South Collaborates With Mobile Jewish Film Festival

Posted on March 2, 2021
Joy Washington

The University of South Alabama will again this year collaborate with the Mobile Jewish Film Festival to bring the Mobile Community entertaining and meaningful films reflecting the issues facing the Jewish and global community.

The films can be viewed online from March 5 through March 25, 2021.

The festival is co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Huntsville and North Alabama and The Pensacola Jewish Federation. This is the first time for this partnership, which will enable viewers to enjoy films and programs from home.

“While we can’t be together in person this year, we still believe that a well-made film is the best way to connect us, to entertain us, and to bring about meaningful dialogue,” said Festival Co-Chairs Barry Silverman and Rickie Voit. “The virtual film festival is thrilled to be able to expand to reach new audiences and bring meaningful programming from partner communities.”

In addition to the local collaboration, the Mobile Jewish Film Festival joins more than 60 other events across the country in showcasing some of the best independent films annually.

“I think we have all realized that, through the pandemic and the frayed politics in the past few years, we are stronger when we work together, rather than work independently to various constituencies,” said Dr. David Meola, the Bert and Fanny Meisler Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at USA. “I hope that the cooperation between Huntsville, Mobile, Birmingham and Pensacola will usher in a new resolve, despite the distance, to continue this work in the future, and not only in matters regarding the film festival.”

Meola said the films featured this year give viewers a chance to learn about great stories, with many of the featured films based on the lives of real people.

“Again this year, we are also featuring films that showcase films about the African-American experience,” Meola said. “We have a strong history of Jewish and Black relations, and we want to continue to honor that in the films we showcase.”

Tickets for the festival are $9 for a single ticket, $15 for a household, and $60 for a festival pass to all seven films. They can be purchased at Once on the page, click Mobile Jewish Film Festival 2021 in the menu.

The 2021 featured films are: “The Keeper ” available for viewing on March 5, 6  and 7;  

“Crescendo,” available for viewing on March 8, 9 and 10 with special guest Dr. Victoria Adamenko, professor of musicology at Pensacola State College; “The Picture of His Life,”

available for Viewing March 11, 12, 13; “Incitement,” available for viewing on March 14, 15 and 16 with special guest Dr. Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum; “Aulcie,” available for viewing on March 17, 18 and 19 with special guest Dani Menkin, the film’s director; “Here We Are,” available for viewing on March 20, 21 and 22; and “Shared Legacies,” available for viewing on March 23, 24, and 25 with special guest Dr. Shari Rodgers, the film’s director.

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