The 8th Annual Atlantic Jewish Film Festival – Virtual Film Screenings

Event Details

All virtual film screenings are available on-demand to anyone in Atlantic Canada from November 18th, 2021 until December 31st, 2021; one viewing per purchase.
Virtual screening tickets are $12.00 per viewing per film screening; $15.39 including fees and taxes.
A virtual film festival package is $40.00; $49.08 including fees and taxes. A virtual film package includes one viewing of all virtual films.
“Greener Pastures”: Dov, a widower, is forced by his family to move to a nursing home – and there’s nothing he can do or say about it. The nursing home feels like a prison, and all Dov can think about is getting out, buy his old house back, and live there “till he dies”. When he notices that all his fellow residents smoke legal medical cannabis, he realizes that weed will be his salvation – selling it, not smoking it. When love, cops, and gangsters come into play, Dov finds himself at a crossroads: Will he risk it all to make his dream come true? Nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film.
Shorts Program: “The Mohel“, “Masel Tov Cocktail“, “Space Torah“, “Pops”
  • About “The Mohel“: James and Lola live in a community without any Mohels (a person who performs the Jewish rite of circumcision), and after celebrating the birth of their son are faced with family expectations and financial strain as they fly one in to perform the Brit Milah – the circumcision ceremony.
  • About “Masel Tov Cocktail“: A ferocious, comic take on modern Jewish life and tropes, encompassing the Shoah and anti-Semitism, and the culture of guilt, ignorance, and selective memory, as told by a Russian-Jewish teen in Germany.
  • About “Space Torah“: In 1996, NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman brought a small Torah scroll on board Space Shuttle Columbia. On Shabbat, while orbiting Earth, he read from the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created heaven and the earth.”. This is a story about inspiration, communities, and a man’s journey. A story of how family, educators, scientific and religious communities achieve great things and bring our identity to new realms.
  • About “Pops”: How would you react if your father’s last wish was a little bit out there? For siblings Roz and Elli, it becomes a battleground for who will determine their pop’s final journey.
Double Feature: “Kingdoms (3 hour-long episodes)” & “In Secret
  • About “Kingdoms“: An intimate look at the Hassidic (a Jewish sect founded in Poland in the 18th century) world through the eyes of its members. Kingdoms tries to shutter the stereotypes, overcome mutual suspicions, and portray the inner story of Hasidism.
  • About “In Secret“: They are everywhere – Ultra-Orthodox Jews. They cannot be identified. Within them there is a struggle between the inner truth and the outside world. How did they become “Anusim” (forced to abandon Judaism against their will)? Why are they and not others? The common line is a basic requirement in Orthodox society. You have to be ‘someone’ to take a step that takes you out of the line you were born into. Anusim are talented people, often with a rebellious personality. Years of research often make us indifferent to human encounters, not in this case.
“Powder Keg”: Based on true events. In an icy cold Europe, people are slowly moving on after the shocking terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. In Copenhagen, the newly released criminal Omar has his own agenda. Meanwhile filmmaker Finn, Jewish watchman Dan and the worn-out action force officer Rico live their various everyday lives unaware of their common destiny. All of them affected by a rapidly changing world while they try to make sense of their own, and too late realize that life changes in an instant, fast and merciless, leaving only one of them left to tell the story about the tragic attack that forever changed the country.
“Adventures of a Mathematician”: The warm-hearted story of Polish immigrant and mathematician Stan Ulam, who moved to the U.S. in the 1930s and worked on the top-secret Manhattan Project. Stan deals with the difficult losses of family and friends all while helping to create the hydrogen bomb and the first computer. Adapted from Ulam’s eponymous autobiography.
“Sublet”: A moving drama on missed opportunities and the need to go forward, “Sublet” is the story of a New York Times travel writer who comes to Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy and finds that the energy of the city and his relationship with a younger man bring him back to life.

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