Opening Night Celebration


Sunday, March 29 | 5:00 - 8:30 PM

Bryan Glazer Family JCC

Tickets $8 | $10 at the Door

5:00 PM | Cocktails, hors d' oeuvres& entertainment 

5:45 PM | Movie seating

6:15 PM | Opening Program | Hope Cohen Barnett Leadership Institute graduation

6:30 PM | Feature Film

Running Time – 106 minutes | Genre – Drama | 2019 | English, German

Admission: $36



The Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties cordially invite you to the 24th Annual TBJFF Opening Night Event Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa.


Opening Night Celebration begins at 5:00 pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. The festivities continue inside the theatre with the Hope Cohen Barnett Leadership Institute graduation and STARR Award presentation.

Congratulations to the

Hope Cohen Barnett Leadership Institute graduates!


Liesa Abel Jason Margolin
Marina Berdnik Joseph Markowitz
Aaron Binder Alissa Myers
Sarah Feld Brian Overbye
Adam Gerber Jesse Rubin
Dan Goldberg Michelle Schlesinger
Lina Goldberg Michael Shine
Jesse Haskins Rachel Sperber
Keeley Haysman Arlyn Stein
Andrew Kanter Scott Tankel
Ya Levy-La’ford Jacqueline Wertel


About The Film:

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi (“Alexander Penn”, “Everything for my Father”) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo’, rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek (“Toni Erdmann”) stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy (“Victoria”) and Sabrina Amali (“4 Blocks”). A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.


Running Time 106 minutes / Genre Drama / Director Dror Zahavi / Country Germany/ Year 2019/ Language English, German.