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Tucson’s Jewish film festival marks 23 years with 23 films

Linor Abargil in ‘Brave Miss World’
Linor Abargil in ‘Brave Miss World’
A scene from 'Aftermath'
A scene from ‘Aftermath’

Nearly two dozen films from around the world will be screened at the 23rd annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. Running Jan.16 to 25, this year’s program features several international award winners, Arizona premieres and special guests.

A pre-festival kickoff is scheduled Sunday, Jan.12 at the Desert View Performing Arts Center in Saddlebrooke with two screenings (2:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.) of “AKA Doc Pomus.” This biography of Brooklyn-born blues singer/rock ’n’ roll songwriter Jerome Felder is back by popular demand.

Opening night at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, which is the site for most of the films, is Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. with “Paris, Manhattan,” a romantic comedy about a young French woman in love with Woody Allen films.

The official festival grand opening night will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Loft Cinema with “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story.” For mature audiences, this event will feature a Q&A with director Brad Bernstein.