'When Comedy Went to School' to Open Miami Jewish Film Festival

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The fest, which runs Jan. 23-Feb. 3, also will screen the foreign-language film Oscar submissions "Bethlehem" and "The German Doctor."

When Comedy Went to School, a documentary by Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank about how stand-up comedy was developed in the Catskill Mountains of New York, will open the 17th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 23-Feb. 3 at various venues in Miami.

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The festival program includes Bethlehem and The German Doctor, which were submitted by Israel and Argentina, respectively, for this year’s foreign-language Academy Award; Hunting Elephants, starring Patrick Stewart, which was a box-office hit in Israel; Pawel Pawlikowksi’s Ida, about a young woman who discovers family secrets dating to the Nazi occupation; Wladyslaw Pasikowksi’s Aftermath (Poklosie), about a Polish man who discovers secrets in his village; and a 75th anniversary screening of the musical comedy Mamele, starring Molly Picon.

"We are proud to share these films with our community, whose stories open the eyes and ignite our hearts," said MJFF director Igor Shteyrenberg. "In this revitalizing year for MJFF, we hope to continue to grow and inspire new audiences through the power of film to effect change in attitude, opinion, and cultural understanding."

A full schedule for the festival, a program of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, can be found here.