The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival returns Feb. 9-23 for its 18th year of giving movie lovers throughout the Valley the opportunity to experience firsthand the richness of Jewish culture and tradition.

This year brings three films of particular interest to families and youth:


Part road movie, part concert film and part social commentary, this 75-minute documentary follows famous Jewish musician Dan Nichols and his band E18hteen on a tour through the deep South during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. Director Doug Passon will speak after a screening at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Harkins Camelview 5.


When Igor’s mother decides to leave Russia for Israel, he must learn to face many challenges, just as the baby crane he observed hatching must soon set out on his first migration. The 90-minute adventure/family film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Shows 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12. Other showings available.


The 13-year-old son of a famous police inspector in this adventure/drama has his own mystery to solve prior to his bar mitzvah: learning the identity of his deceased mother while setting out on a madcap adventure. The movie, 95 minutes, is in Dutch, French and English with subtitles. Plays 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12. Other showings available.

A special ticket deal is available for “Igor & The Cranes’ Journey” and “The ZigZag Kid.” When you buy one adult ticket to either of those movies, you may bring your children or grandchildren (15 and younger) for free. Tickets for this promotion can only be purchased by calling (602) 753-9366 or emailing

If you go

What: The 2014 Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival features 12 films at three Valleywide venues over 15 days.

When: Show times vary Feb. 9-23

Where: Movies screen at three Harkins theaters across the Valley, including one in Chandler.

Cost: Single tickets are $11-$12 ($6 for students with i.d.). Festival passes, which include tickets for four to 12 movies, are $40-$100. See accompanying story for special pricing on family films.

Information: (800) 838-3006 or

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