Jewish Film Festival is a cultural event that advocates multicultural dialogue through all its segments and educates about the Jewish culture, Holocaust, tolerance and shared values, considering them to be the foundation of a happy coexistence in ethnically and religiously different environments. What makes this festival unique in the world is the commitment to the subject of the Holocaust and education of all generations, especially school children, through various lectures and workshops. The festival is organized by an independent non-profit organization, “Jewish Film Festival Zagreb”.
The festival is dedicated to a certain subject every year, consequently, the theme of the third Jewish film festival was “Children – victims of the Holocaust and the wars”, and the theme of the fourth was “Righteous among the Nations”. In accordance with the theme, we formed a film program and all supporting facilities that followed the concept of the program.
The fifth Jewish Film Festival will be held in Zagreb, in “Europa” cinema, from May 22 to May 28, 2011. The theme of the Festival will be “Women in the Holocaust” and it will be dedicated to all women who were forced to deal with the horrors of the World War II and survived relying upon their strength, courage and boldness. On the big screen of “Europa” cinema in Zagreb, during the seven days of the festival, we will show around forty films of Croatian and foreign productions in the categories of short, documentary and feature films. All film projections are titled in English and Croatian adjustable for our visitors from abroad. The honorary president of the festival is Mr. Branko Lustig, two times academy awarded winner for the Schindler’s list and Gladiator. Apart from the film program, the festival will be enriched by the international film workshop, an educational program about the Holocaust for elementary and secondary school and university students, round tables and a rich music program, as well as the thematic exhibitions.
The first Zagreb Jewish Film Festival was organized in Croatia, in 2007. In the first year, the festival lasted for three days and in the following two years, its duration was extended to five days. The public interest for the festival has been growing year by year, from the initial 2000 to the number of 5000 visitors and participants in the program, in the third year and almost 7000 visitors on the last year’s event.
In accordance with our previous experiences, the 5th Festival will offer additional events and improvements. Having such a unique festival, the City of Zagreb and the Republic of Croatia become the hosts of the only film festival in the world that focuses its activities on the education of youth, with special emphasis on the truth about the Holocaust, developing tolerance, democracy and the right of every individual to live a life.