The 9th Annual Indianapolis Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is an unmissable arts event for those living in the city and central Indiana. It is a celebration of diversity, showcasing thought-provoking, inspiring, and engaging films that present different perspectives and bring the world to the audience. The festival is organized by Bob Epstein, a local lawyer and movie buff, who realized that Indianapolis was missing out on a Jewish film festival. This year's festival will be held from May 3 to 10 and will feature films such as Trembling Before God, about Orthodox Jews who face their homosexuality, and Live and Become, about Jews of color from Ethiopia.
It will also include Jenni Berebitsky's story, a member of the Indianapolis Jewish community who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 33. The JCC has partnered with organizations such as Heartland Films and WFYI to release or screen films with important topics related to the Jewish experience. The festival will also take place every Monday from June 26 to July 31 at the Franciscan Theater of the University of Lourdes. The cost of admission to the Indianapolis Jewish and Israeli Film Festival has yet to be announced. However, tickets can be purchased online or at the door.