AJFF Connects: Yentl


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, in partnership with the LGBTQ resource organization SOJOURN, is pleased to present a special screening of Yentl, the classic 1983 musical drama directed by and starring Barbra Streisand. Challenging the traditional norms of the time, the eponymous Yentl represents a fascinating character through which to explore contemporary issues of human sexuality and gender identity.

This screening event, also marking the 35th anniversary of Yentl, is part of AJFF Connects, a year-round programming initiative that uses the power of film to build bridges of understanding and spark dialogue with diverse audiences.

SOJOURN, the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity, is a resource for Jewish and LGBTQ programming, education, support and advocacy across the South.

Join AJFF and SOJOURN at The Phillip Rush Center on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 PM for snacks and entertainment, with the film beginning at 6:30 PM. A facilitated conversation surrounding the film’s themes will follow.

Capacity is limited. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations are welcome at the event.

About the Film:

Barbra Streisand’s magnum opus based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story, Yentl tells the story of a girl who defies tradition by disguising herself as a boy in order to pursue her passion for studying the Torah. A dream project since she first optioned the story in 1968, Barbra Streisand takes center stage as filmmaker, actress, co-writer and co-producer.

Yentl is a Jewish girl who secretly studies the Talmud in early 1900s Eastern Europe. When her father dies, she disguises herself as a boy in order to receive an education. Studying among the Orthodox rabbis and yeshiva scholars, she falls in love with a fellow student (Mandy Patinkin), who is already engaged to a charming young woman (Amy Irving). A love triangle is formed as each character struggles with the truth of who they are and the roles they are meant to play.

Yentl explores themes of religious boundaries, feminism, and gender roles, brought to life by a lush Academy Award-winning score and Streisand’s impressive directorial debut, making her the first woman to receive a Golden Globe for Best Director.

About AJFF Connects

AJFF Connects presents new and encore film programming events that build bridges, foster dialogue, and bring together community partners throughout the year.