March 20, 2023

Austin Jewish Film Festival announces lineup

Event begins Nov. 3 at Dell Jewish Community Campus


The Austin Jewish Film Festival has announced its lineup for the 20th anniversary event, with screenings taking place at the Dell Jewish Community Campus.

The festival takes place from Nov. 3 to 13, with an online option Nov. 14-20.

The opening night film will be “Exodus 91,” with director Micah Smith in attendance. The movie revolves around the experiences of Asher Naim, who was sent to Ethiopia in 1991 to negotiate the release of 15,000 Ethiopian Jews from a country collapsing from civil war.

The closing night film will be “America,” with writer/director Ofir Raul Grazier in attendance. The movie centers on an Israeli man who returns to Israel after 10 years in America, finding love with a former childhood friend.

Other movies include:

“Karaoke,” with director/writer Moshe Rosenthal in attendance. “Karaoke” is considered the hot new drama from Israel and took home several of the country’s top film awards, including for stars Rita Shukrun (best actress) and Sasson Gabai (best actor).

“Farewell, Mr. Haffman,” a Paris-set drama in 1941, during the German occupation of France.

“Lost Transport,” about hundreds of Jewish prisoners who are stranded in a German village occupied by the Red Army in 1945.

Many more films and shorts are scheduled. For more details, visit

Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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