December 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm EDT | by Juliette Ebner
Jewish Film Festival features gay-themed offerings


The documentary ‘I Shot My Love’ tells the story of Tomer Heymann, an Israeli, his Jewish mother and his German lover, Andreas Merk. (Photo courtesy of Washington Jewish Film Festival)

The 22nd annual Washington Jewish Film Festival opened Thursday but continues through Dec. 11. Presented by Washington Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, the festival features films that bring life to issues and create dialogues about issues within the Jewish experience.

This year, the festival will feature two films with LGBT connections. The films, “I Shot My Love” and “Esther and Me,” will be shown on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater (1529 16th St., N.W.).

“Esther and Me” tells the story of Esther Weintraub, a politically minded former model and stand-up comedian, and her friendship with lesbian comedian/comedy producer Lisa Geduldig.

“I Shot My Love” follows Israeli director Tomer Heymann as he goes to Germany to present a film and meets a German dancer, Andreas Merk who moves to Tel Aviv and must learn to cope with a new relationship, being a German in Israel and Tomer’s Jewish mother.

There will also be a pre-film reception with Israeli wine at 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are $11 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

For a complete schedule of films and more about the festival, visit

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