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Atlanta Festival Asks, ‘What Is A Jewish Film?’

Hani Furstenberg stars in the film "The Golem," one of the movies that will be shown during the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which begins Feb. 6.
Hani Furstenberg stars in the film "The Golem," one of the movies that will be shown during the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which begins Feb. 6.
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The guide to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival opens with a welcome letter, which begins with a question: “What is a Jewish film?”

That letter is co-signed by the AJFF’s board president and executive director Max Leventhal and Kenny Blank, as well as festival chair Brennan Dicker.

“There is no one definitive answer,” Levinthal tells “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, “and that’s the beauty of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. That everyone brings their own perspective to that.”

The tagline for this year’s festival is “See the World on Film.” The program boasts 76 films and shorts, representing 24 countries across the diaspora, and includes films from all genres, including comedy, documentary and horror.

“As far as we’re concerned, Jewish film is for everyone because these are universal stories, global stories,” Blank says.

The festival begins with an opening night gala and a screening of the movie “Shoelaces” at the Cobb Energy Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 6. This kicks off 21 days of screenings across six venues around the city.

The full schedule can be found on the festival’s website.