AJFF Playback Narrative Week Eight 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.

Dough vs. When Do We Eat?


Dir: John Goldschmidt • Hungary, United Kingdom • 2014 • 94 mins • English

Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice, in the British dramedy Dough. Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan (Pryce) is desperate to save his bakery in London's East End. In a pinch, he reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), a refugee from Darfur. The Muslim boy assists with the bakery's daily chores while selling cannabis on the side to help his struggling mother make ends meet. When Ayyash one day accidentally drops his stash into the dough, the challah starts flying off the shelf, and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Directed by John Goldschmidt, Dough is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. Featured at the 2015 AJFF.


When Do We Eat?
Dir: Salvador Litvak • USA • 2005 • 86 mins • English

Michael Lerner, Lesley Ann Warren, and Jack Klugman star in this manic comedy about a disastrously dysfunctional Passover Seder. At the head of the ritual table is Ira Stuckman (Lerner), the family patriarch who owns a Christmas ornament business and brags about running “the world’s fastest Seder.” Perfectionist mom Peggy (Warren) has pitched an elaborate biblical-style tent in the backyard to entice the newly religious son Ethan (Max Greenfield) to join the family for Passover. The rest of the combative bunch includes two daughters – one a sex surrogate (Shiri Appleby), the other a lesbian (Meredith Scott Lynn) with an ax to grind; a sexpot cousin (Mili Avital); rebellious stoner son Zeke (Ben Feldman); youngest son Lionel (Adam Lamberg); grandpa Stuckman (Klugman); and a few other nutty characters. By the end credits, the histrionics have given way to a surprisingly sentimental finale that will leave audiences with a smile. Featured at the 2006 AJFF.

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