AJFF Playback Documentaries Week Eleven Results

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s 20th anniversary season continues online with an interactive film contest. We invite you, our loyal audience, to cast a vote for your favorite films from our festival vault, and help determine which will claim the title of “2020 AJFF Playback Winner" in the categories of short, documentary, and narrative.

Paper Clips vs. Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story


Paper Clips
Dir: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab • USA • 2003 • 52 mins • English

In this inspiring story of Holocaust education, a rural Tennessee town undergoes a transformative experience as students seek to grasp the meaning of six million lives lost. In 1998, faculty and administrators at a middle school in Whitwell, Tennessee began a Holocaust studies class that would not only change their community, but spark a movement that gained international attention. As part of a class assignment intended to teach tolerance, students embarked on a project to collect paper clips to represent the victims of the Holocaust and the crimes against humanity. The simplicity of their plan and dedication to achieving their goals resulted in a profound lesson in historical and cross-cultural understanding. Featured at the 2004 AJFF.


Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story
Dir: Scott Goldstein • USA • 2008 • 98 mins • English

This previously untold story of an American hero chronicles the endlessly surprising life of the charismatic newspaperman, Vegas icon and real-life Zelig. Hank Greenspun's epic journey from associate of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel to maverick founder of the Las Vegas Sun features a colorful cast of characters including high-rolling businessmen and gangsters, movie stars, politicians, family, and wheeler-dealer friends. Following Siegel's murder in 1947, the crusading Greenspun rediscovered his Jewish heritage and became a prominent guerrilla figure in Israeli politics and gun smuggling. Director Scott Goldstein combines archival stills, illuminating interviews, rare diary entries read by Anthony Hopkins, and atmospheric music to create a spirited, stylized mosaic of Greenspun's legendary escapades. Featured at the 2010 AJFF.

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz vs. Crime After Crime


Prosecuting Evil:
The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

Dir: Barry Avrich • Canada • 2018 • 83 mins • English, with subtitles

This riveting and affecting anthem to a human rights pioneer profiles the diminutive, unsung hero who put mass-murdering Nazis on trial at Nuremberg. Born in Transylvania before his family fled to the US, Ferencz grew up in a tough New York City neighborhood, persevering as a gifted law student, then enlisting in the Army in WWII. At 27, he was thrust upon the world stage as Chief Prosecutor in the historic Nuremberg Trials, history's biggest murder case. His crusade for a new justice system based on tolerance and compassion led to the formation of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. With a vivid memory and tenacious personality, the vital nonagenarian and last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, reflects on his life and career in his own powerful words. Featured at the 2019 AJFF.


Crime After Crime
Dir: Yoav Potash • USA • 2010 • 87 mins • English

Rookie lawyers battle to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence in Crime After Crime, a riveting California case that made national headlines. Debbie Peagler was imprisoned in connection with the murder of a man who abused her and her daughters. The story takes an unexpected turn when a pair of attorneys with no background in criminal law volunteers to take her case, exposing judicial misconduct that could result in Peagler's release. Attorney Joshua Safran, an Orthodox Jew, draws inspiration from religious tradition, while his partner, Nadia Costa brings enduring stamina as an ultra-marathon runner. Crime After Crime raises a banner on behalf of battered women and Jewish values of social justice. Featured at the 2011 AJFF.

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