Opening Night Film

Monday, March 25, 2019
5 & 7:30 PM @ National Museum of American Jewish History

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General Admission: $15 | Seniors: $13 | *Students: $7

*Because student ID is required, student tickets may only be purchased in-person.

Director: Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 44 min
Language: In Hebrew with English subtitles

Sponsored by: Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC Trial Lawyers

Philadelphia Premiere
Menachem (Moshe Folkenflik), a devout, middle-aged single father, used to be the lead singer of a popular Israeli rock band. Leaving it all behind to pursue a pious life, he never imagined he would be getting the band back together to play the Jewish wedding circuit — especially not as a means of funding his seven-year-old daughter’s expensive cancer treatments. For Menachem, there is nothing like playing music again, and for a moment, talk of a reunion tour doesn’t sound like a bad plan. Still, in the process of reconnecting with his secular past, the widowed Hasid is having difficulty reconciling his religious beliefs with the allure of music. His journey has reopened old wounds, obliging Menacham to confront his shortcomings, redeem himself, and move forward with his life with an open heart.

With its rousing musical performances and emotionally honest screenplay, REDEMPTION is a powerful return to form for two of Israel’s foremost filmmakers, Joseph Madmony (Restoration) and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov.

Both screenings will begin with a pre-recorded video introduction from co-director Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov.

Our 7:30 screening will conclude with a post-film discussion led by Olivia Antsis, GPJFF’s Executive Artistic Director.


Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival


  • Audience Award for Best Narrative, Van Leer Group Foundation Award for Best Music – Jerusalem Film Festival
  • Award of Ecumenical Jury, Best Actor – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival


  • “A charming film.” (Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope)
  • “An intimate, contemplative look at existential and everyday turmoil, as delicately and movingly anchored by Moshe Folkenflik.” (Sarah Ward, Screen International)