AJFF Playback Narrative Week One 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.

Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger vs. Turn Left at the End of the World


Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger
Dir: Cathy Randall • Australia • 2008 • 103 mins • English

A quirky and intelligent comedy about the unending quest for self-acceptance, Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger follows the life trials of a nerdy Australian teen. Scorned by her classmates at her snooty private school, and an afterthought in her dysfunctional Jewish home, Esther is an outcast in her own world. But life turns a corner when she strikes up a friendship with a rebellious public school student, Sunni and her hip single mother (Oscar-nominated actresses Keisha-Castle Hughes and Toni Collette). Audacious humor gives way to a more melancholy tone, as the film grapples with adolescence and adversity in blunt and bittersweet terms. An experience to be shared by mature teens and adults alike, Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger invites audiences to embrace the wonderful weirdness of being true to yourself. Featured at the 2009 AJFF.


Turn Left at the End of the World
Dir: Avi Nesher • France, Israel • 2004 • 111 mins • English, French, Hebrew, with subtitles

Among Israel's highest-grossing films of all time, Turn Left at the End of the World travels back to 1969, where two immigrant families become unlikely neighbors in a tiny village in the middle of the Israeli desert. One family is from Morocco, the other from India. Apart from the dream of a new life and the raw deal given to them by the Israeli government, they have nothing in common. Obliged to live side by side, they become embroiled in a culture war, flexing their muscles and trying to assert their identity. Both cling to their imperial traditions and try to impose them on the other. Only Sara (Liraz Charhi) and Nicole (Garti Netta) break through the resentments to forge a bond of friendship. Charming and comical, Turn Left at the End of the World ultimately explores the complex tensions among immigrant families in a profoundly divided country. Featured at the 2005 AJFF.

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