Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2015
Run Time: 94 minutes


Nat is a Jewish baker desperately trying to save his family business. All his customers are moving or dying, and a ruthless developer wants to buy him out. Ayyash is a young Muslim immigrant trying to remove himself and his mother from poverty. He is looking for a cover job—something to legitimize the sudden big money he hopes to make working for a local drug supplier. When Nat's apprentice leaves him, Ayyash gets the position. Soon he is secretly selling pot from the bakery. When a stash accidentally gets mixed into the dough, sales suddenly increase and new customers bloom. Ayyash sees a way to riches, while Nat believes the boy's skills have turned things around and may save his business. Things naturally will unravel. But how they unravel, and the bonds that are broken and forged along the way, is the real secret ingredient of DOUGH. Witty and wise (shall we also say high-spirited?), this charming film aims for sharp-edged social commentary and rises to the occasion. –C.R.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Friday, April 01, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

African Diaspora
Jewish and Israeli Visions

John Goldschmidt

John Goldschmidt was born in 1943 in London, England. He studied at the Czech National Film School FAMU and earned a Master of Arts Degree at the Royal College of Arts Department of Film and Television. He has produced and directed many documentary films for British television.

"Dead End Lads" (1973), "Just One Kid" (1974), "She'll Be Wearing Pink Pajamas" (1985), "Maschenka" (1987), DOUGH (2015)

György Gattyán, András Somkuti, John Goldschmidt, Wolfgang Esenwein

Jonathan Benson, Jez Freedman

Peter Hannan

Michael Ellis

Principal Cast
Jonathan Pryce, Pauline Collins, Jerome Holder

Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of LYNN GOTTLOB.

Community Partners

Anti-Defamation League

Media Partners

Cleveland Jewish News

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