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Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Screening Information

Toronto Premiere

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 2017
Running Time 52 MIN
Language English
Director Larry Weinstein

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Celebrate Christmakah early this year as TJFF presents the Toronto Premiere of Larry Weinstein’s (Inside Hana’s Suitcase) new film.

An offbeat, fun and intelligent film about how Jews redefined the Christmas season. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas explores the Jewish songwriters—Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston and many others—who wrote the soundtrack to Christendom's most musical holiday, and transformed the holiday from a religious to a secular and inclusive one. Using Toronto’s landmark Sea Hi Famous Chinese Restaurant as a backdrop, Weinstein’s film is a unique documentary, featuring rarely-seen archival footage, musical performances and interviews with contemporary writers and performers (even Jackie Mason  and Mark Breslin make appearances), as well as connoisseurs of North American popular music.


Special TJFF Ticket Offer$12 (Reg. $17)  Use promo code: TJFFJEWISHCHRISTMAS  and then select group ticket price



Presentation Details

Special Guests in Attendance Director Larry Weinstein, producer Liam Romalis, writer/producer Jason Charters, performers David Wall, Dione Taylor, Aviva Chernick and interviewee/expert Robert Harris
Date Sunday, December 3
Time 2:00 PM
Location Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. (Bathurst subway stn.)
To purchase tickets in person Visit the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Box Office, 506 Bloor St. W.
Presenting Partner Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema