As far as niche film festivals go, this may seem like an unexpected event for Copenhagen to host. However, the small Jewish community in Denmark has a long and proud history in the country going back centuries.
Though most Danish Jews were forced to flee to Sweden when the Nazis invaded in 1940, since the end of the war Jewish culture has rebounded and flourished in Denmark.
However several modern issues, such as the rise of anti-Semitism, the complex relationship with Israel, and the struggle to keep one’s faith in an increasingly non-religious society, ensure that there are still many questions facing the future of Denmark’s Jewish community.
These issues, along with the experiences of Jewish people in Europe and around the world, are shared every year at the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival. The festival serves both as a screening house for the latest in international Jewish cinema, as well as a space for reflection and discussion on what it means to be Jewish in Danish society.
The documentaries and feature films screened here are sure to engage and stimulate. The 2018 program will be finalised soon, and information about all the films and ticket sales will be on the film festival’s website.
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