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Teaneck International Film Festival

Teaneck, NJ

The 2017 Teaneck International Film Festival presents a collection of compelling and imaginative feature-length films, documentaries and shorts from a variety of cultures, relating to the theme of Activism: Making Change. A number of films will have their tri-state area or NJ premiere at the festival. Talkbacks with celebrity guests will follow most of the screenings. Check the TIFF website for more information including film descriptions, directions to venues and sponsor information.

Tickets for the Opening Night showing of Daughters of the Dust on Thursday are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets for the Centerpiece showing of Dolores are $25. All other tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

A special for children:
A Sunday morning screening of Kid Flix Mix, a one-hour program of shorts from around the globe, from the New York International Children's Film Festival is recommended for children 4-8 years old. Thanks to a grant from the Puffin Foundation, children 13 and under will be admitted free to the Kid Flix Mix when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Teaneck International Film Festival is a project of the nonprofit Puffin Foundation.


Daughters of the Dust (1991)

November 02, 2017 7:30 PM

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore.
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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

November 03, 2017 8:00 PM

For 81-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act.
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Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

November 04, 2017 11:50 AM

Examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth.
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November 04, 2017 12:00 PM

As India, the world's largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion -Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India.
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The Last Blintz / Breakfast at Ina's

November 04, 2017 1:00 PM

Two documentaries, one about the closing of the The Cafe Edison - aka The Polish Tea Room. The other chronicling the last days of Ina Pinkney's - the "Breakfast Queen's" - restaurant.
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Quest / April in Blue

November 04, 2017 1:50 PM

Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, it is a moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher Quest Rainey, along with his wife Christinea, aka Ma Quest, open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Plus the short April in Blue.
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Swim Team

November 04, 2017 2:00 PM

What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands.
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Restless Creature

November 04, 2017 2:40 PM

Offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.
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Back to Natural

November 04, 2017 5:15 PM

The film that takes a shocking and emotional look at the intersection of hair, politics, and identity in Black communities.
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Divine Order

November 04, 2017 5:30 PM

Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband and their two sons in a peaceful little village until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women's right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters.
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November 04, 2017 8:00 PM

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized.
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Kid Flix Mix 2017 - The Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival

November 05, 2017 11:15 AM

Once again, TIFF presents the acclaimed New York International Children's Film Festival assortment of its best animated and live action films from around the world. Bob McGrath, of Teaneck and Sesame Street, will introduce the program, which features musical and narrative works from around the world. The collection is guaranteed to delight our youngest filmgoers.
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Fanny's Journey

November 05, 2017 11:30 AM

Based on a true story, this is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one.
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Body & Soul: An American Bridge / Strange Fruit

November 05, 2017 12:20 PM

Two documentaries - each about cross cultural encounters in American music.
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My Life as a Zucchini

November 05, 2017 1:55 PM

After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer who takes him to a group home where he has a hard time, but eventually finds his way - learning to trust and love.
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Five-Finger Discount

November 05, 2017 2:00 PM

Based on Helene Stapinskis blockbuster memoir, the film relates Helenes saga of growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey, in a family nearly overrun with crooks, corrupt politicians, mobster wannabes and murderers.
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Keep Quiet

November 05, 2017 2:15 PM

Keep Quiet depicts Szegedi's three year journey as he is guided by Rabbi Boruch Oberlander to embrace his newfound religion, forced to confront the painful truths of his family's past, his own wrong doing and the turbulent history of his country.
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Birthright: A War Story

November 05, 2017 4:30 PM

Examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.
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Dear Zindagi

November 05, 2017 4:30 PM

Kaira is a budding cinematographer in search of a perfect life. Her encounter with Jug, an unconventional thinker, helps her gain a new perspective on life.
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This Beautiful Fantastic

November 05, 2017 4:30 PM

A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a childrens book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London.
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The Women's Balcony

November 05, 2017 7:30 PM

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

November 05, 2017 7:45 PM

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
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Teaneck International Film Festival
Jeremy Lentz

20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, NJ 07666




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