The Atlantic Jewish Council has announced eight movies from France, Germany, Israel, and Canada in a hybrid of in-person and virtual screenings for the ninth annual Atlantic Jewish Film Festival (AJFF).
In-person screenings will take place at the Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane (November 17 & 20) and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (November 20). In addition, virtual screenings will be available to anyone in Atlantic Canada from November 17 through November 20.
“You, our audience, have come to expect a diverse range of films at the AJFF. This year’s selection will not disappoint,” say organizers. “Films run the gamut. You’ll find yourselves entertained, challenged, and even enlightened.”
This year’s films include One More Story from Israel. A romantic comedy in Hebrew with English subtitles, it is the story of an ambitious young journalist, Yarden, who is put to the test when her boss, who also happens to be her lover, assigns her to do a story about blind dating in hopes of chasing ratings.
The Canadian film Shalom Putti: A Long Way to Jerusalem will feature filmmaker Tamás Wormser in attendance at Pier 21, followed by this year’s AJFF Gala. This film tells the story of the people of Putti, a village at the foot of Mount Elgon, who are part of the Abayudaya community, Ugandans who’ve practised Judaism for over a century.
The closing night in-person film is the French drama Rose, which tells the story of a widow redefining herself against her family’s wishes.
This year’s virtual films include a sexy rom-com, Love and Mazel Tov from Germany, a clever take on social appropriation and historical guilt, and Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, the 2022 documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the making of the Fiddler on the Roof movie, and More Than I Deserve, a nuanced drama about the plight of immigrants to Israel.
The 9th annual Atlantic Jewish Film Festival runs November 17-20. Visit ajff.ca for tickets and information.