SIFF, Jewish Community Presents Sedona Jewish Film Festival May 5-7 Nov – Verde Independent | Episode Movies

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Jewish community of Sedona and the Verde Valley to present the Sedona Jewish Film Festival November 5-7 at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. The program includes five award-winning feature films from all over the world.

iMordecai – Opening Night Movie

Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m

Opening night begins with a heartwarming comedy based on a true story – “iMordecai” – starring Oscar-nominated and two-time Emmy winner Judd Hirsch (star of Emmy-winning sitcom “Taxi”, “Ordinary People”, “Independence Day ‘), alongside Oscar nominee Carol Kane (‘Hester Street’) and Oscar nominee Sean Astin (‘The Lord of the Rings’).

Marvin is an ambitious cigar maker trying to support his own family while still being there for his aging parents, Mordecai and Fela. When Mordecai’s ancient clamshell phone breaks, he begins taking classes on his new iPhone, opening him up to all sorts of novel experiences and adventures that make him feel like a kid again.

iMordecai is an uplifting comedy that challenges us all to live the one life we ​​have to the fullest.


Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m

Solheil is 15 when his Jewish-Iranian family moves to Wedding, one of the multicultural, mostly Muslim districts of Berlin. While the other kids listen to hip-hop music and the Wedding Tigers gang dominate the town with their graffiti and fights with other local crews eager to conform, Soheil hides his true origins. At night he becomes the writer King Star, covering the city with colorful labels and murals; During the day he flirts with Selma – one of the cool girls.

Until one day, Soheil’s gang of friends decide to rob the local “Jew-lery,” as they call it, which is run by none other than Soheil’s parents. Then Soheil must accept who he is and where he comes from, and regularly visit the local library to learn about Judaism.

Based on a provocative autobiography written twenty years ago, “Wet Dog” raises questions about cultural diversity, religious identity and its intersection with friendship, particularly in the rawness and exploration that the teenage years represent.


Sunday, November 6 at 7 p.m

The last surviving member of the great partisans who found Hitler’s secret weapon, the V2 rocket development facility, reflects on his past as a soldier in World War II. Delving into his traumatic memories, he must confront the dissociation and loss of identity that followed the war. Despite these adversities, it becomes clear that he can stay true to his values ​​through anything. Based on the true story of Leonid Berenshtein.


Monday, Nov 7, 4 p.m

Director Tom Weidlinger follows in the footsteps of his famous father Paul Weidlinger around the world, from his early childhood in Budapest to the founding of an internationally renowned building construction company in the United States. Paul Weidlinger has collaborated with some of the world’s most celebrated architects and artists to create brilliant, innovative buildings influenced by Bauhaus and modernist design, and based on his own dance-inspired philosophy of ‘Joy of Space’.

Told through hand-drawn sketches, archival footage, photographs, letters, paintings, songs and dramatic re-enactments, this documentary paints a vivid portrait of the challenges Paul Weidlinger faced as a refugee fleeing Europe to Bolivia and eventually the United States during the Holocaust. As he celebrates his accomplishments and legacy, Weidlinger delves into his father’s involvement in building missile silos during the Cold War, as well as his family’s history of mental illness, particularly the tragic stories of his mother, sister, and nephew. Few know that Paul Weidlinger started his own engineering firm to fund the costs of the mental hospital his first wife was committed to.

With readings from his memoirs “The Restless Hungarian: Modernism, Madness, and the American Dream”, Tom Weidlinger impressively reveals his father’s secrets.

This special screening of The Restless Hungarian will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with director Tom Weidlinger, moderated by Rabbi Alicia Magal.


Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m

Fashion designer and mogul Elie Tahari has been living the American dream for more than 50 years. He arrived in New York from Israel in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket, slept on benches in Central Park and built a billion-dollar fashion empire. There are thousands of fashion companies around the world, but only three have been around for more than 45 years and are still led by their founders: Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Elie Tahari.

The United States of Elie Tahari is the first documentary about Elie Tahari ever produced. Filmed in 2020, this highly anticipated documentary follows the life of Elie Tahari from his birth and origins (born in Israel to Iranian parents) to all his achievements and legacy. A portion of the documentary is also dedicated to Tahari’s creative process and endurance in the fashion world.

Several fashion personalities such as Fern Mallis (aka fashion’s godmother), Melissa Rivers, fashion designers Nicole Miller and Dennis Basso, Arthur S. Levine, Wall Street Journal fashion journalist Teri Agins, as well as disco musicians, models, Studio 54 and more, are part of the film .

The Sedona Jewish Film Festival is presented by the Cultural Committee of the Sedona and Verde Valley Jewish Community and the Sedona International Film Festival.

Tickets for each show are $12 general admission or $9 for film festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theater and film festival offices are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information and to book tickets online, visit

Information from SIFF.

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