At this time of unrest in our community, Boston Jewish Film is bringing people together around the 35th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, starting this Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The festival features in-person screenings at multiple venues throughout the Greater Boston area from Nov. 1-12, including six fiction features, six feature documentaries, and two shorts programs, as well as some programs streamed virtually Nov. 13-15.
“We are proud to present an array of independent, international films at this year’s festival, spanning fictional and historic topics,” said executive director of Boston Jewish Film Susan Adler. “We’re looking forward to bringing the community together during these challenging times through engaging screenings and lively conversations with visiting filmmakers and guests. There’s something for everyone in this year’s lineup.”
Here is a sampling of the documentaries, fiction, and short films that will be screening during the Festival:
“Finding Light”: The creation of choreographer Stephen Mills’ Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, “Finding Light” offers a lesson on how art and dance can combat hate, based on the life of Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren. It will be screening on Saturday, Nov. 11, at West Newton Cinema at 7 p.m.
“I Like Movies”: A Massachusetts premiere, the fiction feature film “I Like Movies” is a quirky coming-of-age story about Lawrence Kweller, a 17-year-old Canadian cinephile who dreams of attending NYU film school, takes a job at a video store, and grapples with teenage angst. It will screen at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m.
“Queen of the Deuce”: From pre-World War II Greece to her meteoric rise in the 1970s Times Square adult film circuit, this film, screening at the JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, documents the story of trailblazing entrepreneur and unconventional matriarch Chelly Wilson.
FreshFlix Shorts Program: FreshFlix, the festival’s 13th annual celebration of next-generation Jewish filmmakers from across the globe, features six short films from the U.S., Israel, and France and will be screening at the Brattle Theatre at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2.
All-Access Festival Passes ($360) and individual tickets ($15) for screenings are now available on Boston Jewish Film’s website at bostonjfilm.org.
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