The 18th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) returns Jan. 24 for 23 days of movies.
More than 70 narratives and documentaries representing more than 25 countries are on the roster. Tickets go on sale Jan. 17 via AJFF.org, where you can also see the full list of films.
“These are not your typical Hollywood films, where many times you have a predictable ending or know the director. While we do show all genres that moviegoers come to love through commercial films, part of the delight of AJFF is the unexpected, the surprise elements, and buying into an experience and enduring this journey not knowing exactly where it will take you,” said Kenny Blank, executive director of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
Some of the movies include “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” and “The Cakemaker,” both of which received multiple awards at previous festivals; “An Act of Defiance,” where Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde explores Nelson Mandela and the segregation era of South Africa; a 25th anniversary screening of “Schindler’s List;” and for the holiday season, the musical “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas.” Screenings will include discussions and the chances to socialize with filmmakers, celebrity guests, community leaders, and other experts.
Blank added, “This experience is so different from the conventional festivals; we are diving into the subject matter of these films because, for our audience, the subject matter is just as important as the film artistry. We get into many important topics, timely issues, and current and historical events that need some unpacking and exploration, and perhaps further expertise and context. Just as often as we have filmmakers engaged in the Q&A’s, we also have academics of authors that have written on the subject who bring further perspective.”