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“If there are those people who falsely point at Israel to be a discriminatory apartheid state, well, the film AMERICA will prove them to be very wrong.”
~Nurit Greenger, NewsBlaze

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In partnership with the Consulate General of Israel and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jewish Journal and Laemmle Theatres

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In Case You Missed These Two Programs…In commemoration of
Holocaust Remembrance Day


Q&A below with THOMAS ROTH


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LAJFF in partnership with the Fritz Ascher Society presented a Q&A about the film, As Seen Through These Eyes
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“The War on Women’s
Reproductive Freedom”

We are officially in The Great Regression – a time in which on issue after issue, we are seeing decades of progress reversed.

Watch this critical Q&A below!

with activists
the founder of the Jane Abortion Collective and
CEO of National Council of Jewish Women

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NCJW’s fund where 100% of the money will go to help people cross state line and fund abortions.
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In partnership with National Council of Jewish Women and Women Make Movies

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Q&A took place at the Museum of Tolerance with Director Daniel Raim, Producer Sasha Berman, Co-Writer Michael Sragow and actress Michele Marsh (played Hodel in the original film!) Moderated by the Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Hilary Helstein.

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Watch below the Q&A with director Lisa Hurwitz, moderated by Hilary Helstein of LAJFF

First-time filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz‘s delightful documentary, THE AUTOMAT, toasts Horn & Hardart’s storied chain of coin-operated automated restaurants, a forgotten piece of American history, featuring Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, and others.
Documentary / 2021 / 79 mins / English

the Q&A from OUR (almost completely true) STORY with

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An aging screen legend, tall, famous and classy and a short Jewish out-of work voice actor navigate the LA senior dating scene, in this (mostly) true-life romantic dramedy. Despite their baggage and health crises, as these opposites attract, they find it’s never too late for love. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Los Angeles, this adorable crowd-pleaser is also a love letter to Hollywood, written by Hartley and Sroka and directed by Emmy winner Don Scardino (30 Rock).

Watch Here the Discussion about
“How ‘HOLOCAUST’ Came to TV” with
Alice Agneskirchner, director/producer
Tovah Feldshuh, actress
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, moderator, Holocaust scholar

At the beginning of 1979,  a dramatized and emotional US television miniseries ensured that the German population was suddenly reminded of the Nazi crimes against the Jews. What was expressed with the unknown word ‘Holocaust’, hit many millions of people in the heart. This was the first time that a major mainstream drama had portrayed the lives of Hitler’s victims. The audience reactions were fierce. Germany has been reassessing how the drama changed the country 40 years ago. Remembrance of the Holocaust and the words “never again” have become key principles of modern Germany’s political identity. Filmmaker Alice Agneskirchner tells the story of this emotional television event, which led to a paradigm shift in the perception of German Nazi crimes. Interviews with the series director Marvin Chomsky, actors Michael Moriarty, Rosemary Harris, Tovah Feldshuh and others.

Read the review from the KFPK film club HERE!

Watch the Q&A for the BROKEN CANDLE
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It is with great sadness that the LA Jewish Film Festival family comes together to mourn the loss of our dear friend,


He was a cherished friend and participant at LAJFF. Ed, our hearts are heavy. Thank you for your love and deep connection to your Jewish roots and your relentless commitment to fighting for humanity. You were ONE OF A KIND. Your brilliance and wisdom will shine on in your legendary work.

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 26: Ed Asner, Ruby Modine, Hilary Helstein and Matthew Modine attend the Opening Night Gala of the LAJFF 2017 in Los Angeles on April 26, 2017 (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)

If you missed it you can now watch the Tattooed Torah Q&A with Ed Asner here!

Watch a recap of the Q&A with the legendary ED ASNER of The Tattooed Torah. Previously recorded on December 7, 2020 along with director Marc Bennett, producers Melinda Goldrich and Stephen Smith of USC Shoah Foundation. Ed… thank you for your love and deep connection to your Jewish roots and your relentless commitment to fighting for humanity. You were one of a kind and will be deeply missed.

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Sponsored by The Goldrich Family Foundation in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation

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“Kenny Scharf:
When Worlds Collide”
A Film by Max Basch & Malia Scharf

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Panelists include

Synopsis: Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in LA, Kenny Scharf’s quintessential Jewish family placed importance on tradition and middle class values. His parents supported his interest in art from a young age, taking him to visit museums and galleries. When Scharf arrived in New York City in the early 1980s, he quickly befriended Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This trio, amongst the fervent creative bustle of a depressed downtown scene, would soon take the art world by storm. While Basquiat and Haring both died tragically young, Scharf lived through cataclysmic shifts in the East Village as well as the ravages of AIDS and economic depression.

‘When Worlds Collide’ is about the art of fun, about living life out loud, despite setbacks, and about Kenny Scharf’s particular do-it-yourself, high-tone, technicolor artistic vision. The film includes rare archival footage with Scharf and Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and interviews with Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Yoko Ono and others. Scharf currently lives in LA and you can see his murals citywide. His recent exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, MOCA, Pasadena Art Museum, Nassau County Museum of Art in NY and others.
Documentary/USA/77 mins/2020/English

In cooperation with the City of West Hollywood, Nassau County Museum of Art, the Oakwood School and TOTAH Gallery, NYC.

If you missed the Q&A with Senator Cory Booker and others for the film, “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent”, you can see it here!

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Pre-recorded panel includes:
Rachel Fisher, Filmmaker
Deborah Prinz,Joachim Prinz’s daughter
Orly Marley, President, Tuff Gong Worldwide
Rabbi Sari Laufer, Stephen Wise Temple

Moderated by

Rabbi Clifford Kulwin, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple
B’nai Abraham
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“LA Jewish Film Festival – A Voice from the Past Bringing Jews and Blacks Together”
This program is in partnership with Stephen Wise Temple, Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance, American Jewish Committee, Jewish World Watch and Valley Beth Shalom

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With Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dror Moreh and
General Michael Herzog, one of the negotiators!

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“DETERMINED: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter”

Q&A with filmmaker and Avraham’s daughter, writer/producer/directorDr. KEREN PERLMUTTER, the film’s composer STEVEN CHESNE, and the descendants of the BEIJERS FAMILY (who hid Avraham for over a year in the Netherlands and who were honored as “Righteous Among the Nations”), moderated by renowned Holocaust scholar,

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a drama by Mauro Mancini

Official Selection – Venice International Film Critics’ Week 2020

Watch the exclusive Q&A with renowned actor Alessandro Gassmann and
director Mauro Mancini click below

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 Co-presented with Istituto Italiano di Cultura, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

In partnership with Anti-Defamation League and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

Special International Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and in association with USC Shoah Foundation

In partnership with Jewish Journal, American Jewish Committee, LA, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,
and Wilshire Boulevard Temple

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Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
Co-presented with USC Shoah Foundation
In partnership with Jewish Journal, American Jewish Committee, LA, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Watch now the Q&A for
“Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen”
The story of the making of the beloved classic film, “Fiddler on the Roof,” and director Norman Jewison.

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Watch now the Q&A with cast and crew for

Hamilton meets Fiddler on the Roof meets West Side Story” – Reel Chicago

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We honored Aulcie Perry for his contributions to combating racial discrimination and to building bridges of understanding between African Americans and Jews and Israelis.

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Panelists included (L – R) LAJFF Director Hilary Helstein, Filmmaker Dani Menkin, Consul General of Israel, Dr. Hillel Newman, K.J. Matthews, journalist of the AAFCA, producer Jon Weinbach and Aulcie Perry himself!

In Loving Memory of

We  honor her legacy and pay her tribute
Watch the Q&A with JULIE COHEN, acclaimed director of the Academy Award nominated sensation, “RBG”

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LAJFF conducted a virtual discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Julie Cohen, co-director of the inspiring, Academy Award nominated documentary, “RBG.” She gives an insider’s view of one of the most influential women who ever lived, the heroic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her journey in the making of this film that became a worldwide sensation.

If you have not seen the film, it is available to stream anytime on Hulu, Amazon Prime and other platforms.


In honor of “good trouble” Congressman John Lewis
and Rev. C.T. Vivian

LAJFF made history with this superb Q&A panel with activists and speakers from the film SHARED LEGACIES who came together to discuss the African American-Jewish relationship during the civil rights era and NOW! It included Dr. Shari Rogers, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Gina Belafonte, Dr. Susannah Heschel, Sherry Frank, moderated by Dr. Michael Berenbaum.

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Directed by Dr. Shari Rogers

Congratulations to MARIA SCHRADER,
on her Emmy nomination and for the 8 Emmy nominations for the
Netflix series,

You can watch the conversation with Ms. Schrader here now! Click the image below.

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Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
In partnership with the Jewish Journal, Goethe-Institut LA, Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.

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“A Conversation with Actress

as she talks about her career and starring role as Golda Meir 

RIP Carl Reiner, the legend!

You were a friend and honoree of LAJFF. We will never forget your wit and wisdom!

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Read the article and watch interviews on “Heading Home” below posted by JooTube.

Listen to post film Q&A with ballplayer Cody Decker and Greg Laemmle, owner of Laemmle Theatres.

2019 PRINT SOURCE LIST(click here)


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Please enjoy the festival’s trailer below.

LAJFF Trailer from Digimoric productions onVimeo.
(Directed by Claudia Sobral, edited by Giovanni Moriconi)