Film festivals continue to transform into virtual festivals, and the (virtual) Jewish Film Festival follows that.
The local festival offers a list of contemporary films from Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Argentina, France and Egypt.
According to Phyllis Wolff, Director of Arts, Culture, and Education at the Great Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque, the festival starts January 31 and runs through February 28. Seven films have yet to be shown. Tickets are available at abqjewishfilmfest.com.
“Every year, the festival seeks to weave a colorful tapestry of the unique Jewish stories that come to us through films from all over the world,” he says. “This mission has not changed, and this group is particularly notable for its diversity in content, themes and countries of origin. The only thing different is that instead of community gathering in theater spaces, we will watch festival movies in safety and comfort. We will meet for follow-up conversations with filmmakers,” roughly, using the platform Zoom. After all, the show must go on. “
Our curators search for films shown at Jewish film festivals around the world to pick a cross section of the best films for Albuquerque fans to enjoy.
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Wolf said it was a daunting task this year because not only had the list of Jewish films evolved greatly, but the quality of films had grown in equal measure.
“Although the task was arduous, it was actually an act of love,” says Wolf.
Each movie has a 72 hour window, so you can watch it from the comfort of your own living room. Tickets include talks with filmmakers about Zoom, right after the show.