Atlanta Jewish Film Festival On Campus 2018
2018 AJFF ON CAMPUS LINEUP
SPAIN, ARGENTINA, PORTUGAL, UNITED KINGDOM • 2004 • 85 MINS • SPANISH, HEBREW, ARABIC, ENGLISH, WITH SUBTITLES
Family dysfunction breeds hijinks and hilarity when a Jewish-Palestinian couple comes home to meet the parents in ONLY HUMAN, a gloriously irreverent Spanish screwball comedy in the tradition of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Leni (Marián Aguilera), a television news reporter, has returned to her home in Madrid to introduce her parents to her Palestinian fiancé, Rafi (Guillermo Toledo). At first, the couple tries to hide Rafi's cultural identity from her kooky family, but in due time it comes out. Complications quickly escalate, and the rising tensions threaten to split Leni and Rafi apart. Will love triumph amid the larger politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
With excellent performances from an ensemble cast, including Argentine film star Norma Aleandro as Leni's mother, ONLY HUMAN brilliantly reworks an age-old story of cultural divides with a modern twist reflecting some of today's most salient geopolitical and social issues.
BELGIUM, FRANCE• 2016 • 94 MINS • FRENCH, WITH SUBTITLES
A brave, resourceful young girl leads a small band of orphans through Nazi-occupied France in FANNY’S JOURNEY, a coming-of-age drama bristling with suspense and poignancy.
Following the arrest of their father in Paris, Fanny and her younger sisters Erika and Georgette are sent to a boarding school in France’s neutral zone. Their safe haven is only temporary however, and the Jewish students are whisked away to another institution where they come under the care of the tough but tender Madame Forman (César-winning actress Cécile de France). As danger advances yet again, the children’s fate is entrusted to 13-year-old Fanny who fearlessly treks through the countryside on a perilous mission to reach the Swiss border, with only wits and solidarity to guide her. Joined by an ensemble of talented child actors, newcomer Léonie Souchaud shines in the titular role of Fanny. Filmmaker Lola Doillon’s handsome production is further bolstered by impressive period details and fine camerawork.An old-fashioned family entertainment that brings history alive for the next generation, FANNY’S JOURNEY is based on an autobiographical novel by Fanny Ben-Ami.
FRANCE• 2015 • 90 MINS • FRENCH, WITH SUBTITLES
The art of legislative deal-making becomes riveting political drama in THE LAW, the true story of France’s tenacious health minister and her groundbreaking struggle to legalize abortion.
César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos delivers a smoldering performance as Simone Veil, the French lawyer and politician who survived the Holocaust to emerge as a champion of women’s rights. Appointed health minister in 1974 by Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (Michaël Cohen), she faces strong opposition from the Catholic Church and her own factionalized party in pushing landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion in France and end dangerous back-alley procedures. With just a few days to debate the issue before a final vote, anti-abortion activists launch a craven campaign of stinging personal and anti-Semitic attacks. As the unflappable Veil and her allies maneuver around the religious and moral minefields, events are closely chronicled by a crusading photo-journalist (Flore Bonaventura) who is waging her own feminist fight for recognition.
Portending the emotionally charged battle over reproductive rights that continues to this day, THE LAW unspools backroom negotiations and parliamentarian maneuverings with briskly-paced direction and stylish production design.
Emory University • White Hall 208
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8:30 PM
UNITED KINGDOM • 2015 • 92 MINS • ENGLISH, GERMAN, WITH SUBTITLES
The descendants of Nazi war criminals confront the wartime sins of their fathers in this bracing and illuminating examination of inherited family shame and denial.
WHAT OUR FATHERS DID: A NAZI LEGACY is winner of the Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Best Feature at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.Winner of the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival The Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award, Best Feature.
USA• 2015 • 92 MINS • ENGLISH, SPANISH, WITH SUBTITLES
Historical events and government policies threaten an iconic neighborhood in EAST LA INTERCHANGE, an affecting, powerful examination of gentrification and the implications for shifting U.S. demographics.
The oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights for decades was proudly multi-ethnic, where working-class families of Jewish, Latino, Russian, Japanese and African-Americans descent melded into a vibrant tapestry of shared ideals. This idyllic existence was shattered by Japanese internment camps in WWII, racially restrictive housing laws, and construction of North America’s largest freeway system. Residents and activists reveal Boyle Heights’ metamorphosis from a close-knit community of distinct groups, to a landscape of institutional and structural blockades. By humanizing a story of activists fighting suburban homogeneity, documentarian Betsy Kalin uses Boyle Heights as a microcosm for Americans everywhere, who are affected by discriminatory public practices and city planning run amok.EAST LA INTERCHANGE is a cautionary tale of the promise and peril of American progress, a call for reform, and a celebration of a rich multi-ethnic legacy. Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the New Urbanism Film Festival.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 8:00 PM