2020 Closing Night Events—March 25, 2020…
Our Film Selection Committee is narrowing down the final selections for our Closing Night Film, as well as the 3 Finalists for our 2020 Short Film Competition. As our films and events are finalized they will be added to the day-by-day pages. Check back for updates.

The 2020 Closing Night Shorts Competition & Closing Night Feature Film are all included with your Festival Pass.

2019 Athens Jewish Film Festival Closing Night Events

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Included with your Festival Pass

2019 Closing Night Schedule @ Ciné

5:00 – 6:00 pm. — Screening & Awards of  Shorts Competition Film Winners

6:00 – 7:00 pm. — Closing Night Party with Noshes at Ciné Lab
Music by Erik Sootes, a music scholar, professional composer and performer with a multi-ethnic background, Sootes experiments with variety of styles, looking for a new sound and ways to demonstrate a guitar’s capabilities. Full Bio >

7:00 – 9:00 pm. — “An Act of Defiance”

 “An Act of Defiance”
Based on a True Story!

In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963.

Our 2019 Human Rights Award Winner!
 “An Act of Defiance”
 by Jean van de Velde, Director, South Africa & Netherlands.

Guest Speaker Mel Berzak.

Mel Berzak is an international business man, a leader in the local Jewish community and, currently, a yoga instructor. Mel is from Africa and was coming of age as the struggles in South Africa involving Nelson Mandela were unfolding. He has experiential knowledge of that struggle and the role of the local Jewish community in that struggle. So we look forward to hearing his introduction to An “Act of Defiance.”