The Women’s Balcony

Final screening this Saturday!

Winner of the Best Screenplay Award 2017, UK International Jewish Film Festival

The building site of a new synagogue located at the heart of a close-knit community in Jerusalem turns into a battleground between husbands and wives, when a new charismatic rabbi decrees that it will not include a women’s balcony – thus barring them altogether from religious services. The Women’s Balcony is a joyous, riotous and thought provoking portrayal of a community striving for equality, which has deservedly become a global hit.

1-20 January, JW3


An Act of Defiance

The powerful and captivating true story that was the Opening Night film at the 2017 UK International Jewish Film Festival.
Winner, Dorfman Best Film Award 2017

1963, South Africa. Ten men – some black, some Jewish – are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage against the Apartheid state and its government. Led by fellow defendant Nelson Mandela and represented by courageous lawyer Bram Fischer this important film captures a seminal moment in the fight against racism and explores the little known of South African Jews in consigning Apartheid to history.

22 January – 1 February, JW3

23-28 January, Reel Borehamwood


HMD 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

In line with UK Jewish Film’s educational objective to combat antisemitism through film and in partnership with local authorities, this January we are delivering two Speak Out screening events based on THE RESCUERS for schools to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.

23 January, Tower Hamlets

25 January, Manchester City Council


Nana + Q&A

Filmmaker Serena Dykman retraces her remarkable grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story, and investigates how her life-long fight against intolerance can continue to be taught to the new generations, against the backdrop of current events.

27 January, JW3

This special screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Serena Dykman and associate producer Larissa Foulon.

UKJF at Cineworld Didsbury

Russian Jews. Part Two.

This is the second part of a documentary trilogy that charts the fascinating and complex history of the Jewish community in Russia throughout the centuries. Created and presented by leading Russian journalist Leonid Parfenov, Russian Jews focuses on both the good and bad times, shedding new light on Jewish contribution to the country and its culture.

18-20 February, Cineworld Didsbury 

UKJF at Cineworld Didsbury


17 year-old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker at school. Whilst his powerful and strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business, Asher finds unexpected solace in his inspiring literature teacher. Torn between the two worlds, Asher looks for a chance for a new life and new identity. An impressive debut from first-time director Matan Yair, who explores his troubled protagonist with tenderness and depth.

18-21 March, Cineworld Didsbury

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Fire Birds on VOD

Winner of an Israeli Academy Award in 2015 and nominated for nine others, Amir Wolf’s electrifying directorial debut is an intelligent thriller with screen-stealing performances from Israeli stars Gila Almagor and Mali Levi. Enjoy it on VOD by clicking here.

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