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JxJ Presents: Comedic And Satirical Shorts

Sunday, May 19 @ 6:00 pm

Comedic and satirical short films that are as funny as they are insightful and revealing of the breadth and depth of Jewish culture.

About the Shorts

The Anne Frank Gift Shop 
Dir. Mickey Rapkin | Narrative
A dark comedy about anti-Semitism that packs a vital and timely message. When a high-end design firm presents its plans to reimagine the gift shop at The Anne Frank House, the company’s overt appeal to Generation Z sparks a debate about collective trauma, the Holocaust, and tote bags. Starring Ari Graynor (The Sopranos), this short film delivers humor and humanity.

Dir. Sam Roebling | Narrative
Following his latest romantic humiliation, Simon is unexpectedly summoned to his grandmother’s house to meet her new boyfriend, Merv. The man he encounters there upends his understanding of love, loss, and Chinese takeout.

Jewish Singles in the Snow
Dir. Josh Ben-Moshe | Documentary
This quirky documentary follows a group of young Australian Jewish singles as they venture to a ski retreat, hoping to find a Jewish life partner. The film is illuminating, fun, and revealing of what it means to be Jewish, looking for love, and navigating being a young adult all at the same time.

Broken Toilets
Dir. Jesse Toledano | Narrative
Yossi Kline is a young, Hasidic Jewish man, tasked with taking care of his father-in-law’s buildings in a low-income, mostly Black outer borough of NYC. But Yossi has a secret: he loves hip-hop. During the everyday, mundane, and often absurd tasks that come along with property management, he meets two tenants, young aspiring hip-hop artists DiAndra “Dee” Jones and Kevin Randolph. Together they form the most unlikely of musical trios while they each work to figure out how to balance their passion for art.

The Peacock that Passed Over
Dir. Max Goldberg | Documentary
UK Jewish Film Short Awardee. Four years ago a peacock suddenly landed and has settled ever since in the grounds of a Leeds synagogue. Whimsical and charming, the film explores the responses of a diverse section of the Jewish Yorkshire community in England.

Heritage Day
Dir. Lara Everly | Narrative
Brilliant satire starring Emmy Award-winning actress Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as the mom of eight-year-old Evie who becomes obsessed with playing Holocaust after dressing up as her estranged grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, for “Heritage Day” at school.

About JxJ: Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside a year-round film and music program. JxJ gives exposure to independent filmmakers and musical artists working in the Jewish and/or Israeli space. Each spring, the annual Festival is held on stages and screens throughout DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

The Pozez JCC is proud to bring these cultural films to Northern Virginia through its partnership with Edlavitch DCJCC.

Questions? Contact:

JxJ Film Festival

Shari Berman



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Fairfax, Virginia 22031
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