2018 Teaneck International Film Festival Film Roster

We are still finalizing our 2018 film roster through the summer - more films to come! 

101 Seconds


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, and Teaneck Board of Education


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Kid Flicks One

SHORT - Live action and animated shorts for children 4 – 8

Description: Hosted by Bob McGrath of Sesame Street. Bob will introduce these brilliant films from around the world that will delight all ages.

Sponsored by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

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.

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.



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.

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

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.

Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne


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.”

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