5 titles to watch for at the Boston Jewish Film Festival

Actor-director-screenwriter Seth Fisher in a publicity photo for his film “Blumenthal.”
Actor-director-screenwriter Seth Fisher in a publicity photo for his film “Blumenthal.”Boston Jewish Film Festival

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To paraphrase the old commercial for Levy’s rye bread, you don’t have to be Jewish to love the Boston Jewish Film Festival. What’s unusual about the event -- even more so now that it’s under the guiding hands of executive director Jaymie Sacks and artistic director Amy Geller -- is the festival’s eclecticism. Some of the films in this silver-anniversary edition barely brush up against Judaism while others dig deep into its meanings, history, and modern discontents. Some entertain, while others confront. At their best, these films provide a prism on not just what it means to be Jewish, but what it means to be human. Time constraints prevented this critic from seeing all of the scheduled movies, but here’s a five-film sample of what’s in store.

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