AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in August


A former AJFF Selects, a new film based on a best-selling novel, classics and more populate this month's picks. 

In Theatres 

Spike Lee's latest film, and one of his most aclaimed in years, tells the true story of how a black police detective, Ron Stallworth, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan during the 1970s. Adam Driver co-stars as his Jewish partner on the force, who helps pull off the undercover operation by "standing in" as Stallworth at Klan meetings and rallies.

The Big Lebowski
You could stick to the Jewish supercut of Walter Sobchak's best moments; but we encourage you to see the entire Coen brothers film about mistaken identity back on the big screen for its 20th anniversary, as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics. The event will also feature exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. 

Operation Finale
Based on a true story, the film, with a cast helmed by Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, takes place in 1960 as Mossad agent Peter Malkin embarks on a covert mission to track down Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi mastermind behind the transportation logistics that brought millions of Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust.

Video on Demand

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 
Based on the 2008 bestseller of the same name, the film follows Juliet (Lily James), a free-spirited writer, who receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Upon visting the island, her life is indelibly changed forever. 

Though the Jewish throughline of the film is clearly up for some debate, there is no denying the brilliance of Geoffrey Rush in his Academy Award-winning role portraying the child piano prodigy pianist, David Helfgott. Rush and Helfgott recently reunited in 2016 to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary

DVD & Blu-Ray

We're delighted to see the continued reach and success of this former AJFF Selects film featuring an intimate portrait of the diminutive, boundary-shattering Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.