AJFF Playback Documentary Bracket: Final 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. Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz


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.


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.

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