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21st Annual Festival of Jewish Film

January 18-26, 2014

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by the Simon Family Jewish Community Center, celebrates and supports international Jewish film and filmmakers, presenting the newest and best films worldwide.

Three films will be screened in TCC's Roper Performing Arts Center. TCC students can show their ID for free admission.

Misa's Fugue

Presented by TCC's Office for Intercultural Learning

Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 12 noon

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center

340 Granby St., Norfolk

Free and open to the public


Directed by Sean Gaston

Written by Sean Gaston and Jennifer Goss
2012|United States|97 minutes

"Misa’s Fugue" is the true story Frank “Misa” Grunwald’s journey through Prague, Terezin, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk and Gunskirchen as a victim of Nazi oppression. While exposed to some of the most horrific events of the Holocaust, Frank Grunwald was able to endure the atrocities of genocide through a love for art and music that his childhood in Prague had instilled in him.

His story of suffering, loss and self-discovery is from the perspective of a child who had lived with these tragic memories for more than half of a century.

Bill Jucksch, a local liberator of Gunskirchen, and Frank “Misa” Grunwald himself will be our guests for a pre-show reception at 11 a.m. and again after the screening at 2 p.m.

The festival will also screen the film at the Roper on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., in partnership with the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Bill Jucksch and Frank Grunwald, along with the director and writer, will be the special guests for a post-screening discussion

Watch the trailer


All In

Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

2012|Argentina|113 minutes
Spanish with subtitles

This romantic comedy is the story of Uriel, a professional gambler, single father, and Don Juan of the first rank.


In the Shadow

Sunday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

Closing reception catered by TCC Culinary Arts students

Directed by David Ondricek
2012| Czech Republic|97 minutes
Czech | Polish | German

In the former Czechoslovakia, 1950s, police captain Hakl investigates a jewelry robbery. An opened safe deposit leads to a known burglar.

Watch the trailer

For the full schedule,

visit the Festival of Jewish Film website