Gold Coast International Film Festival is proud to present the best in critically acclaimed and independent Jewish films. The GCIFF lineup showcases 5 exciting features and special guest speakers. All films will be shown in-person at the Manhasset Cinemas at 430 Plandome Road, Manhasset NY.
The 2023 Spotlight on Jewish Film is made possible by the generous support of The Bristal Assisted Living, Sumi & Michael Glickman and Micki & Dohn S. Schildkraut.
Schächten – A Retribution
March 14 – 7:00pm
In the late 1960s, when the young Jewish businessman’s son Victor Dessauer fails to secure just punishment for the Nazi concentration camp commandant who tortured his parents, he resolves to take the law into his own hands.
Director: Thomas Roth
2022 – Drama, Thriller
German with English subtitles
Israel Swings for Gold
March 16 – 7:00pm
In 2021, Israel’s baseball team competed in the Olympics for the first time. With no media allowed in Tokyo’s Olympic Village, the players record their own experiences. Mostly newly minted Israelis, they log unexpected battles against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
Directors: Daniel Miller, Jeremy Newberger, Seth Kramer
2023 – Documentary, Sports
**Presented with generous support from Micki & Dohn S. Schildkraut.
Hummus full trailer
March 21 – 7:00pm
A satirical crime, comedy of errors that involves three trailers that have been smuggled into Israel. A mistake in the harbor brings together Arabs, Orthodox Jews and a gay couple that must join forces in order to solve the mishap.
Director: Asaf Kobrovsky
2022 – Comedy, Crime
Hebrew with English subtitles
March 23 – 7:00pm
Winner – Human Rights Jury Prize, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
A hybrid docudrama film that follows Israeli diplomat, Asher Naim, on a seemingly insurmountable mission to bring 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. As Asher learns more about these African Jews, he finds himself between worlds and facing a crisis of faith in himself and his country.
Director: Micah smith
2022 – Docudrama
Hebrew, Amharic, and English with English subtitles
Join us for a Q&A with Mazi Pilip after the screening. Moderated by Regina Gil, Executive Director of Gold Coast Arts.
**Presented with generous support from Sumi & Michael Glickman.
+ Special guest speaker Mazi Pilip, Nassau County Legislator.
Mazi was born in Ethiopia and was part of the famed “Operation Solomon Airlift” which was an international evacuation of 15,000 Ethiopian Jews during the Ethiopian civil war. The effort was negotiated by the State of Israel, United States and Ethiopian government at that time. Mazi was brought to Israel as part of that operation. She immediately went to school at the age of 12 and became very active in Israeli society. She joined the Israeli Defense Forces where she was assigned to a Paratrooper unit with a specialty of a gunsmith. Thereafter, she went to University in Israel with a health degree and, soon after, a Masters degree in Diplomacy and Security. She has been involved throughout her time in school and after with issues relating to Ethiopian Jewry, politics and Israel.
March 28 – 7:00pm
An Israeli swimming tutor living in Chicago returns to Israel after 10 years of absence to bury his father. An encounter with a beloved childhood friend and his newly engaged girlfriend will set a series of events in motion that will affect everyone’s lives.
Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
2022 – Melodrama
Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles
Winner – Jerusalem Film Festival (Best Actress)
Winner – Critics Jury Prize Miami Film Festival