3 films from the Francophonie that aren’t in French at JIFF

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JIFF 2022 is currently showing in Melbourne and Sydney with Canberra, Hobart, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth soon to follow. In this article, we let you know about films from the Francophonie that aren’t in French on the JIFF 2022 program.

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aren't in French at JIFF

My Father’s Secrets

Country: Belgium, France

Runtime: 74 Mins

Director: Véra Belmont

Language: English

In 1960s Belgium, Michel and his brother Charly live a happy childhood in their Jewish family. Their father, silent and discreet, reveals nothing of his past.  The two brothers imagine him as a great adventurer or treasure hunter…. but what is he hiding?


Based on the autobiographical novel by Israeli author and cartoonist Michel Kichka, My Father’s Secrets is an intimate, funny and thought-provoking animated documentary that focuses on a family’s journey to reconciliation. Michel’s father Henri (voiced by Elliott Gould) was the sole survivor of his family decimated by the Holocaust. At 20 years old, Henri returned to his native Belgium, marrying and fathering four children.  This is the story of Michel’s family, who must try to understand their father’s mysterious past and forge their own future.



Country: France

Director: Arthur Borgnis

Language: Yiddish (English subtitles)

In the limbo of Yiddishland, two men share with us fragments of their lives. Mendele grew up in a shtetl. Shedding the yoke of tradition and yearning for freedom, he discovers socialist ideas in which he sees as a new messianism. Young Yitskhok lives in the Vilnius ghetto. He rebels against his miserable condition and makes his life a hymn to hope. Shot in striking black-and-white, Oylem is a poetic Yiddish-language journey into the heart of Ashkenazi history and soul.


The Wild One

Country: France

Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé

Language: English

The Wild One illuminates the journey of an unsung artist, Jack Garfein – Holocaust camp survivor, Actors Studio co-founder and teacher, celebrated Broadway director and controversial filmmaker. Born in Czechoslovakia, Garfein was deported to Auschwitz at the age of 13. In 1946 he arrived in New York to study theatre, and at the age of 16 came under the wing of renowned acting teacher Lee Strasberg.


Interweaving Garfien’s own testimonial with narration from Willem Dafoe, this powerful documentary examines how trauma shaped Garfein‘s vision of acting and propelled his engagement with themes of violence, power, and racism in post-war America.



WHAT: Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF)


  • Melbourne – Classic Cinemas and Lido Cinemas – 24 October – 27 November
  • Sydney – Ritz Cinemas and Roseville Cinemas – 25 October – 28 November
  • Canberra – Dendy Cinemas – 27 October – 6 November
  • Hobart – State Cinema – 27 October – 6 November – NEW FOR 2022!
  • Brisbane – New Farm Cinemas – 10 – 20 November
  • Gold Coast – Dendy Southport – 17 – 27 November – NEW FOR 2022!
  • Perth – Luna Palace Leederville – 24 November – 7 December


Individual tickets can be purchased from the film’s page on the JIFF website

Festival passes can be purchased by the relevant links from this page


Single ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult $24
  • Concession $18.50
  • 35 and younger $18.50 (can only be purchased at the cinema and with valid ID)


Opening Night event (includes food, drink and live music)

  • Adult $39
  • Concession $35
  • Closing night event (includes drink on arrival)
  • Adult $33
  • Concession $29


Passes are also available for Elsternwick and Hawthorn in Melbourne and for Randwick in Sydney.

Pass type                            Price                                      Price per film

10 Film Pass                      $175 / $170 earlybird        $17.50 / $17

20 Film Pass                     $330 / $320 earlybird      $16.50 / $16

JIFF VIP – Unlimited      $645 / $620 earlybird      –


Which films are you planning to see at JIFF 2022?


For more films, read the following articles:

Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) is back for a second time this year!

Alliance Française 2020 French Film Festival films to stream/rent online

11 French movies from the 2019 Alliance Française French Film Festival to watch on SBS on Demand

7 French films from the AFFFF 2019 to watch for free at home



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