Shorts Program 4

An international collection of narrative and documentary short films features a variety of genres, styles and subject matter. This program includes six separate films screened back-to-back without interruption.

Optimistic Realist

About the Film 
Fed up with an endless series of dead-end Hollywood casting calls, a struggling young actress takes career advice from her sage fifth-grade Hebrew school students, in this witty, award-winning charmer.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
10 minutes

Shiva Baby

About the Film 
Sex and family awkwardly intertwine when a college student runs into her sugar daddy at a Jewish funeral service, in this provocative and droll examination of relationships in the hook-up culture of the digital age.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
8 minutes

Sirens

About the Film 
As missiles rain down on Tel Aviv, a frustrated Israeli couple faces a series of misadventures after an early morning call from the fertility doctor, in this frantic, funny and surprise-filled Israeli Academy Award winner for Best Short Film.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
22 minutes

A Wish and a Half

About the Film 
An allegory for the intractable Middle East conflict, this smart, incisive morality play finds two stubborn, bickering fishermen, one Arab and the other Jewish, literally entangled in sociopolitical dynamics.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
8 minutes

My Yiddish Papi

About the Film 
Tinged with melancholy and regret, a young Franco-Canadian animator-­cartoonist recalls her late grandfather’s unanswered phone call, in this poignant and powerful story of family history preserved through personal illustration.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
7 minutes

100 Faces

About the Film 
An entire lifetime of Jewish Brits, one born in every year between 1917 and 2018, sing their shared story of Jewish diversity and memorable milestones, in this quirky and uplifting musical celebration that offers one hundred reasons to smile.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
14 minutes