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Religious reels

Why is Sunday night different from all other nights? It's the start of the 27th annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival. This year, the festival moves to its new location in the Robert and Maxine Seller Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville), which allows for a more extensive screening schedule than previous years.

The festival kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the 1960 British film "Hand in Hand," about the unlikely friendship between a Roman Catholic boy and a Jewish girl. Sandy Saada, the JCC's cultural arts director, describes it as a "coming of age, OK-for-everybody film." At 8 p.m., there will be a screening of "100 Voices: A Journey Home," a recent documentary about the Jewish music culture in Poland. (This screening will be preceded by the short film "The Tailor," and all three films will be shown again later in the festival.) In commemoration of Father's Day, dads can get free popcorn at both of Sunday's screenings -- making the festival an ideal way to honor your father (and your mother, while you're at it).

The festival continues through June 28 with daily screenings of one to three films. Tickets for all films are $9. For a full schedule of the 20 films being shown this year, visit

-- Jason Silverstein