The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival continues its 32nd Season with its acclaimed Documentaries & Dialogue Series, screening documentary films from the UK, Israel, Austria, Germany and the United States.
Five Philadelphia premiere screenings will highlight the best of independent Jewish Documentary Cinema today starting with a special Opening Night, Monday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m.
This season, above and beyond those movies, audiences can look forward to additional event features like pre-film shorts, a vodka tasting and a performance by the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
Films to anticipate:
How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire: Prince Music Theater, Monday, January 7, 7:30 p.m. — Opening Night!
London filmmaker Dan Edelstyn takes us on a whimsical journey through his Jewish family’s Ukrainian past, and his attempts to revitalize the struggling vodka distillery to which he is heir. The movie is followed by a post-screening vodka tasting with Directors Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell.
Soldier/Citizen: Gershman Y, Monday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.
This gritty Israeli documentary follows a group of soldiers studying for their civics test to attain their high school diplomas. It received a special mention at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
Joe Papp In Five Acts: Gershman Y, Monday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
From Hair to A Chorus Line, Joe Papp influenced several revolutions in modern American theater. Punctuated by vintage footage of legendary performances, this fascinating doc is a must-see. The event includes a live performance by the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
Check out the rest of the schedule, and get tickets, online.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s Documentaries & Dialogue Series
When: January 7-February 4, Monday nights, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street; Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost: Varies based on event
More info: www.pjff.org