AJFF Films Recommendation List – Austin Jewish Film Festival

AJFF Films Recommendation List

Our list of past film recommendations since March 13, 2020 is organized alphabetically and accessible on the following pages:

Film Poster Film Title Synopsis Played at AJFF
AKA Nadia

AKA Nadia

Can a person reinvent herself without dealing with consequences from her past? For over 20 years, Maya Goldwasser has lived as a Jewish career woman, wife and mother, whereas in fact she was born as Nadia, daughter to a Muslim family. More than 20 years after she has abandoned her previous identity, her past rears its head again. Through the unique story of its heroine, the film contemplates life in a society ridden by profound intolerance and xenophobia…
Cloudy Sunday

Cloudy Sunday

During World War II in Greece, under the submission of Germans, a Christian, Giorgos, falls in love with a Jewess, Estrea, something completely forbidden. Can they and their families overcome all the obstacles, along with racial discriminations and hardship? The story mainly takes place in an ouzeria, in which Tsitsanis works, one of the greatest Greek composer, librettist and singer in the 20th century… Yes
Family Transition

Family In Transition

The story of a family in Nahariya, a small traditional town in Israel, whose lives change completely after their father finally decides to tell his family that he’s a transgender woman. Their mother chooses to stay with her spouse through the whole process, but just as it seems that life is back to normal, she takes a sharp turn and shakes everything up again…

Fauda

Fauda

After retiring from the Israel Defense Force, Doron is working on a vineyard. He gets roped back into active duty, though, upon learning that an enemy who Doron thought his unit had killed is still alive and plans on attending his brother’s wedding. Doron rejoins the IDF team with the intention of going under cover at the wedding, but the plan goes awry when the team’s cover is blown. That sets into motion a chaotic chain of events and leads IDF into a manhunt to locate and kill the squad’s target…
Harmonia

Harmonia

“Harmonia” is a modern adaptation of the mythological triangle between the childless Abraham and Sarah and young Hagar. Sarah is the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic; Abraham is its almighty conductor. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem joins the Western Side Orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves between the two women. “Harmonia” uncovers the metaphoric emotional roots of the ancient conflict between the two peoples living in Jerusalem, now seeking harmony through a dramatic encounter between Western and Eastern music… Yes
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, “Heading Home” charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage….
RBG

RBG

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg now 84, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg’s life outside the court, “RBG” tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land…
Restoration

Restoration

70 year old Yaakov Fidelman hangs on with all his might to the antique restoration workshop which has been his life’s work. After his long-time business partner passes away, Fidelman rejects his son Noah’s idea to close the business and build an apartment complex on the site. He believes that with the help of his new apprentice Anton, he’ll find a way to save his workshop, his world and his solitary way of life. When Anton falls in love with Hava, Noah’s pregnant wife, the two young men compete not only over a father, but also over a woman and the baby she carries… Yes
The Operative

The Operative

A young Western woman is recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran where she becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler and her subject….

Additional streaming movies online:
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Go2Films is now offering a wide variety of VOD films on their Site.

Israeli Films is also offering a limited number of titles on VOD here.

The Israeli Film Center has a number of Israeli movies and TV series to stream at israelfilmcenterstream.org/stream/ with most films available for $5.99 per rental.

The Austin Public Library has a “Virtual Library” where you can read, listen, or watch on your computer or mobile device 24/7 when you download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies and music. For more information, visit library.austintexas.gov/virtual and click on Entertainment. This includes the ability to check out free titles on the Kanopy, OverDrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital platforms.

Note: To access titles from the Austin Public Library, you must be a Texas resident, 18 or older with an Austin Public Library card, which is free for Austin city residents. If you don’t already have a card, you can apply for an e-card online. Go to library.austintexas.gov click on signup/renew and follow the links to apply for an e-card.