(Halifax, NS) Due to COVID-19, this year’s Atlantic Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) has made the leap to an online viewing experience.  Movies from Israel, Russia, Brazil and the United States make their Atlantic debut as the Atlantic Jewish Council presents the seventh Atlantic Jewish Film Festival from November 19-22, with ten films screening on the Cineplex Cinemas’ platform, for everyone in Atlantic Canada to access. A Festival Pass is available for $44.99 (plus tax), with General Tickets $10.99 (plus tax). Each film purchased an be viewed once only with an Atlantic IP address. All films can be viewed at your leisure on your own schedule during the five days of the AJFF.

This year’s films range from Fiddler:  A Miracle of Miracles (USA, 2019), the first in-depth documentary about  turning the iconic musical into a film, to The Humorist, Michael Idov’s social satire set in the midst of the collapsing USSR.

AJFF Committee Chair Lynn Rotin commented, “We’ve selected comedies, dramas and documentaries that will sweep you away from present realities.  Now everyone in Atlantic Canada can watch the movies when they want from the comfort of home, and there’s something for every taste.”

The much-anticipated 2020 film version of Judith Kerr’s novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, about a young girl in 1930’s Nazi Germany screens this year, as does Back to Maracana, a comedy-drama about three generations who make a trip to Brazil to attend the World Cup.

Film fans can watch the AJFF films on their TVs, computers, tablets, phones and on Apple TV by creating or logging into their Cineplex account. All the details on how to watch are available on the Festival’s website, www.ajff.ca.

A “bonus” film by Haligonian Lynda Medjuck Suissa can be screened free with any ticket purchase.  Camp Kadimah:  The Story of our Lives, pays tribute to the Jewish communities of Atlantic Canada, who founded the children’s summer camp on the shores of Lake William, Nova Scotia.  

The Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) has been the cornerstone of Jewish life in Atlantic Canada since 1975, acting as the organized Jewish community’s representative and program/service provider for non-religious matters.  The AJC has been a strong voice for Israel and the Canadian Jewish community.  

The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival is supported by the HRM’s Regional Event grant, The Azrieli Foundation and many private donors and sponsors.

Peggy Walt (902) 422-5403, peggy@culturalaffairs.ca, (902) 476-1096 (cell)
FIDDLER:  A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES  (English) Documentary
USA, 2019
DIVORCE DENIED (Hebrew with English subtitles) Documentary
Israel, 2019
A JEW WALKS INTO A BAR  (English) Documentary short
USA, 2018
ART OF WAITING  (Hebrew with English subtitles) Romantic drama/comedy
Israel, 2019
BACK TO MARACANA (Hebrew and Portuguese with English subtitles), Family drama/comedy
Brazil, Israel, 2019
MY WAR HERO UNCLE (Hebrew with English subtitles) Debut documentary
Israel, 2018
DEAR GOD  (Hebrew with English subtitles) Short/Romantic drama
Israel, 2014
THE HUMORIST (Russian with English subtitles) Drama/social satire
Russia, Latvia, Czech Republic, 2019
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (German with English subtitles), Drama
Adapted from Judith Kerr’s semi-autobiography
Germany, Switzerland, 2020
Canada, 2019
AJFF.ca for more details/information and to book tickets