2022 Israel Independence Day Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

David Ben-Gurion – 1968


In association with over 200 synagogues and Jewish film festivals across North America, the first annual Israel Independence Day Film Festival will be held beginning May 4th and continuing for a total of six nights, streaming virtually to enjoy from the comfort of home. This important event brings together the potential of every community, no matter how big or small, to celebrate Israel’s past, present and future.

The festival presents 11 films (including both World and US premieres) all for one low price of $50 (with a 20% discount to $40 when using a promo code provided by a local organization).

We are thrilled to partner with organizations across North America to share the history and importance of Israel and as a way to share the celebration of Israel Independence Day with their community. The additional purpose is to keep the benefit within each sponsoring community.

Following the model of the recent Hanukkah Film Festival, the festival revenue is shared with each of the participating festivals and synagogues . Cantor Paula Baruch of Temple Anshe Sholom (Hamilton, Ontario), a sponsoring member of the festival, highlights the benefits to each community as follows:

“What a fabulous program you have put together. It’s a great concept and so needed by the many smaller congregations who cannot afford to run film festivals in the traditional way. You’ve made it affordable and fun and accessible. You have partnered with us in the most life giving way. I hope this becomes a yearly event.”

Menemsha Films has worked for 20 years with a singular mission: “To preserve and share our Jewish stories collected from around the world. “ Menemsha has built the largest library of its kind anywhere outside of Israel.

Israel’s Go2Films specializes in distribution, marketing and co-production of top Israeli docs, fiction films and TV series as well as international films with Jewish related content. We have a soft spot for movies which help us understand who we are, where we come from and where we want to go.

ChaiFlicks is the extension into the digital age that now boasts the greatest number of Jewish themed films anywhere in digital distribution.


Complete Schedule:

Night One | May 4th, 2022

–  Ben Gurion, Epilogue

Night Two | May 5th, 2022

–  Shoelaces

–  The Museum

Night Three | May 6th, 2022

–  Rabin In His Own Words

–  A Lullaby for the Valley

Night Four | May 7th, 2022

–  Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

–  Across the Line

Night Five | May 8th, 2022

–  Our Natural Right

–  An Average Story

–  Renewal

Night Six | May 9th, 2022

–  Golda

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