Welcome to the 14th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival. Ventura, California, the county seat of Ventura County, is an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. It is located along the scenic southern-most part of California’s beautiful Central Coast. Ventura is known for its majestic beauty and Mediterranean climate.

We are proud to celebrate thirteen years of film screenings that represent the best of contemporary Jewish-related movies from around the world. Our committee of volunteers works year round to carefully select the highest quality full-length features, documentaries, and short films for your enlightenment and entertainment.

Tickets may be purchased by mailing a check to:

Ventura County Jewish Film Festival
℅ Temple Beth Torah
7620 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93004

Upcoming Films

Festival Pass $75 (includes all 5 screenings below):

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

105 Minutes
2015, German with English subtitles
Director: Lars Kraume
Sponsored by Joel and Barbara Aaronson and The Affordable Living Choices Trust
Guest Speaker: German Consul General Hans Jörg Neumann
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door

Saturday, February 18, 2017
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

The People vs. Fritz Bauer Top German actors Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) and Ronald Zehrfeld (Barbara, Phoenix) star in this riveting historical thriller, which chronicles the herculean efforts of German district attorney Fritz Bauer to bring Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann to justice. It received the German Film Award for the year’s best film, 2016. This film, paired with Labyrinth of Lies (screening on Sunday), tells the story of courageous German prosecutors as they attempted to expose Nazi perpetrators of the Shoah.

Labyrinth of Lies

124 Minutes
2014, German with English subtitles
Director: Giulio Ricciarelli
Sponsored by Joel and Arlene Goldenberg and Goldenberg Family Dentistry
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door

Sunday, February 19, 2017
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

Labyrinth of Lies Giulio Ricciarelli’s film, shortlisted for a 2016 Academy Award, is both a love story and a conspiracy drama. In the early 1950’s, a naïve young prosecutor, working under the direction of Fritz Bauer, blunders into a labyrinth of guilt and lies, eventually leading him to the notorious Dr. Mengele.

Rock in the Red Zone

90 Minutes
2014, Israel – English & Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Laura Bialis
Sponsored by Dr. Mark & Eleanor Richman
Guest Speakers: Filmmaker Laura Bialis & and musician Avi Vaknin, who are both featured in the film.
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door

Saturday, February 25, 2017
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

Rock in the Red Zone is an intimate portrayal of life on the edge in the war-torn city of Sderot. Once known for its prolific rock scene that revolutionized Israeli music, for thirteen years the town has been the target of ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza strip. Through the personal lives and music of Sderot’s diverse musicians, and the personal narrative of the filmmaker, who ends up calling the town home, the film chronicles the town’s trauma and reveals its enduring spirit.

Hummus The Movie

Director: Oren Rosenfeld
72 Minutes
USA/Israel – English, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles
Sunday, February 26, 2017
2 PM
‘Hummus the Movie’ followed by a taste of hummus (nosh)
$18 advanced purchase, $21 at the door
Sponsored by Jewelry Couture by Sehati & The Sehati Family
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93004

Hummus the Movie Hummus – the delicious, nutritious superfood sweeping America – has the power to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together… in the Middle East, America and around the world. Hummus. Claimed by all. Owned by none. In Hummus! The Movie we meet three main characters – a hard working Muslim woman, an ever-smiling Jew and a young Christian Arab on a quest for meaning. And they all have one thing in common… a love of Hummus. Hummus! The Movie also spotlights “The World’s Largest Serving of Hummus” – the fiercely fought Guinness World Record title currently held by a Lebanese Hummus maker at a huge 23,042lb (10,451kg)! But beyond the competition, beyond arguments over the best Hummus and even beyond religious and political divides, Hummus! The Movie tells the touching personal stories of the colorful men and women who love their Hummus. To make it even more fun, the film will be followed (what else?) by a yummy hummus tasting.

The film is appropriate for ages 8-100.

Havana Curveball & other short films

Directors (Havana Curveball): Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider
56 Minutes
2014, USA/Cuba/Canada, English & Spanish
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Temple Beth Torah Brotherhood & VC Jewish Film Festival Committee

Sunday, March 05, 2017
Brotherhood Brunch (included with purchase of film ticket) at 12 noon followed by films
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93004

Havana Curveball Mica, is a classic young teen. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age rite. An earnest kid, he takes to heart his Rabbi’s requirement to help “heal the world.” Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans are poor and love baseball-and that Cuba saved his grandpa’s life. On a hunch, his award-winning filmmaker parents pick up their camera. They know the U.S. embargo with Cuba-and the complications of growing up-will throw him a curveball.

Other short films include:
1) A Children’s Song (27 min)
When two students competing for a music scholarship discover that their original compositions are based on a single family song, both are determined to prove ownership, leading them to uncover the long lost true origin of the melody: a story of salvation and hope when over 20,000+ Jews emigrated to Shanghai during WWII.

2) The Chop (16 min)
‘The Chop’ is a comedy about Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.