The 21st Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents an eye-opening film program reflecting on the diversity of the African and Jewish communities commencing April 12th through April 21st at various theatres in Toronto. Countries represented include Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon and Northern Ethiopia.
April 12 – 1 PM – Sheppard Centre Cinema 3 and April 15 – 1PM – Royal Ontario Museum
“Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean: Toronto premiere
Living in Uganda with lingering intolerance a well as collapsed coffee prices, struggling, Jewish, Christian and Muslin coffee farmers come together to form the Delicious Peace Coffee Co-operative. Directed by Curt Fissel.
April 12 – 1 PM – Sheppard Centre Cinema and April 15 – 1 PM Royal Ontario Museum.
Honorable Ambasador/Kyod Hashagrir: – Toronto Premiere.
Israel’s ambassador to Cameroon struggles to persuade the residents of rural villages to adopt new technology that would resolve their irrigation difficulties. Directed by Jonathan Paz.
Please note: April 12th and April 15th screenings are double features.
April 17 – 4 PM – Royal Ontario Museum and April 18 – 5:15 PM – Sheppard Centre Cinema
Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria: Canadian PremiereAn unforgettable journey to Nigeria where the Igbo people, in researching their roots and history, find convincing cultural connections with Judaism. Directed by Jeff L. Lieberman
April 19 – 1 PM – Sheppard Centre Cinema 3 and April 21 – 1 PM – Royal Ontario Museum
400 Miles To Freedom: Canadian premiere. Co-director Avisahi Yeganyahu chronicles his story from his community of observant Jews in Northern Ethiopia, his escape from Africa and his life in Israel where he felt like an outsider.
April 21 – 1 PM – Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex St.)
The Rabbi’s Cat: – An animated adaptation of Joann Sfar’s French graphic novel. Rabbi Sfar lives with his beautiful daughter and her talking cat in pre-war Algiers. Joined by a Russian painter and a wise old Arab Sheikh, Sfar and the mischievous pet set out on a quest into the unknown depths of Africa. Directed by Joann Sfar, Antoine Deslesvaux.
Tickets/Information – Main number to call: Festival Box Office 416.324.9121
Single tickets $13.00 – Seniors/students $9.00 – Matinees $8.00 –
Gala Opening and Special Presentations – $20.00
Advance Tickets: In person: Toronto Jewish Film Festival Box Office (basement level) – 19 Madison Ave., Monday – Sunday 12PM – 6 PM – NOTE: No Wheelchair access – please call above number for assistance by phone. From March 28th to April 11. Then Monday – Sunday 12PM – 6 PM,
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Centre Cinemas – April 1-11 – 4861 Yonge St. (Sheppard subway stn.)
Monday – Sunday 2PM – 6 PM – Sunday – Friday 12PM – 6 PM