Upcoming Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebration to be virtual

Posted 1/4/21

For a quarter of a century, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has celebrated Jewish culture including bringing a lineup of films honoring traditions and heritage.

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Upcoming Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebration to be virtual

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For a quarter of a century, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has celebrated Jewish culture including bringing a lineup of films honoring traditions and heritage.

The anniversary for the 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will include three extra days of screenings from the comfort of one’s home, Feb. 14 — March 3.

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns, the film festival, which is normally held in three cities Valleywide, will be held entirely online, according to a press release.

GPJFF, which will screen films showcasing the best of Jewish life, history and heritage, is the longest-running film festival in the Valley, the release said of the event that will have more films to make the festival “bigger and better” with hours of Jewish cinema from dozens of different countries.

The annual crowd-pleasing event shows more than 30 feature-length and short films ranging from defiance and struggle to fun and adventure to laughter and love, with something for everyone. Engaging stories can be accessed from any device, computer or Smart TV, the release said, adding that the virtual festival will allow participants to easily build a flexible customized schedule to see every film on the schedule.

Post-film interviews with filmmakers and experts on the films’ subjects will be held seamlessly after many screenings, detailed the release.

As a show of gratitude towards the Valley community’s support of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, a free screening of the documentary, Shared Legacies, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 to coincide with Black History Month.

The documentary explores crucial historical lessons of African-American and Jewish cooperation while fighting blatant bias and racism, described the release.

Viewers will have 72 hours from the posted time to begin to watch, and 48 hours from when they start the film to complete viewing, with the ability to pause, rewind and even switch devices within the house, over the 48 hours, the release added.

For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets after Jan. 15: gpjff.org.

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