NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival will be celebrating 20 years of exploring Jewish history, culture and identity through film when it kicks off Nov. 3.

The festival, which runs until Nov. 17, will feature 19 films, including four New Jersey premieres and a closing night preview screening, and discussions with filmmakers, scholars and other noteworthy guests.

The opening night even will be held at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center at 11 Livingston Ave.

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Films will be shown at AMC New Brunswick at 17 Route 1 in New Brunswick and at Princeton Garden Theatre at 160 Nassau St. in Princeton.

The festival is sponsored by Rutgers’ Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and is made possible by a grant from the Karma Foundation.

The festival kicks off with a special gala dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. screening of "The Unorthodox," an Israeli film nominated for 14 awards, including Best Picture, at the 2019 Israeli Oscars.

The film is based on real events, telling the incredible underdog story of a small group of Sephardic Israeli men who decided to band together in the 1980s to fight for their rights and wound up creating the Shas Political Party.

Jessica Steinberg, the culture editor for the Times of Israel, will be the guest speaker. The gala opening night celebration is sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Documentary films will be presented on a variety of topics—from a fresh look at the cultural history and legacy of "Fiddler on the Roof," to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Israel Museum, to the discovery of a vast treasure trove of Jewish historical documents hidden for centuries in an ancient Egyptian synagogue.

Read the full list of films and festival activities at this link: https://www.newswise.com/articles/rutgers-jewish-film-festival-celebrates-20th-anniversary-november-3-17

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