The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival kicks off Thursday

The ninth annual Atlantic Jewish Film Festival kicks off in Halifax on Thursday, aiming to educate, enlighten and entertain audiences with a selection of award-winning international films.

Edna LeVine, director of community engagement for the Atlantic Jewish Council, says the festival helps promote connection with Jewish themes through film.

“We try to share unique Jewish stories,” LeVine said. “People can hear Jewish voices from around the world in a way that only movies can.”

Over 50 films were screened for this year’s festival, which were eventually narrowed down to four features and one short.

International films from Germany, France, the United States, Israel and Canada will debut in the Atlantic.

“We are looking for films to be screened at other Jewish film festivals around the world. We try to choose a selection of films that we think will appeal to audiences in Atlantic Canada,” said LeVine.

The festival opens with a crowd-pleasing Hebrew-language comedy called “One More Story,” which will make the theater laugh.

“The Park Lane Cineplex’s opening film is an Israeli romantic comedy,” LeVine said. “It’s very entertaining and we thought it would be a great way to open, especially after the pandemic.”

Montreal-based filmmaker and director Tamás Wormser will present his documentary — “Shalom Putti: A Long Road to Jerusalem” — about a rural village in Uganda that has practiced Judaism for more than a century.

The festival will also welcome several special guests, including Consul General of Israel Paul Hirschson and Consul General of France Johan Schitterer.

Other films include 2021 French drama “Rose,” documentary “Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen,” and Israeli drama “More Than I Deserve.”

“The festival gives us the opportunity to share our values ​​and our culture with each other, as well as with the community at large,” said LeVine.

The festival runs Thursday through Sunday with ticket options for both in-person and virtual screenings.