Ryan Ochoa (left) and Hal Linden star in “The Samuel Project,” a story of “how love of family can make a difference in one’s outlook on life.” The film opens the 19th annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival June 4 at the Dayton Art Institute. The festival continues through June 27 at various venues. CONTRIBUTED

Dayton Jewish Film Festival: See stories of love, war, religion and more

Stories of love, injustice, family, war, religion and politics provide the artistic foundation for the 19th annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival, beginning Tuesday, June 4 at the Dayton Art Institute.

Presented at various venues through June 27 by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton, the festival specifically features award-winning films, including domestic and foreign documentaries, addressing diverse aspects of Jewish and Israeli culture and history.

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The opening night film is “The Samuel Project,” an inspirational tale centered on Eli, who discovers his Jewish grandfather Samuel was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. Emmy nominee Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”) portrays Samuel.

In addition, guest speakers will accent four screenings. “Redemption” (June 13) features clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Schwartzman, “Shoelaces” (June 20) features attorney and advocate Jane Novick, “Who Will Write Our History” (June 25) features Holocaust educator Renate Frydman, and “Golda’s Balcony” (June 27) features playwright Dave Fishelson.

“The selection committee is confident attendees will find our films informative, entertaining and memorable,” said Festival Chair Neil Friedman.

Single tickets are $9, student tickets are $8 and season passes are $75. Tickets are on sale by calling the JCC at (937) 610-1555 or visiting jewishdayton.org. Tickets are also available at the door directly before each screening. Seating is limited. For more information, call (937) 610-1555 or contact JCC Director Jane Hochstein at (937) 401-5145. For complete film descriptions, visit jewishdayton.org.

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The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. (Photo source: Facebook)
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2019 Jewish Film Fest Schedule

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

“The Samuel Project”

7 p.m. Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

“The Samuel Project”

7:15 p.m. Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

THURSDAY, JUNE 6

“Winter Hunt”

7:30 p.m. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

“A Bag of Marbles”

7:30 p.m. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

“Redemption” (“Guela”)

9:30 a.m. Coffee. 10 a.m. Film. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Guest Speaker: Dr. Judy Schwartzman

“A Bag of Marbles”

7:15 p.m. Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

“The Spy Behind Home Plate”

7:30 p.m. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20

“Working Woman”

7:30 p.m. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

“Shoelaces”

7:30 p.m. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Guest Speaker: Jane Novick

TUESDAY, JUNE 25

“Who Will Write Our History”

7:30 p.m. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St. Dayton

(Patrons are advised the film contains content that may be disturbing to some viewers)

Guest Speaker: Renate Frydman, Ph.D

THURSDAY, JUNE 27

“Golda’s Balcony”

7:30 p.m. Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Guest Speaker: Playwright, producer and director Dave Fishelson

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