Tickets on Sale for Audience Award Screenings

03/9/2015

Join us on Sunday, March 22 at GTC Merchants Walk for your last chance to see audience favorites from the 15th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 

Best Short, A Good Story
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An elderly woman deeply covets a broken jug in an antiques store near the German-Polish border. Raindance Film Festival Best Short prize-winner.


Best Narrative, Apples from the Desert
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The rebellious teenage daughter of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents journeys into the secular world in APPLES FROM THE DESERT, an adaptation of the award-winning Israeli play that poignantly explores themes of love and reconciliation.

Rebecca Abravanel (a radiant Moran Rosenblatt) is an only child, living a cloistered existence with her strictly religious Sephardic parents in Jerusalem. Unhappy with the restrictive traditions of home and community, she secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik Dooby (the acting debut of Israeli singer and guitarist Elisha Banai). Suspicious and angry in the face of Rebecca’s growing acts of rebellion, her strict father (Shlomi Koriat) reacts by setting in motion a prearranged marriage to an older widower with children of his own. Rebecca’s mother (Reymond Amsalem) and aunt (Irit Kaplan) are appalled, but dare not defy the authoritarian man of the household. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and one another.

Nominated for three Israeli Academy Awards, APPLES FROM THE DESERT is a timeless and moving tale of tradition versus modernity.


Best Documentary, Above and Beyond
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A ragtag band of volunteer airmen mobilizes in the skies above Israel to fight for the fledgling nation’s survival in ABOVE AND BEYOND.

Barely home from WWII combat, these ace pilots – mostly Jewish- Americans – found themselves compelled to do battle yet again, this time against Arab invaders in defense of an ill-equipped Jewish state. At risk of losing their citizenship and their lives, they smuggled out surplus planes and ammunition, training in secret as they made preparations to rescue Israel from certain annihilation. Relying on a small squadron of rickety aircraft, a handful of young foreign pilots turned the tide of Israel’s War of Independence, and laid the foundation for the Israeli Air Force. With pluck, humor and chutzpah, these now-aging wingmen colorfully recount their remarkable mission. Other interviews include family descendants, scholars, Israeli President Shimon Perez, and actor Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) whose father flew sorties against an advancing Iraqi army. Testimonies are enhanced by dazzling aerial dogfights recreated by George Lucas's special effects shop Industrial Light & Magic.

Directed by Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie) and produced by Nancy Spielberg, ABOVE AND BEYOND is the first film to present the true story behind this gallant and daring wartime escapade.