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Lost islands

Izgubljeni otoci / Lost Islands

Godina je 1980, a mjesto Kefar Sava, gradić jednostavnih ljudi u Izraelu.  Obitelj Levy je sretna, bučna, šarolika i složna obitelj s osam članova. Otac je građevinar po struci i fanatično uzgaja kaktuse koje nalazi u okolini te stalno propovijeda djeci o važnosti ispunjenja snova. Čovjek bez sna, kako otac kaže, mrtav je čovjek.  Majka [...]

Saviors in the night

Spasitelji u noći / Saviors in the night

SAVIORS IN THE NIGHT (UNTER BAUERN) is based on the memories of Marga Spiegel. In her narrative, published in 1965, she describes how courageous farmers in southern Münsterland hid her, her husband Siegfried {named Menne} and their little daughter Karin from 1943 until 1945, thus saving them from deportation to the extermination camps in the [...]

I want to remember he wants to forget

Ja želim pamtiti, on zaboraviti / I want to remember he wants to forget

Fifty years ago in Skopje, Macedonia, Solomon Adizes and his son Isaac were sent by the Italians and Bulgarians to a concentration camp. Disguised as Muslims, they managed to escape to Albania, where they found sanctuary with Muslim villagers. Solomon pretended to be a doctor and earned a reputation throughout the entire region. After the [...]

As seen through these eyes

Viđeno tim očima / As seen through these eyes

As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human [...]


Stranci / Strangers

6 days in the lives of Eyal , an Israeli living in a kibutz, and Rana, a Palestinian living in Paris, which starts with an accidental meeting in the Berlin Subway during the World cup finals, will change them completely. Eyal, who came to meet his accidental girlfriend, and Rana who came to cheer the [...]

Into the Arms of Strangers

U zagrljaju stranca / Into the Arms of Strangers

The stunning, heartrending documentary feature directed by Mark Jonathan Harris and narrated by Judi Dench, details the rescue of 10,000 German, Austrian, and Czechoslovakian Jewish children just prior to the outbreak of WWII. A labor of love for producer Deborah Oppenheimer, whose mother was part of the kindertransport, the documentary combines powerful testimonies from now [...]

The House on August Street

Kuća na ulici August / The House on August Street

The House on August Street  tells the remarkable, unknown story of Beate Berger, a German Jew who single-handedly rescued over 100 children during the Holocaust, smuggling them from Berlin to Palestine in the 1930s. Berger, founder of the  “ Beith Ahawah”  (House of Love) Children’s Home, was quick to recognize the Nazi threat and resolved [...]

Simon Konianski

Simon Konianski

Simon Konianski, 35, has returned to live temporarily with his father. They make life unbearable for each other. To add spice to this situation, Uncle Maurice and Aunt Mala, Ernest’s brother and sister, meddle in everything and, notably, try to find a “nice little Jewish girl” for Simon to marry. When Ernest passes away, Simon [...]

The Tunnel

Tunel / The Tunnel

Two enemies trapped together way down in the depths of a weapon smuggling tunnel, under the Israeli-Gaza border.

Hidden children

Skrivena djeca / Hidden children

Robert and Gérald Finaly, two little Jewish boys, are hidden fiom the Nazis in a French Catholic orphanage during World War II while their parents are deported and die in concentration camps. Their aunt who lives in Israel asks for the orphans. But the Church refuses to give them back, having them baptised, converted and [...]

The woman from Sarajevo

Sarajka / The Woman from Sarajevo

Sara Pizatnich, the protagonist of the film, travels with her daughter Stella back to their home town, Sarajevo. Zineba Hardaga, Sara’s mother, was the first Muslim woman to be honored as a “Righteous among the Nations”. Zineba’s family hid the Jewish Kabilio family during World War II, thus saving them from certain death…

Forgotten transport to Estonia

Zaboravljene u Estoniji / Forgotten transport to Estonia

On September 5, 1942, a transport of a thousand Czech Jews arrives to Estonia. Several dozen young women are separated and as their families board blue buses, the girls are required to help load the luggage onto trucks. When they reach the Jägala camp, they are in for a shock. After a thorough body search, [...]

The Brothers Warner

Braća Warner / The Brothers Warner

THE BROTHERS WARNER is an intimate portrait of the four film pioneers who founded and ran Warner Bros. for over 50 years. Its written, directed and in the voice of Cass Warner Sperling, Harry Warners granddaughter. Their epic story includes never before seen photos and footage and unfolds through the eyes of family members and [...]

The key from Spain

Ključ iz Španjolske / The Key From Spain

According to legend, when the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, they took with them the keys to their homes and their synagogues in the hope that they would one day return. They never did return, but their spanish cultural heritage remained a powerful influence on their lives and their art.In this uplifting tale [...]



A powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood-a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians-and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants: a young Israeli (Shahir Kabaha) fighting a criminal vendetta against his family, a Palestinian refugee (Ibrahim Frege) working illegally to [...]

On the Road to Tel Aviv

Na putu za Tel Aviv / On the road to Tel Aviv

(Croatian) Khen Shalem

Berlin 36

Berlin '36

Berlin, 1936. The U.S. threatens to boycott the Olympic games because of Hitler’s racial policies. They insist that Nazi Germany allow Jews on their team, and specifically demand the participation of Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann (Karoline Herfurth), the leading high jumper of her time. The Nazis reluctantly decide to include her, but to make [...]

Righteous Stepinac

Pravednik Stepinac / Righteous Stepinac

Righteous Stepinac is the only film entirely about Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, and key events for the Croatian people in the 20 century…

Killing Kasztner

Ubiti Kasztnera / Killing Kasztner

Israel’s most inflammatory political trial and assassination of the 1950s, of Rezso Kasztner, including the first chilling interview with his murderer…. How much should you negotiate with the enemy? In Israel, the debate over that question evoked fury to the point of assassination. Such was the case of Kasztner, a Hungarian Jew who tried to [...]

Stars will never die

Zvijezde koje nikad neće umrijeti / Stars will never die

Thousands of young people took part in the biggest contemporary history project of Austria’s Second Republic – “A Letter To the Stars”, and concerned themselves with the victims and survivors of the Nazi regime of terror. Four of them accompanied four survivors, victims and rescuers during the filming of the documentary “The Stars will Never [...]

Where are you going Moshe?

Kamo ideš Moshe? / Where are you going Moshe?

In the beginning of 1960s after Morocco gained its independence, great number of Moroccan Jews secretly left the country to go to Israel. Jews from a little town of Bejjad gathered around their rabbi to prepare for the departure. But there’s trouble: can Berbeq’ha, crazy guy who thinks he is a general, go as well? [...]

God and Co.

Bog i kompanija / God & Co.

EPISODE 1, 3′: Not if You Were the Last Panda on Earth Aboard Noah’s ark, some of God’s creatures won’t get with the program. Featuring the voices of Bob Balaban, Jonathan Katz, Tami Sagher, Aaron Bleyaert and Jess Lane. EPISODE 2, 3′: Getting There is Half the Fun Moses leads the people to the promised [...]

Adieu meres

Zbogom majke / Adieu Meres

The year is 1960, the place Morocco. Brahim a Muslim, and Henry a Jew are associates in a sawmill. They are boned by a friendship that stretches back to their childhood. Fatima and Ruth, their respective wives are also close and work in the same insurance company. Fatima cannot have children and she is particularly [...]


Mauricette, Eli Tauber

Documentary “Mauricette” is a memory of a family which culturally and intellectually marked the center of Sarajevo after the WWII. At the same time, it is a story about big love, humanity and sacrifice. The film is showing us lives of two brave people who saved one Jewish kid from Nazi destruction. The Holocaust museum [...]

The song of life

Pjesma života / The song of life

The odyssey of the Jewish community on the island of Zakynthos (Zante), from the mid-15th century to the present day. In particular the film describes the case, unique in the whole of Europe, of a Jewish community that did not lose a single one of its approximately 300 members during the Nazi occupation of Greece [...]

Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust

Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, Amerika i Holokaust

Film provides the challenging testimony of Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook), a Palestinian Jew who came to America in 1940.  After seeing the November 1942 news reports indicating that the State Department had confirmed that the Jews of Europe were being mass murdered, the “Bergson Group” struggled to make saving the Jews of Europe an American [...]

No.4 Street of our Lady

Ulica naše Gospe / No. 4 Street of Our Lady

No. 4 Street of Our Lady tells the remarkable, yet little-known, story of Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish-Catholic woman who rescued 15 of her Jewish neighbors during the Holocaust by cleverly passing herself off as a Nazi sympathizer.  On the eve of World War II, more than 6,000 Jews lived in Sokal, a small town in [...]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Dječak u prugastoj pidžami / The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences… Awards: British Independent Film Awards (Best Actress), Chicago International Film Festival [...]

Eyes wide open

Oči širom otvorene / Eyes wide open

Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox  Jewish community, is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father of four  children. One day, he meets Ezri, a handsome twenty-two year old student, and  soon falls in love with him. He then starts to neglect his family and  community life, swept away by his love and [...]

The Kiddush Man

Čovjek koji posvećuje / Kiddush Man

A coming-of-age drama set in Israel, about 10-year-old Yoni, who each Sabbath attempts to sneak past curmudgeonly Mr. Katz into kiddush before the end of services.  But one day, Mr Katz is no where to be found. Awards: New York Jewish Student Film Festival (Best Short), National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, ASCAP Grant

Good evening Mr. Wallenberg

Dobra večer g.Wallenberg / Good evening Mr.Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg, aged 32, arrived in Budapest in July, 1944, on a life and death mission. His approach was unorthodox and his methods unconventional. In six short months he made possible the largest and most successful rescue of Jews during World War II. Raoul Wallenberg was taken prisoner by the Russians on January 17th, 1945. [...]

The Danish Solution

Dansko rješenje / The Danish Solution

The Danish Solution is about how the Jews in Denmark, helped by a massive citizen-driven action, escaped the Holocaust. This documentary presents an in-depth look at this remarkable episode in twentieth century Europe, highlighting unique characters and exploring why this rescue happened in Denmark and only there… Awards: CINE Golden Eagle Award, Lenore Marwil Jewish [...]

The camp in Staro sajmiste

Sajmište - Historija jednog logora / The camp in Staro sajmiste

The camp in Staro sajmiste was established by the Nazis in December 1941 on the territory of present-day Zemun which was then a part of the pro-Fascist puppet state of Independent State of Croatia – NDH. The Jewish camp in Sajmište – Judenlager Semlin, was one of the first concentration camps in Europe designated for [...]

House of Life

Kuća života / House of Life

This solemn yet joyous documentary tells the story of The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the site of layer upon layer of buried members of the once-vibrant Jewish community of the ghetto. Two thirds of a million people from all over the world now visit the cemetery each year, and House of Life chronicles its [...]

Stars will never die

Zvijezde koje nikad neće umrijeti / Stars will never die

Thousands of young people took part in the biggest contemporary history project of Austria’s Second Republic – “A Letter To the Stars”, and concerned themselves with the victims and survivors of the Nazi regime of terror. Four of them accompanied four survivors, victims and rescuers during the filming of the documentary “The Stars will Never [...]

A Matter of Size

Veličina je bitna / A Matter of Size

A group of fat people from the Israeli city of Ramla is fed up with the dictatorship of diets. They leave their dieting club and discover the world of sumo, where fat people like them are honored and appreciated. “A Matter of Size” is a movie about the coming out of the closet of fat [...]

Around Trip

Kružno putovanje / Around Trip

Joan of Arc, on her way to meet Zappa 69, runs into a man without a mobile, who changes the course of her life forever, or at least for the following hour Awards: Jerusalem Film Festival Awards (Best Short film)

Journey to Jerusalem

Putovanje u Jeruzalem / Journey to Jerusalem

Two kids, German Jews accompanied by an old uncle are trying to escape from the raging fascists towards the land of their ancestors – Palestine. They have to reach Istanbul by train and then to proceed on board of a ship. The sudden death  of the uncle is the reason why the brother and sister [...]

The ships are full

Brodovi su puni / The ships are full

The story we want to tell you happened during the years of the Second World War to thousands of children. Under the circumstances, they were Jewish children. In other time, under different circumstances they could have been our children. Our story is a reconstruction of a journey. The full of danger journey of a few [...]

Weapons of the Spirit

Oružje duha / Weapons of the Spirit

Sauvage’s much acclaimed, multi-award-winning feature documentary has been revised and updated since its original release in 1989.  One of the most widely used teaching tools about the Holocaust in classrooms in the United States—although not as yet in France—Weapons of the Spirit tells the story of the area of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in France, the mostly [...]


Kleveta / Defamation

What is anti-Semitism today, two generations after the Holocaust? In his continuing exploration of modern Israeli life, director Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint, 5 Days, Flipping Out) travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the “oldest hatred”, and comes up with some startling answers. In this irreverent quest, he follows American Jewish leaders [...]

Pizza in Auschwitz

Pizza u Auschwitzu / Pizza in Auschwitz

Danny Chanoch, a Holocaust Survivor, has finally persuaded his grown-up children, Miri and Sagi, to travel with him to the death camps’ remains in Lithuania and Poland. Along with them, he wants to fulfill a life-long fantasy: spending the night in his old barracks in Auschwitz.. Awards: Prize of the Youth Jury of the Filmschule, [...]

The Loners

Osamljenici / The Loners

They were all on their own – two rejected foreigners, Russian speaking immigrants without family or friends. And if that wasn’t enough, they were accused of treason. Even though they pleaded not guilty and demanded a retrial to prove their innocence, no one paid any attention to their demands. But Glory and Sasha, the two [...]

John Rabe

John Rabe

Closing Party

JFF Završni Party / Closing Party

Finally we prepared a real specialty for you – the spectacular closing in cooperation with the association of audio-visual arts Confusion. The closing will be held on Saturday May, 29th in the old factory Jedinstvo with the main guests of the evening, the famous band from Vienna KU BO aka Stereotyp. Next to KU BO [...]


Dear guest due to electricity problems in cinema Europe, we had to postpone morning film projections by one hour. First film “Key from Spain” will start at 12:00 and „Brothers Warner“ at 13:00. All other projection will be held as scheduled.

Dear visitors of the Festival and film Ajami

Dear visitors of the Festival and film Ajami. Organizers apologize for the title “The match factory” in the upper right corner of the screen hopping that it didn’t diminish the viewing. Organizers have all rights for the projection of the film Ajami and unfortunately the version of film with the advertisement of the production house [...]

Groovecaffe Party

Groovecaffe Party

Groovecaffe is a „domestic“publishing house with focus on distributing electronic music in digital format. Active and published since 2006, driven by pure enthusiasm and love for music, not just “electronic” tone enjoys a reputation as a true refreshment. Their “motto” to make a shift away from the mainstream of established concepts, exploring various electronic styles [...]

The Klezmer Connection

The Klezmer Connection

The Klezmer Connection in BP Club. Klezmer translated means jar of love. This kind of music developed during the 15th century, but in its form it is performed today it comes from the 19th century. The name klezmer started being used in the seventies of the last century, before that it was called Jewish music. [...]

The Shuk

The Shuk, Sax, Palmotićeva 22 /2

After the official opening listen to the Israeli band The Shuk, their music links the people with Israel and Jewish culture. A special connection of music and educational elements, specific for The Shuk creates an experience you will remember. With their act, through an interactive and experiential performance, they bridge the gap between performers and [...]



Lidija Ljubičić, flute Ema Stein, guitar


On Sunday May 23rd Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic will host a luncheon for the Bulgarian Tsar Simeon II and Queen Margerita, Mr. Florian Gallenberger, director of the movie “John Rabe” which will open the Festival, Festival president Mr. Branko Lustig and Festival director Mrs. Natasa Popovic. Bulgarian Tsar arrived today to Zagreb as guest of [...]


Bulgarian Tsar Simeon II and Queen Margerita will arrive to Zagreb tomorrow as guest of the 4th Jewish Film Festival. Festival President Branko Lustig invited Tsar Simeon II to Zagreb to present him with the plaquettes “Righteous” which his father, King Boris III earned with his good deeds and humanity. During the World War II [...]

Book promotion “When Neighbours Were People”

The value of the Festival is recognised through rich cultural and educative program. Apart from international Talent Workshop, educative mornings for students and music program, Festival will promote Eli Tauber’s book “When neighbours were people”. Book is compiled of 25 stories about people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, people of all religions and nationalities, who saved [...]

Festival guests will hold lectures at the academy of dramatic art


Academy of Dramatic art will host distinguished guest of the 4th Jewish Film Festival Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård on Tuesday May 25th Croatian from 10am till 10.45am in Academy’s projection room. Students will have the opportunity to meet with Stellan Skarsgård and learn everything about his acting and life.


Ourparticipants will be on close terms with 2 young successful directors, peers both highly respected for their documentary work in their countries, one in Italy and the other in Croatia. They will be helping Talents make the best of their short films as their creative supervisors. Francesco Crispino, a well known film professor at universities [...]


It looks like this year Dalibor Matanić, one of the most successful young Croatian directors, is giving his best. His short movie „Party“ has been to 35 international film festivals in less than a year, winning ten awards, concluding with his last, fifth Grand Prix for the best movie at the 13th Brussels Short Film [...]

Dear Festival friends!

Branko Lustig, predsjednik festivala

The 4th Zagreb Jewish Film Festival is coming up. It has become a unique worldwide renowned event that tries to remind us of the days when madness ruled the world and of the times we constantly pray for, that they never return. A lot of people ask me if I am happy that despite of [...]

Dear artists and Festival participants, dear guests and friends!

Milan Bandić,  gradonačelnik Grada Zagreba

It is my honor to greet you and wish you a warm welcome to the 4th Jewish film festival here in the Croatian capital. In Zagreb, on an annual or biannual basis, prestigious film festivals with international character are held, as the World festival of animated film (Animafest), the International festival of documentaries (ZagrebDox) and [...]


We have the pleasure to announce the first member of the jury – the famous Croatian singer/songwriter Damir Urban is going to be one of the members of the evaluation committee and help decide which one is the best workshop short. Considering Damir is an artist who has dedicated his life to his love for [...]


The 2010 International Talent Workshop competition has made surprising progress – we have received over 80 submissions for the competition, from three different continents and 25 countries. The ZJFF Selection committee had the difficult task of selecting the best 10 participants. You can find the list of selected candidates on our web, section TALENT WORKSHOP results.

MARTIN BRINKLER – lecturing on editing as a part of 2010 INTERNATIONAL TALENT WORKSHOP

We are continuing the tradition of creativity through knowledge in the Talent Workshop by having as a guest Martin Brinkler, a regular mentor at the National Film and Television School and Brookes University, Oxford and a member of the panel for the David Lean Scholarship fund. Martin, an experienced, re-knowned editor that has, along with [...]

Competition closed

2010 International Talent Workshop thanks to al scriptwriters, cinematographers, directors,producers,  sound producers/mixers and editors that applied on line.

2010 International Talent Workshop extends deadline for applications

Due to great interest for JFF International Talent Workshop, the deadline for online applications has been extended for five more days. The new deadline for 2010 International Talent Workshop is 5th of April, 2010. The applications for ACTORS are open until 10th of May, 2010.

(Croatian) poziv za glumce

(Croatian) U okviru 4. festivala židovskog filma Zagreb održat će se međunarodna filmska radionica od 20. do 28. svibnja 2010. godine u Zagrebu.

2010 Talent Workshop – Applications open

COMPETITION OPEN from February 1st to April 1st, 2010.
Prepare your CV, picture, showreel/screenplay and apply on line! We are welcoming SCRIPTWRITERS, CINEMATOGRAPHERS, DIRECTORS, PRODUCTION SOUND RECORDISTS/MIXERS, PRODUCERS and EDITORS.

Photography contest “Art of emotion”

Jewish Film Festival organization in cooperation with Blure magazine, will organize an international photography exhibition entitled Art of Emotion. Contest details are announced on our web site and Blure Magazine web site.