STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Entertain, educate and engage.
That’s the aim of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Gershman Y.
What makes the festival unique?
The festival prides itself on “films that highlight the diversity and commonality of the human experience” and “a welcoming environment that encourages audience members with different perspectives and ideologies to share their views and engage in stimulating discussion,” according to the PJFF website.
What are the movies about?
There’s a profile of Susan Sontag — an important figure in the women’s rights movement, one on the guys that started Nathan’s Famous frankfurters, one about anti-Semitism in France, another about the Jewish involvement in the March on Washington, and more.
When does it start?
PJFF is held through Nov. 16. Even after closing night festivities Nov. 15, there’s still one more day. For the complete schedule, call (215) 545-4400 or check www.pjff.org.
Will it just be at the Gershman Y?
Located at 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, it’s the main venue, but not the only venue. Films will also be shown at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Temple Sinai in Dresher, Hiway Theatre in Jenkintown, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Ritz East, International House and the Kimmel Center.
Are there ticket packages available?
An all-festival pass is $220. See any five films for $55. General admission tickets are $12, $11 for seniors, $7 for students. Group rates are available.
What special programming will there be?
The “Thursday Lunchbox Doc” on Nov. 13 features “The Lady in Number 6,” lunch and piano concert. Advance tickets of $25 are recommended.
Closing night Nov. 15 will feature “Above and Beyond” at 7:15 p.m. at the Kimmel Center and a party in Hamilton Hall. Tickets are $20 and you have to get them at (215) 893-1999.
There’s also a chance to hang out with Tribeca Film Festival-winner “Zero Motivation”’s director Talya Lavie Nov. 13.