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The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival wants to connect and relate 

The fourth annual event, kicking off Thursday, offers a cross-section of the Jewish experience to be enjoyed by everyone.

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Atlantic Jewish Film Festival
October 19-22
Musuem of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, and other venues

The fourth Atlantic Jewish Film Festival is upon us. Presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council, the festival runs from October 19-22 and will see 10 films make their Halifax debuts. The lineup features films in German, Hebrew, Arabic and English and includes children's programming for the first time. And as committee chair Lynn Rotin explains, this year's festival explores themes of love, family and identity—things everyone relates to.

"People are people and they have the same longings and desires," she says. "The point of the film fest is to open up dialogue and introduce the larger world to the Jewish community."

Rotin says the festival offers something for everyone. Take opening film The Women's Balcony for example: It's a Hebrew comedy/drama about community, old traditions and the power of women to keep them together in the face of modern extremism. It was also the highest-grossing film in Israel last year. Or

LGBTQ+ comedy Family Commitments, about two men—one Jewish, the other Muslim—as they deal with their families' conflicting religious beliefs leading up to their wedding day. Saturday's screening will be followed by a wedding-themed gala at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. If family programming is what you're looking for, consider Sunday's short film Lubin, from Chelm, illustrated by local artist Alisa Snyder, followed by a Razzmatazz for Kids performance at the Museum of Natural History.

Rotin hopes the festival serves as an entertaining way to establish connection and understanding of the Jewish community. "The more we know about each other, the fewer prejudices we will have; other people are no longer scary or 'the other,'" says Rotin. "We are hoping for a happier, better world where people, including the Jews, are not vilified."

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