The 16th annual Rochester International Jewish Film Festival is underway. It began on Sunday and runs through next Monday.
It includes a total of 26 films, as well as three visiting filmmakers for post-film discussions, along with musical performances and other activities.
The director of the festival, Lori Harter of the JCC, says the film fest does promote the work of Jewish filmmakers, but the themes these movies cover are really universal.
“All of our films cover a wide array of topics from romance to family to comedy, narratives, biographies, documentaries, so we really want to cast a very wide net to bring films that interest everybody.”
Harter says these films include topics that involve history and social justice.
“We want to promote awareness and pride and the diversity of all people and mostly we want to strengthen community and bring people together to enjoy film. And we know that movies and film are a great way to not only promote culture but also to create community.”
The films are being shown at The Little Theatre, the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum, and at the JCC.
You can get more information at www.rjff.org