LAJFF is going online due to COVID-19. 
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In this time of uncertainty, we will continue to offer you virtual programs while we navigate the future together!
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NOW STREAMING! Buy your ticket today!

The LA Premiere of 
by Dani Menkin

Streaming online will be extended through
 October 19, 2020 (midnight!)

Buy tickets now: $12
(per household)

Buy a ticket to Aulcie now and get a free short film (scroll down this page)

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!

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AULCIE tells the inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship. During the summer of 1976, Aulcie Perry was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv while playing in Harlem and was quickly signed to play. After the season, Aulcie converted to Judaism and became an Israeli citizen. His relationship with Israel’s top model was the focus of relentless media attention and cemented his status as an international phenomenon. But behind the scenes he srtuggled with addiction. This compelling film tells the story of this remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, triumphant and victorious against all odds, and put Israel on the map.

Documentary/2019/72 mins/Hebrew & English with English subtitles


The Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 30th Anniversary Documentary

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This short documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary features some of the great Jewish sports stars representing the Southern California area. The exhibition resides at AJU.
Courtesy of Randy Rosenbloom & Mickie Shaw

“AULCIE” is Sponsored by the
Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles 

In partnership with the
African America Film Critics Association

and friends at

In Loving Memory of
We are devastated by the loss of the beloved,
intrepid Supreme Court Justice.
May her memory be a blessing.

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

Click on the picture below to stream the YouTube Q&A

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.
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In partnership with


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.

Watch by clicking this picture.

Directed by Dr. Shari Rogers

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

SHARED LEGACIES is a moving tribute to the historic partnership between Jews and African Americans during the long history of the civil rights struggle in America. It begins with the founding of the NAACP in 1909 and showcases the bigotry and segregation that both groups have faced. There are narrations and testimonies from Holocaust survivors, leaders, and advocates such as U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Rev. C.T. Vivian and Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Martin Luther King’s confidants, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, actor/activist Harry Belafonte and daughter Gina Belafonte, Dr. Susannah Heschel, daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,  members of the King family, and many others.
SHARED LEGACIES contends with profound issues of antisemitism and systemic racism that engulf us in the current national crisis and pursues the aspiration of Dr. King to create a “coalition of conscience.”

Documentary | 95 min | USA | 2020
Courtesy of Spill the Honey and Menemsha Films

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.

or on Facebook at:

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.

Watch it here on Facebook Live
“A Conversation with Actress

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

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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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Facebook Live !


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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)


Pictures courtesy of LA Jewish Film Festival and Todd Felderstein

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In the news!

Please enjoy the festival’s trailer below.

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