The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), celebrating its 20th year, opens Monday, Feb. 10th and runs through Thursday, Feb 27th.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is a showcase of international cinema that broadly explores themes of identity, history and culture. The annual festival was founded in the year 2000 by the Atlanta Regional Office of American Jewish Committee (AJC) and in 2015 became the largest Jewish film festival in the world.
The great thing about the AJFF is that it isn’t in just one location. Besides the AJFF anchor location at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, the festival will run films at Regal Perimeter Pointe, UA Tara Cinemas, The Plaza Theatre, Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as well as the opening-night celebration at the Cobb Energy Centre and the always popular Young Professional Night at the Woodruff Arts Center.
Opening night on Monday , Feb. 10th at the Cobb Energy Centre is the World Premiere of Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance with special musical guest Peter Yarrow.
The festival includes 48 feature films and 16 short films from around the world. The lineup includes dramas, comedies and documentaries, with subjects that will explore and capture a wide range of subjects. Highlights include Abe, a lighthearted ‘dramedy’ featuring Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp, After Class, a drama staring Justin Long, the documentary Alan Pakula: Going for Truth about the legendary filmmaker who brought us Sophie’s Choice and a selection of classic films including Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and the ground-breaking drama Exodus. Many of the films include featured guests including filmmakers, actors, academics and experts who are on hand to give firsthand insights into the films and their subjects.
The closing night celebration at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 27th will feature the documentary Saul & Ruby, To Life! about a duo of Holocaust survivors who through their music travel around retirement centers of Florida bringing their story of survival and hope. The two stars of the film, Saul Dreier and Ruby Sosnowicz will be in attendance.
For more information on the festival, venue locations and tickets, go to: www.ajff.org