JCC Metrowest to host 16th annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

WEST ORANGE, NJ — JCC MetroWest Gaelen Center for the Arts presents the 16th annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival opening March 26 at the Maurice Levin Theater, 760 Northfield Ave. in West Orange.

This year’s festival features a lineup of comedies, dramas and documentaries

exploring Jewish history and contemporary culture in Israel and around the world — a large variety of narratives showing a diversity of subjects from “Israeli Cuisine” to “Rabin: In His Own Words” to “Rock in the Red Zone.” The range of genres spans from romantic comedies to music, thrillers, human rights issues, Jewish identity, racism, questioning one’s conscience, religion, living with disabilities and the Holocaust. The complex and challenging subjects of these high quality films qualifies them to join the festival lineup.

Award-winning premieres are followed by discussions with filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, artists and other insightful and entertaining experts, giving the audience the opportunity to consider the ultimate meaning and message of the film.

The festival opens Saturday, March 26, at 8:45 p.m. at JCC MetroWest with the N.J. premiere of “How To Win Enemies from Argentina,” an intriguing dramedy. The screening will be followed by the NJJFF opening night dessert reception celebration.

Closing night, Sunday April 10, will feature “Rock in the Red Zone” at 7 p.m. followed by a local rock band and dessert reception.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.boxofficetickets.com/jccmetrowest. For more information, including the festival schedule, visit www.jccmetrowest.org/njjff or call the festival hotline at 973-530-3417.