The Austin Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) began in October 2002, by screening its first film at the Alamo Drafthouse. Fourteen years later, AJFF offers the best quality Jewish documentary, drama and short films from around the globe. The Saturday, Nov. 5 opening night film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” is written and directed by Natalie Portman, who stars in the leading role as Tania Oz. The film screenings continue daily beginning at noon until the final day on Friday, Nov. 11, with a shorts program featuring films from Canada, France, USA and Israel. The films are offered at the Regal Arbor Cinema at Great Hills (unless otherwise noted). For the full list of films, locations and to obtain festival passes and tickets for each for this year’s Jewish Film Festival, visit austinjff.org.
The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) promotes Asian and Asian American cultures and experiences through the media arts by showcasing top quality cinema and supporting the creative talents of Asian American artists. This year’s festival will be held Nov. 3-6 at the Blanton Auditorium on The University of Texas campus. A selection of Asian and Asian American films from established masters and exciting newcomers alike are offered, including the opening night film “Tyrus,” a documentary about former Disney film production illustrator Tyrus Wong; the centerpiece film, “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story,” a portrait by Ben Wang that captures Zheng in all his complexity, tracing his remarkable journey from an adolescent criminal to a respected advocate for prison reform and youth violence prevention; and the closing night film, “After The Storm,” by Hirokazu Koreeda, following last year’s “Our Little Sister” with another sensitive take on a divided family. Festival badges, passes and individual tickets for the Asian American Film Festival are available at aaafilmfest.com.