
Music: Marley Biranbaum
Nosh: Moroccan Custard-stuffed Bastilla

A Spanish film about a reluctantly Jewish physician who faces her conflicted past when her family arrives to organize her niece’s Orthodox Jewish wedding.

The Mind of a Child

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Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 6:15pm (also available online until November 6)
Music: The Anishinaabe Mitchell Sisters
Nosh: Bannock Bite Trio

 An important Canadian film from 1995 about Indigenous children, multi-generational trauma, and the linkages to children survivors of the Holocaust, centred around Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams’ work and engagement of Israeli developmental child psychologist Reuven Feuerstein.
Followed by conversations with the Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams’, director Gary Marcuse, Lynn Joseph, Robert Oppenheimer, and moderated by Rick Kool.

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

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Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 6:15pm
Music: Alicia Jo Rabins
Nosh: Sweet & Savoury Pretzel Duo

A quirky, humourous, and wholly original Jewish “musical memoir” about the largest Ponzi schemer of our times.
Followed by a conversation with Alicia Jo Rabins and director Alicia J. Rose.

Greener Pastures

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Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 7:15pm
Music: Elliot Freedman / Ashlin Richardson Jazz Duo
Nosh: Chocolate Babka

A charming Israeli film about love and longing and crime and cannabis at a widower’s seniors home.
Nominated for 12 Ophir Awards, the Israeli Oscars.

Family Fun Event

Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: 1:15pm
Music: flower patch kids
Nosh: Popcorn & Juice Box

A lively VIJFF Family Program will entertain with the short Irish comedy, Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion, a storyteller, a sing-along duo, a balloon twister, and crafts! 

One More Story

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Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: 6:15pm
Music: Avram McCagherty Trio
Nosh: Love Box (chocolate cake, heart cookie, truffles)

A young, ambitious Israeli writer, who doesn’t believe in love, strikes a Faustian bargain with her sleazy editor and former lover.

KindertransportS to Sweden

Start Date: Sunday, October 30
End Date: Sunday, November 6 

Recounting the tale of four Jewish children whom the “Kindertransport” to Sweden saved from Nazi terror.
This film will be discussed at the Wednesday, November 2nd in-person screening of The Mind of a Child.

More Than I Deserve

Start Date: Tuesday, November 2
End Date: Sunday, November 6 

The bittersweet story of 12 year-old Pinchas and his mother, Tamaranew Russian immigrants to Israel.

Wet Dog

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Start Date: Tuesday, November 2 
End Date: Sunday, November 6

An inter-cultural coming-of-age story about a Jewish Iranian-German youth that addresses cultural diversity, religious diversity, and adolescent friendships.

Principles

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INTER-CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
To build connections among cultures and communities through the universality of cinema, by presenting films featuring Jewish and Jewish-adjacent themes that are less broadly available.

02

DIVERSITY AND ITS INTERSECTIONS
To broaden awareness of cultural diversity and its intersections with Jewish culture, by programming films that transcend particular people, places, and politics by conveying universal themes, shared values, and common ground.

03

CINEMA AESTHETICS
To enhance an appreciation of film artistry and cinematic communication, by celebrating films, their creators, and their diversity of genres and viewpoints on complex subject matter.
Thanks!
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Thanks!
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israel consulate logo
shoah project logo
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Donate to Sustain the VIJFF!

Donations of $36 or more receive a charitable tax receipt. Be a VIJFF ‘movie lover’: Individuals who graciously donate $150+ or couples who graciously donate $250+ will be treated to benefits such as front-of-line access to films and pre-show access to food, folks, and fun at the VIJFF’s Sunday afternoon ‘movie lover lounge’!

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