The Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival promotes Jewish values and diversity through the medium of film, striving to entertain, educate, and raise community awareness of Jewish identity, history, and culture. The Festival was conceived in 2001 by Mel Pomerantz, whose persistent efforts brought it to life. 

Mini Festival

Ticket Prices*: $9.50 (online) • $10 (in-person/phone) • $12 (day of/at the door)
*prices are per ticket, per film.

Shoelaces The Other Story The Tobacconist
2:00 PM 4:30 PM 7:30 PM

All screenings to be held at Regal Alamo Quarry Stadium 16.

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Directed by  Jacob Goldwasser 
90 min. | Israel | 2018 | Drama | Hebrew w/English subtitles

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Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his son with special needs, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben's (60) kidneys are failing and his son, Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own to help save his father's life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi's sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He's furious with the committee's decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father's life.

Through the film's portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection, and co-dependency, Shoelaces manages to shed some light and question the importance of human life, human connection, and if life is even possible without either one of them. A rare, honest depiction of special-needs characters, told with gentle humor and sensitivity, Shoelaces is the highly personal project of director Jacob Goldwasser, himself a parent of a child with special-needs.

The Other Story

The Other Story
Directed by Avi Nesher
112 min. | Israel | 2018 | Drama | Hebrew w/English subtitles


Complications arise when a dysfunctional Israeli family tries to lure their willful daughter away from Orthodox Judaism, in The Other Story, acclaimed filmmaker Avi Nesher's compassionate and empowering ensemble drama. Renouncing the hedonism of her Jerusalem youth, obstinate young Anat (Joy Rieger) devotes herself to a pure life and the study of Torah. Her upcoming marriage to a raunchy pop star-turned-devoted Hasid, Shahar (Nathan Goshen), is the final straw, as her divorced secular parents (Yuval Segal and Maya Dagan) and grandfather (Sasson Gabai) scheme to foil the nuptials. Amid rising tensions and shifting alliances, no one has a monopoly on virtue, as multi-layered plots converge with unexpected consequences. Sensitively exploring the religious-secular divide, this universal tale of broken relationships and forgiveness masterfully weaves its many threads with poignant, gently humorous performances by a stellar cast.

The Tobacconist

The Tobacconist
Directed by Nikolaus Leytner
108 min. | Germany | 2018 | Drama | German w/English subtitles


A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee? Contains adult themes.


Wendy Barker, PhD • Jim Barshop • Clarance Dickinson* • Steven G. Kellman, PhD • Sandy Levenshus*
Alan Petlin • Ann Pomerantz • Sharon Teich • Sandy Weingart
*2019 Film Festival Co-Chairs


A production of the Mel Pomerantz Cultural & Performing Arts Series, the Festival is presented with generous support from the following sponsors*:


Elsa Barshop • Jolene & Steve Davis • Randi & Bob Hutchens • Mary Sue & Maurie Kern • The Lazarus-Gershenhorn Family Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation • Ann Pomerantz • Laura & Jack Richmond • Barbara & Stanley Spigel • Francie & Harris Sterling • Maxine & Dick Zucker


Leigh & Jim Barshop • Beldon Roofing Company • Susan & Jon Blumenthal • Luann & Larry Cohen • Dr. Roxanne Henkin & Marylou Daugherty • Toni & Richard Goldsmith • Gail & Robert Gurwitz • Dana & Bruce Hendin • Jeff Kavy • Shirley & Charles Lerner • Sandy & Saul Levenshus • Danny Markson (OBM) • Judy & Seymour Palans • Kristy & Alan Petlin • Myra & Abe Ribak • Bari & Arthur Rosenthal • Bonnie Reed & Stu Schlossberg • Phyllis Davis & Leonard Seidner • Lynn & Rabbi Samuel Stahl • Alice & Richard Thorner • Sherie & Anatole Trakhtenbroit • Bette & Jack Vexler • Sandy & Mel Weingart


Gayle & Stanley Alterman • Kate Badash • Beverly & Mike Birnbaum • Linda & Stanley Blend • Clarance Dickinson • Financial Life Advisors • Claire Golden • Jayne & David Gordon • Great Adventures, Inc. • Mindi Alterman & Glen Halff • Danna & Jim Halff • Sally Halff • Ruth & Hal Hoine • Roxana & Jerry Kelfer • Wendy Barker & Steven G. Kellman • Barbara & Herbert Keyser • Michele & Alan Krapf • Rochelle & David Lefton • Louise Mandel & Brant Mittler • Max & Louie's New York Diner • New Balance San Antonio • Suzanne & Rusty Palmer • Nancy & Barry Portnoy • Sandra & Stanley Rosenberg • Ray Schneider • Alicia Leff & Dr. Stephen Shanfield • Renee & Brent Silber • Carol & Kenneth Sugarman • Kenneth Train • Leslie & Jon Tramer • Tina & Brian Weiner • Rene & Martin Wender • Ginny Wind • Ruthie & Dick Wurzburg

*As of February 1, 2019.

For more information about the Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival or sponsorship opportunities, contact Allison Cornwell at (210) 302-6828.

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