About The Teaneck International Film Festival

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Presently, the Teaneck International Film Festival draws over 3,000 filmgoers each year. Films and talkbacks illustrate what TIFF is about – making untouchable topics part of everyday conversation by addressing racism, oppression, the environment, the LGBTQ community, women’s concerns, immigration -- stories of the little guy whose story is not often heard. With the theme, Activism: Making Change, the festival is an excellent starting point for fostering appreciation of differences, understanding all that we share, and encouraging efforts to help make the world a better place.


Major Sponsors


101 Seconds

DOCUMENTARY - 83 MINUTES

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald

Description: 101 Seconds intimately documents the journeys of two families from grieving survivors to hopeful gun safety advocates even as they are confronted by the reality of gun politics in modern America.

Sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women/Bergen County Section;
The Bergen County Brady Chapter; Teaneck Board of Education


93Queen

DOCUMENTARY - 90 MINUTES

Directed by Paula Eiselt

Description: 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are shattering the glass ceiling in their Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in NYC.

Sponsored by The Jewish Link of New Jersey


Abbeville – Lynching in America

DOCUMENTARY - 8 MINUTES

Description: In 1916, a black farmer named Anthony Crawford was brutally lynched in Abbeville, South Carolina. One hundred years later, the Crawford family returns to the town square to acknowledge the racial violence that once drove them away. A project of the Equal Justice Initiative.


Aligarh

BIOGRAPHY | DRAMA - 114 MINUTES (NJ Premiere)

Directed by Hansal Mehta (subtitles: Hindi and Urdu)

Description: This is the true heartbreaking and powerful story of Professor Siras, a prolific teacher who faced abject humiliation and persecution at the hands of university authorities and other citizens for being gay.

Sponsored by NPZ Law Group and Global Immigration Attorneys


An Act of Defiance (Bram Fischer)

BIOGRAPHY - 124 MINUTES

Directed by Jean van de Velde; subtitles (English, Afrikaans)

Description: In apartheid-ruled South Africa, a renowned lawyer struggles to hide his secret affiliation to the nation's chief resistance movement - as he takes on defending a group of its arrested members, including its leader, Nelson Mandela.

Sponsored by Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County; MLK Birthday Committee, Inc.


And Then They Came for Us

DOCUMENTARY - 40 MINUTES

Directed by Abby Ginzberg

Description: Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. This is a cautionary and inspiring story for these dark times. George Takei is featured.

Sponsored by The Teaneck Community Chorus


Ayla: The Daughter of War

DRAMA | HISTORY | WAR - 125 MINUTES

Directed by  Can Ulkay: subtitles (Korean, Turkish, English, Chinese)

Description: During the Korean War, a young girl is saved by Suleyman, a Turkish sergeant, who gives her the nickname Ayla.  Despite the language barrier, the two form a friendship but are torn apart when Suleyman must return home.


Bathtubs Over Broadway

DOCUMENTARY | COMEDY - 87 MINUTES

Directed by Dava Whisenant

Description: Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night segment becomes an unexpected, decades-spanning obsession when he stumbles  upon the strange and hilarious world of corporate musicals in this musical-comedy-documentary. With David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman, Jello Biafra, Florence Henderson, and more.

Sponsored by Wise Older Women (WOW); Rotary Club of Teaneck


The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

DOCUMENTARY - 84 MINUTES

Directed by Sue Thomson

Description: This documentary follows a group of older LGBTI+ people, who have been invited to attend a ball celebrating their gender and sexual identity. Faced with the complexities of aging and isolation, these extraordinary people seize each day with determination and humor. 

Sponsored by Garden State Equality; Reggie Van Lee


The Devil We Know

DOCUMENTARY - 95 MINUTES

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig

Description: In 1945, DuPont introduced Teflon to the marketplace and changed millions of American households. Today, a biopersistent chemical used in the creation of those products is in the bloodstream of 99 percent of all Americans. A compelling and ultimately terrifying watch that will make you question everything in your kitchen.

Sponsored by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy


Every Act of Life

DOCUMENTARY - 90 MINUTES

Directed by Jeff Kaufman

Description: The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration.

Sponsored by Black Box Studios and Performing Arts Center


Home is a Human Right: A Series on Immigration

DOCUMENTARY - 41 MINUTES

Description: These six short films examine issues related to immigration in the U.S. that impact undocumented and refugee communities.

Sponsored by Teaneck Board of Education


The Hunt (Bete)

DRAMA - 12 MINUTES

Directed by Ganesh Shetty (subtitles)

Description: In 2016, the Karnataka government in southern India legalized the use of local guns to cull wild boar herds for the protection of crops. This move has had serious effects on the ecosystem in addition to causing the loss of hundreds of innocent lives.


Ideal Home

DRAMA | COMEDY - 91 MINUTES

Directed by Andrew Fleming

Description: Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as Erasmus and Paul, a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus' grandson. Neither Paul, nor Erasmus, are ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents, but maybe this little kid has a thing or two to teach them about the value of family.

Sponsored by Julie Greller


Kid Flicks One

LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED SHORTS FOR CHILDREN 4 – 8

Description: Hosted by Bob McGrath of Sesame Street. Thanks to a grant from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., children are admitted free with a paying adult. Bob will introduce these brilliant films from around the world that will delight all ages.

Sponsored by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.


Leave No Trace

DRAMA - 109 minutes

Directed by Debra Granik

Description: Will and his teenage daughter Tom have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

Sponsored by Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women


Love Wins

DOCUMENTARY - 30 MINUTES

Directed by Robin Kampf

Description: Two 80-plus year old women fell in love and raised a family in suburban New Jersey in spite of a husband, Italian-Catholic guilt and the law. Now, after being together, living in the closet for 45 years, they got married and are now proud, flag-waving members of a social movement that has changed the course of the history of marriage.

Sponsored by Garden State Equality


My Annie Hall

NARRATIVE | COMEDY - 30 MINUTES

Directed by Matt Starr and Ellie Sachs

Description: A charming reboot of Woody Allen’s Annie Hall set in and starring members of a New York City senior center.

Sponsored by Age-Friendly Teaneck; Jacqueline and Michael Kates


Nana

DOCUMENTARY | HISTORY | WAR - 100 MINUTES

Directed by Serena Dykman: subtitles (French, English)

Description: The filmmaker retraces her grandmother's Auschwitz survival story and investigates how her life-long fight against intolerance can be passed on to new generations in the 21st century.

Sponsored by The Jewish Standard


The Rape of Recy Taylor

DOCUMENTARY - 91 MINUTES

Directed by Nancy Buirski

Description: Recy Taylor, a young black woman, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 rural Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.

Sponsored by The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Bergen/Passaic Chapter; YWCA of Bergen County


Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

DOCUMENTARY - 100 MINUTES

Directed by Samuel D. Pollard

Description: This is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

Sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg


Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne

DOCUMENTARY | BIOGRAPHY - 94 MINUTES

Directed by Michael Edwards

Description: Augusta Chiwy was a black nurse who heroically served at a U.S military aid station during the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge. Her remarkable life story, which went untold for over 60 years, was celebrated in the New York Times feature “The Lives They Lived.”

Sponsored by Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Inc.


Soldier On: Life After Deployment

DOCUMENTARY - 80 MINUTES

Directed by Susan Sipprelle

Description: Three women confront the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 deployments. Their compelling and illuminating stories are presented in the context of a population that has little appreciation for the experiences and sacrifices of female veterans.

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Teaneck; American Legion Post #128; VFW Post #1429; Gooney Bird Detachment of the Marine Corps League


Wendy's Shabbat

DOCUMENTARY | COMEDY - 14 MINUTES

Directed by Rachel Myers

Description: Shabbat dinner gatherings for these Jewish senior citizens is at the Wendy's Fast Food restaurant where they say prayers and light candles over hamburgers and fries.

Sponsored by Wendy Wineburgh Dessanti / Weichert Realtors


The Wiz

MUSICAL - 134 MINUTES

Directed by Sidney Lumet

Description: An adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” set in present-day (1978) New York City with Dorothy, now a 24-year-old teacher, played by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson as the scarecrow.

Sponsored by Teaneck Board of Education; YWCA of Bergen County