AJFF In Conversation: The Podcast

About the Show

In this bi-weekly podcast series, the voices of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival engage listeners in an entertaining, illuminating and stimulating discussion around a variety of themes and topics rooted in Jewish cinema. Hosted by AJFF’s Sara Glassberg and Brad Pilcher, each episode will feature a special guest, and showcase exemplary films, from past AJFF favorites, to hidden gems, new releases and classics.

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Latest Episodes

  May 26, 2020
Revenge of the Jewish Cinema!
What exactly is the Jewish notion of vengeance, and how has the concept been handled across Jewish media? Has it been portrayed with nuance and complexity, or has it mostly been a means of on-screen violence and exploitation? Explore just how revenge plays out in the 2013 Israeli film Big Bad Wolves, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Amazon Prime's new original series, Hunters.

  May 12, 2020
Am I Allowed to Laugh at This?
Cinema has offered numerous satirical takes on history's darkest chapter, often controversial and sometimes considered in questionable taste. Film scholar Eddy Von Mueller joins AJFF In Conversation podcast hosts Sara and Brad as they grapple with the taboo topic of Holocaust humor, discussing Chaplin's The Great Dictator and Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, among other films.

  April 28, 2020
Matzo at the Movies
What is the relationship between food and the Jewish experience, and how has that relationship been cooked up on the movie screen? What are the quintessential Jewish foods, their role in cinematic stories, and most memorably delicious onscreen representations? Join hosts Sara and Brad, and special guest Shannon Sarna as they explore these questions. There's a LOX to talk about, so you'll definitely want to SCHMEAR this episode!

  April 14, 2020
Movies to Self-Isolate By, Part 2
We’re back with part 2 of our conversation about recommended movies to watch while cooped up flattening the curve. Dr. Matthew Bernstein of Emory University returns to join our hosts Sara and Brad, and you, for a deep dive into some uplifting, inspiring, and maybe even somewhat challenging Jewish movies you should seek out while sequestered at home. They’ll make you laugh, smile, and think. Or at least this episode will.

  April 10, 2020
Movies to Self-Isolate By, Part 1
So, you've finished watching all of Netflix (or so it seems). What are the best Jewish movies that can help pass the time while practicing social distancing? Join hosts Sara and Brad, and special guest Dr. Matthew Bernstein of Emory University, for this first-ever edition of AJFF In Conversation: The Podcast. You’ll hear about some of the most entertaining Jewish movies you should seek out while sequestered at home. From escapist fun to thought-provoking dramas, after listening to this you will have plenty of options!