AJFF Playback Documentaries Week Two 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. Strange Fruit


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.


Strange Fruit
Dir: Joel Katz • USA • 2001 • 57 mins • English

Exploring the history and legacy of the protest song, this harrowing portrayal of America's troubled past brings viewers face-to-face with the terrors of racial violence while spotlighting those who fought for equality. Sprung from the pen of a Bronx Jewish schoolteacher, the song "Strange Fruit" is best known from Billie Holiday's haunting 1939 rendition. The melancholic melody and disturbing lyrics chillingly describe lynchings in the American South. Featuring powerful musical performances, director Joel Katz masterfully weaves together the interplay between Jewish songwriters, Black music, and the Civil Rights movement. Featured at the 2003 AJFF.

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