Learn, Grow and Join a Conversation at the Boston Jewish Film Festival
There has long existed an undeniable kinship between film and the Jewish community. This culture avidly participates in the film industry and has demonstrated a plethora of cinematic talents, which makes clear that there’s much to look forward to at this year’s Boston Jewish Film Festival. Aiming to celebrate Jewish experience and community through the art of film, this gathering is a great opportunity for viewers to connect intellectually and emotionally with this ancient culture.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival will take place from November 5-17th at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in Brookline, MA. This classic and regal cinema is a Boston favorite, and despite being technically outside of the city, Coolidge Corner and Brookline have long been considered part of the Boston, as well as one of the most aesthetically unique and quaint neighborhoods in Greater Boston. Just a short, 15-minute ride on the T from the Boxer, this festival will definitely be worth stopping by for anybody in the area.
The festival opens with a film called Run Boy Run, which follows the path of a 9-year-old boy fleeing the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust ridden year of 1942. The young man struggles with the realities of survivalism, war, murder and bravery in this extraordinary picture. With dozens of movies scheduled to be shown, the breadth of submission and talented participation at this festival guarantees some exciting and thought-provoking screenings.
Filmmaker Michal Goldman founded the festival in 1989 and the size of the event has grown nearly five times since its inception. Having screened over 1,000 films in that timespan, there’s clearly an attention to good work and a call for more. This neat, off the beaten path, showcase of artistic and cultural passion is absolutely worth checking out. With Oscar winning films like The Pianist with Adrien Brody having previously been screened at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, you never know what kind of major hit you’ll walk into.