AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in January


Biographical documentaries, dramatic narratives, a comedy classic, and former AJFF films make up this month's picks. 

In Theatres

On Thursday, January 24, presented as part of the 2019 Morehouse College Commemoration and held in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, this free and open to the public screening features the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the president of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the African-American educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African-American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Video on Demand

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
We don't know which is the Mary or the Rhoda either; but we do know that we love this now cult classic hit. Starring Mira Sorvino as Romy White, and Lisa Kudrow as her Jewish best friend Michele Weinberger, the film follows the two as they gear up for their 10-year high school reunion, both desperate to prove themselves to their former classmates. We're among those following the rumors of a sequel

The German Doctor
Part of the 2014 AJFF, the narrative follows a distinguished foreign physician with a sinister obsession for genetic purity, who upends the lives of an unsuspecting Argentinean family. At turns eerily gripping and thought-provoking, writer-director Lucía Puenzo’s visually striking drama is a meditation on the complicity of those who sheltered the Nazi elite in postwar South America. 

Blu-Ray & DVD

Earning strong reviews for his performance, Ron Perlman stars as Asher, an aging former Mossad agent trying to find balance between the man he was and the man he's trying to be. 

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
Jewish photographer Garry Winogrand, his work, and those he influenced with his groundbreaking style are examined in this well received documentary, which recently become the winner of the Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

A Memoir of War
This former AJFF Selects feature is a haunting and hypnotic adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical memoir, directed by Emmanuel Finkiel. Through impressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras’s semi-autobiographical texts, the film evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers.