2019 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival


Cover of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s program guide (Nicole Cobb/The RamPage)

Nicole Cobb

The 19th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) started on February 6 and continues until February 26 this year. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is a cinematic exploration of the Jewish culture and history of the world. It is one of the largest Jewish film festivals in the world, attracting over 38,000 moviegoers.

The festival was founded in 2000 by the Atlanta Regional Office of American Jewish Committee, a Jewish global advocacy organization that works in combating anti-semitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world and countering the spread of radicalism and extremism. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival continues an active partnership with its founding agency, the American Jewish Committee.

This year’s lineup has 76 feature films and shorts from 24 countries like Slovakia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Australia and, of course, Israel. The 2019 Festival will feature 180 screenings in six different locations across Atlanta: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Regal Atlantic Station, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs, Regal Perimeter Pointe, UA Tara Cinemas and Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium.

“We’re proud to bring audiences a lineup that will not only be exhilarating and entertaining but challenging and compelling,” says Kenny Blank, Executive Director of AJFF. “Our filmgoing experience is shaped by the social and political tides of our time, and certainly this year’s lineup includes films that will provoke audiences to think in new ways and see their world in a new light. From dramas that tug on the heartstrings, to comedies that lift our spirits, and documentaries that both inform and entertain, there is a rewarding and enriching movie experience awaiting audiences of all faiths and backgrounds.”

This year, the AJFF includes a host of internationals films exclusive to the festival. The films are diverse; expect a variety of genres like drama, comedy, romance, horror, documentaries and biographies and a plethora of topics ranging from anti-semitism to the LGBTQ experience.

In addition to the screenings, the 2019 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will include select post-film question and answers conversations with filmmakers, actors, community leaders, academics and other experts, such as actors Nevo Kimchi, Geza Rohrig, and Lena Olin, directors Lisa Dapolito, Avi Nesher, and Shawn Snyder and filmmakers Amanda Sthers, Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman.

The full schedule of films and events is listed online. Tickets are available at AJFF.org, by phone by calling the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Box Office directly at 678-701-6104 or in person at theater venues during festival hours.