The 15th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival kicks off in just a couple of weeks, and with the vast lineup of movies to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The festival was founded back in the fall of 2000 after more than two years of planning by a team of staff and volunteers of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The mission of the festival was to use the power of storytelling in film to nurture pluralism and to build bridges of understanding within the Jewish community and throughout the city of Atlanta.
This year offers two events for the younger, Generation Y audience: The Gen-Y Night on Thursday, Jan. 29 featuring the film 24 Days, as well as the Art Party presented with Creative Loafing on Saturday, Feb. 7.
24 Days is a powerful white-knuckle thriller about the kidnapping and torture of a young French-Moroccan Jew, and the harrowing ordeal of his family. It was the winner of the Jewish Experience Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival and raises troubling questions about the state of anti-Semitism and race relations in France today. The screening on Thursday, Jan. 29 at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station will be preceded by a pre-film cocktail reception at STRIP, across the street from the theater.
Tickets for the Gen-Y Night are $18 and include entry to the cocktail party and film screening. The cocktail reception is at 6pm, film is at 8pm.