Kansas City Jewish Film Festival returns to in-person events with 11 award-winning films
Eleven award-winning films will be screened as part of the 22nd Kansas City Jewish
Film Festival (KCJFF), presented by the Lewis and Shirley White Theater at the Jewish
Community Center (The J). The three-week festival opens on Sunday July 31 and ends on Sunday August 21, with several films having multiple screenings to accommodate people’s busy schedules. Films from the 2022 festival have been recognized nationally and internationally.
The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival provides an opportunity to meet films from
Jewish filmmakers – usually spotlighting Jewish history or culture – that audiences probably wouldn’t encounter in conventional theaters or even on any of the various streaming platforms. KCJFF films explore issues of universal importance, with a Jewish twist! Some films are in English, while others are subtitled. All KCJFF films will be screened inside the J’s White Theater, with the notable exception of a special screening of the documentary “A Common Goal,” on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. at Children’s Mercy Park, home of the J. Kansas City men’s team. football team, Sporting KC.
“We are very happy to be back in person for all of our films this year, and in particular
delighted to partner with Sporting KC for the special screening at Children’s Mercy Park,” said Keith Wiedenkeller, Director of Arts and Culture at The J. The KCJFF opens Sunday, July 31 with two films. screening of the documentary film “Golda,” about Golda Meir, the first and only woman to serve as Prime Minister of Israel. This subtitled film features Meir in intimate conversation after being interviewed on Israeli TV and will also be shown on Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m.
The second film of the opening day is a feature film, “The Raft”, sponsored by Cal and
Marilyn Cohen, and screens at 5 p.m., after our opening day reception. “The Raft” tells the story of three Israeli teenagers who build a raft to sail to Cyprus. This coming-of-age story follows their journey as they put their friendships to the test. “The Raft” will have an encore on Tuesday, August 2 at 7 p.m.
The KCJFF also features Kansas City native Ed Asner in his final screen appearance in
the feature film “Tiger Within”. This poignant film is the story of an unlikely friendship between a homeless teenager and a Holocaust survivor. The film is sponsored by Alan Edelman and Debbie Sosland-Edelman and will screen twice: Saturday, August 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m.
The special screening of “A Common Goal” at Children’s Mercy Park on August 14 is
presented in partnership with Sporting KC. Sporting KC midfielder Gadi Kinda, who was a
member of the Israel men’s national team and former Israel Premier League player, will be
talk about his experiences within the team at the end of the film. Doors will open at noon for this screening and concessions will be available for purchase from the Ellenberg Experience Kosher Food Truck, as well as other concession stands throughout the park. Fun activities for the whole family will also be offered!
For previews of all the films and to purchase tickets, visit KCJFF.org or call the box office at
913-327-8054. A festival pass is just $126 for all 11 movies (for the price of nine) or individual movie tickets are available for $14.
The Greater Kansas City Jewish Community Center opened in 1914 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and has grown and adapted to meet the changing needs of Greater Kansas City’s Jewish and secular communities. Our mission is to build a strong, vibrant, and inclusive community that enhances well-being, meaning, and joy, based on Jewish values, heritage, and culture. We are a welcoming community that embodies Jewish values in a safe and respectful environment. People of all ages and backgrounds learn and grow in our “home away from home”.