Drama, romance, suspense and true-life stories are all part of the lineup for the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, running November 5-19.
This popular annual event brings in an international array of independent films that explore Jewish values, history and culture.
Selections for the fall line-up include the opening night’s My Best Enemy (Mein Bester Feind) an action-packed thriller full of twists and turns; Restoration (Boker Tov Adon Fidelman), a moving family drama that has garnered numerous awards, including Best Script at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; and more.
There are eye-opening documentaries, too, including Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story, about a heroic man whose escapades include dealing with mobsters and embarking on secret missions during the Israeli War for Independence; and Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, a chronicle of the Jewish legacy in baseball, which is not commonly known, but is sure to be a big hit.
Several of the screenings include post-show discussions with actors, directors and others who can add insights about the flicks. So hang around after the lights go up.
Browse the full schedule, and buy tickets, here.
Student bonus: the festival offers FREE admission to student groups (must be a part of a class and present IDs at the box office) for many of its films.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Where: Various theaters throughout the city and suburbs
When: November 5-19
More info: www.thegershmany.org