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The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, now in its 9th year, is proud to present its 2nd Virtual Social Justice Series, with 5 films available for in-home viewing, including exclusive conversations with filmmakers and subject matter experts afterwards. many films.

The series extends from January 14 – January 23 and a special Series Pass is available for pre-purchase for a limited time.

As North America’s largest, non-denominational, inclusive Jewish community center, the philosophy of inclusion serves as a compass for JCC Chicago – and their festival has historically featured dozens of films that address race issues. , religion, orientation, disability, differences and sanity. This year’s films were chosen to inform and spark an important conversation.


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“Cinema is a powerful tool for inspiring change and a wonderful way to reach more people. The themes explored throughout this list of films give a powerful voice to the problems of the human experience with real-life, raw, emotional, sometimes uncomfortable stories. ” says Ilene Uhlmann, director of arts and ideas at JCC Chicago.

Highlights of the series include Once upon a time there was a boy on a family’s struggle against their son’s cerebral palsy, A common goal where player loyalty is in question because half of the players on the Israeli national football team are Muslims, and The belly of the beast, directed by Emmy Award-winning Peabody and Erika Cohn. In addition, the short film Growing peace in the Middle East, which was created by a 7th grade student inspired by a visit to Israel, will be shown.

The social justice series will officially open on January 14, and the films will be available for in-home viewing for a 72-hour window through the Eventive online viewing platform. With each rental, households will have access to exclusive conversations with filmmakers, directors and thought leaders after numerous films.

To see the full lineup and join the film series experience, please visit, jccfilmfest.org.


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