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unique op­por­tu­nity to celebrate and ex­plore con­tem­po­rary Jewish and Is­raeli sto­ries through film. We are de­ter­mined and proud to bring that amaz­ing cre­ativ­ity to the widest pos­si­ble range of UK au­di­ences. This year, that means screen­ing more than 80 films at 11 cine­mas across Lon­don, in­clud­ing at the BFI and Bar­bican, as well as four other ma­jor cities. That con­fi­dence in cel­e­brat­ing Jewish cul­ture is in­fec­tious and has had a pro­found im­pact over the years in bring­ing Jewish cin­ema and cul­ture into the Bri­tish main­stream. Cre­ative: Jonathan Pryce and Malachi Kirby in show­ing at the JFF

Last year, in the wake of the Tri­cy­cle furore, it was fas­ci­nat­ing to see UK Jewish Film Fes­ti­val as the sub­ject of lengthy de­bates on the BBC, in news­pa­pers and opin­ion col­umns of arts and po­lit­i­cal mag­a­zines. Com­men­ta­tors recog­nised what some in the Jewish com­mu­nity hadn’t — that Jewish film is now con­sid­ered an es­sen­tial part of the Bri­tish cin­ema main­stream; a part of our na­tional cul­ture that should not be si­lenced, with­out which we would all be far poorer.

Against that back­drop, it is heart-

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