AJFF Playback Documentaries Week Nine 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.

I Have Never Forgotten You vs. Paper Clips

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I Have Never Forgotten You
Dir: Richard Trank • USA • 2007 • 105 mins • English, German, with subtitles

A comprehensive look at the life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal, the famed Nazi hunter and humanitarian. After barely surviving the concentration camp horrors and loss of nearly his entire family, Wiesenthal dedicates his life to tracking down and prosecuting more than 1,000 fugitive Nazis in the name of “justice, not vengeance.” Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman, this intimate documentary features interviews with longtime Wiesenthal associates, government leaders from around the world, plus friends and family members. Featured at the 2008 AJFF.

 

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.


39 Pounds of Love vs. Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story

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39 Pounds of Love
Dir: Dani Menkin • USA • 2005 • 74 mins • English, Hebrew, Spanish, with subtitles

This poignant and inspiring story profiles an extraordinary Israeli man who redefines the word "survivor." Diagnosed with a dangerous and severe form of muscular dystrophy, doctors predicted Ami Ankilewitz would never survive childhood. Now the 34-years-old, weighing a shocking 39 pounds and paralyzed except for one finger, defies his extreme physical limitations to carry on a life of vitality in Tel Aviv, working from his wheelchair as a computer animator. Further testing his fragile health, Ami travels to the United States, for a cross-country road trip with friends. The film follows the emotional odyssey in which he confronts painful chapters of his past, while also fulfilling the dreams of a lifetime. Shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, this portrait of sheer determination is unflinching and inspirational as Ami himself. Featured at the 2006 AJFF.

 

Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story
Dir: Scott Goldstein • USA • 2008 • 98 mins • English

This previously untold story of an American hero chronicles the endlessly surprising life of the charismatic newspaperman, Vegas icon and real-life Zelig. Hank Greenspun's epic journey from associate of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel to maverick founder of the Las Vegas Sun features a colorful cast of characters including high-rolling businessmen and gangsters, movie stars, politicians, family, and wheeler-dealer friends. Following Siegel's murder in 1947, the crusading Greenspun rediscovered his Jewish heritage and became a prominent guerrilla figure in Israeli politics and gun smuggling. Director Scott Goldstein combines archival stills, illuminating interviews, rare diary entries read by Anthony Hopkins, and atmospheric music to create a spirited, stylized mosaic of Greenspun's legendary escapades. Featured at the 2010 AJFF.


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