JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents Social Justice series

Once Upon A Boy

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, now in its 9th year, is proud to present its 2nd virtual Social Justice Series, featuring 5 films available for at home viewing including exclusive conversations with filmmakers and subject matter experts following many of the films.

The series runs from January 14 – January 23 and a special Series Pass is available for pre-purchase for a limited time.

As the largest Jewish Community Center in North America, non-denominational and welcoming to all, the philosophy of inclusion serves as a compass for JCC Chicago–and their festival has historically featured dozens of films that address issues of race, religion, orientation, disabilities, differences, and mental health. This year’s films were chosen to inform and ignite important conversation. 

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“Film is a powerful tool to inspire change, and a wonderful way to reach more people. The themes explored throughout this slate of films give a powerful voice to issues of the human experience with raw, emotional, occasionally uncomfortable, real life stories.” says Ilene Uhlmann, Director of Arts & Ideas at JCC Chicago. 

Highlights of the series include Once Upon A Boy about a family’s struggle with their son’s cerebral palsy, A Common Goal where player’s loyalties are questioned as half the Israeli National Soccer Team players are Muslim, and Belly of the Beast, directed by Peabody and Emmy Award-winner Erika Cohn. Additionally, the short film Growing Peace in the Middle East, that was created by a 7th grade student who was inspired by a visit to Israel, will be shown.

The Social Justice Series will officially open on January 14, and films will be available for at home viewing for a 72-hour window through the online viewing platform Eventive. With each rental, households will be given access to exclusive conversations with filmmakers, directors and thought leaders following many of the films.

To see the full film lineup and join the film series experience, please visit, jccfilmfest.org.

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