The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival is, uniquely, a two-part festival. After a successful series of screenings at the Amherst Dipson Theatre earlier in May, the second half runs Sunday through June 7 in the JCC’s Benderson Family Building Seller Theatre (2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville).
The second session of the 30th annual festival starts with a screening at 5:30 p.m. Sunday of “The Dove Flyer,” which follows the final years of the Jewish community’s existence in Iraq before its expulsion and eventual settlement in Israel. The sweeping epic is based on Eli Amir’s autobiographical novel.
Following at 8 p.m. Sunday is “The Return.” The drama focuses on four young Jewish women in present-day Poland who are struggling to determine their cultural identities in a nation with a buried past.
Screenings continue daily up to the festival’s closing gala at 6:30 p.m. June 7. The kosher buffet dinner will include a showing of “Above and Beyond,” a documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 war.
For closing dinner tickets, the complete festival schedule and more information, visit bijff.com.
– Christopher Schobert