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The 17th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival begins October 14 and offers a variety of films in various categories - comedy, drama, mystery, documentary. While everyone has his or her preferred category, all films have been selected by the committee to be appreciated on their own merits.

All shows begin at 7 pm in the JCC Theater. Popcorn? Of course, and other refreshments as well. Ticket price is a low $5 thanks to our generous sponsors.

Sunday, October 14

Wendy's Shabbat (bonus film, comedy/documentary, 14 minutes, English)
Shabbat dinner gatherings for these Jewish senior citizens are at the Wendy's fast food restaurant where they say prayers and light candles over hamburgers and fries.

Humor Me (feature presentation, comedy, 93 minutes, English)
Nate Kroll is an award winning playwright who suddenly finds himself wifeless, jobless and homeless. With literally nothing else to lose, he moves in with his eccentric father, Bob, and gets a job at an old folks home where he helps the elders put on a new play.

Sunday, October 21

The Testament (drama/narrative, 91 minutes, Hebrew and German with English subtitles)
Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

Saturday, November 10

Who Will Write Our History (documentary, 90 minutes, English)
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper.

The screening of Who Will Write Our History is funded in part by the Murray H. & Sharee C. Newman Supporting Foundation in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Sunday, November 11

Sammy Davis Jr.: I've gotta be me (documentary, 100 minutes, English)
Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

Sunday, November 18

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (documentary, 85 minutes, English)
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel's national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.