AJFF Playback Documentaries Week Six 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.

The Rape of Europa vs. Above and Beyond


The Rape of Europa
Dir: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham • Czech Republic • 2006 • 117 mins • English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, with subtitles

After the systematic theft and deliberate destruction of European artwork by the Nazis, extraordinary efforts are made to restore these masterpieces to their rightful owners. For 12 years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic young art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back with an epic campaign to rescue and return many lost, hidden and stolen treasures. Even today, more than 60 years later, this tragic legacy continues to play out as looted collectors recover major works of art, conservators repair battle damage, and nations fight over the fate of ill-gotten spoils of war. The Rape of Europa features never-before-seen footage and photos, the result of exhaustive research of historical, official, and artistic records in Poland, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Washington. Featured at the 2007 AJFF.


Above and Beyond
Dir: Roberta Grossman • USA • 2014 • 87 mins • English, Hebrew, with subtitles

A ragtag band of volunteer airmen mobilizes in the skies above Israel to fight for the fledgling nation's survival in this true story of gallantry and war-time escapades. Barely home from WWII combat, these ace pilots – mostly Jewish-Americans – found themselves compelled to do battle yet again, this time against Arab invaders in defense of an ill-equipped Jewish state. At risk of losing their citizenship and their lives, they smuggled out surplus planes and ammunition, training in secret as they made preparations to rescue Israel from certain annihilation. Relying on a small squadron of rickety aircraft, a handful of young foreign pilots turned the tide of Israel's War of Independence and laid the foundation for the Israeli Air Force. With pluck, humor and chutzpah, these now-aging wingmen colorfully recount their remarkable mission. Featured at the 2015 AJFF.

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