Film festival offers favorites in fall

Film festival offers favorites in fall

“Live and Become”
“Live and Become”

TO MARK the milestone 20th annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, a series of free screenings — “fan favorites” from festivals past — will be shown on the 20th day of most of the coming months.

“Live and Become” — a favorite from the sixth festival — will be shown Friday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at JCC MetroWest in West Orange.

An international award-winner, “Live and Become” is a 2005 French drama about a young boy in famine-stricken Ethiopia in the 1980s. His mother, desperate for a better life for her son, sends him from a Sudanese refugee camp onto the Operation Moses airlift of “Falasha” Jews to Israel, telling him, “Go, live, and become.” The film chronicles his growing up in Israel and how he deals with the multiple secrets he carries.

The next 20th anniversary free screening, “Late Marriage,” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 12:30 p.m., is a 2001 Israeli film centering on Zaza, the single son of tradition-minded Georgian-Jewish immigrants, as he dodges their fevered attempts to arrange a marriage for him.

The 20th annual NJ Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by JCC MetroWest,
will be held Thursday-Sunday, March 19-29, 2020. To become a sponsor, go to or contact festival director Sarah Diamond at or 973-929-2938. For tickets, call

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