AJFF Playback Documentaries Week Five 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.

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz vs. Raise the Roof


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.


Raise the Roof
Dir: Cary Wolinsky, Yari Wolinsky • USA • 2014 • 84 mins • English, Polish, with subtitles

An international team chases an improbable dream to reconstruct one of the magnificent lost wooden synagogues of Poland. Originating in the small 18th-century town of Gwozdziec, these architectural marvels featured complex log structures elaborately adorned with Hebrew inscriptions and brightly painted animals. Eventually, more than 200 of these unique wooden synagogues dotted the countryside, until the Nazis burned every last one to the ground. Two former University of Georgia students masterminded a remarkable effort to rebuild this architectural wonder, recruiting hundreds of craftsmen, students, and other volunteers to their cause. Employing old tools and artisanal techniques, the team sets about recreating the synagogue's timber-framed roof and intricate mural designs. Raise the Roof is an inspiring story of how combined talents in art and science brought back to life an artifact lost to history. Featured at the 2015 AJFF.

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