AJFF What to Watch in May


A recent AJFF thriller, star-studded dramas, and a look at America's largest retirement community, make up this month's picks. Film titles are linked with information on where to watch or purchase.

Video on Demand

The Debt
This 2010 film is a remake of a 2007 alternate history film, Ha-Hov. The story centers around former Mossad agents who must re-visit a former mission, involving the capture of a Nazi war criminal known as the Surgeon of Birkenau. Part of the film's suspense lives in the story's parallel track, unfolding both in the past and present. The remake stars powerhouse female leads Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren.

Based on the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the film caputures the true story of the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and heroics of a committed group of Israelis, Palestinians and one dedicated Norwegian couple, that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Starring Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott and directed by Bartlett Sher.

Some Kind of Heaven
First-time feature director Lance Oppenheim unveils a new look at The Villages, America’s largest retirement community—a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. This documentary shed new light on the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper—who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. The candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.

And Tomorrow the Entire World
This German-French political drama, directed by Julia von Heinz, premiered in competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. The film follows Luisa, a 20-year-old student, who joins Antifa to oppose a rising neo-Nazi movement but winds up clashing with her friends over whether violence is a legitimate political answer to fascism.

The Vigil
Featured recently at the 2021 AJFF, this narrative follows a lapsed Orthodox Jew tasked with keeping watch over the dead, and who is confronted by a malevolent supernatural force. This hair-raising chiller is set within Brooklyn’s Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood.

Blu-Ray & DVD

This biographical drama, directed by Bob Fosse, centers on Jewish comedian, social critic, and satirist, Lenny Bruce, and stars Dustin Hoffman. The screenplay by Julian Barry is based on his play of the same name. The critically acclaimed film follows Bruce through the highs and lows of his career as well as his personal frustrations.