The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Returns With Feature Films, Short Films And Special Events, Through November 16

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The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival returns to venues across the city with films about the Jewish experience, through November 16. (Photo courtesy International House Philadelphia)

The Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival returns for another year of feature and short films.

The festival officially kicked off on Saturday, November 1, but will continue through next Sunday, November 16 with screenings of films that spotlight the Jewish experience, Jewish culture and values.

Throughout the film festival, movie-goers can look forward to 16 feature-length films, documentaries and seven short films from nine different countries.

A variety of works will make up the festival — films about significant moments in history, like Jewish involvement in the March on Washington, films about Jewish-owned influential food establishments and films inspired by literary works.

On the final day of the film festival, the National Museum of American Jewish History will screen Famous Nathan, a documentary about Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and the family’s Jewish-American experience. The film’s director and grandson of Nathan, Lloyd Handwerker, will be in attendance.

The official closing event will be a screening of Above and Beyond, a film about a group of World War II pilots who fought for Israel in the War of Independence. The group of pilots helped establish the Israeli Air Force, too.

Click here to check out the full film lineup.

Films are slated to be shown all over the city and countryside. Participating venues include International House Philadelphia, the Ritz East, Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Gershman Y. The full list of films and their venue is available here.

Tickets for individual films are $12 for general admission, $11 for seniors and $7 for students. Ticket prices vary for special events like the closing night film and closing night party. Tickets are available online.

Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
When: Through November 16
Where: Various locations
Cost: $12, general admission; $11, seniors; $7, students
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