14th UK Jewish Film Festival
This year, London venues included the Barbican Centre, the Everyman Hampstead, BFI Southbank and Vue West End. Tracy-Ann Oberman was welcomed as the first UKJFF Ambassador. The West End Gala was opened with French film Mensch. The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, was also shown.
The Closing Night Gala was in celebration of Sir Sydney Samuelson, who was given a tribute by special guest Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DLA, member of the Board of Governors of the National Film and Television School.
UKJFF also focused on comedy this year, presenting a night of live comedy with the award-winning Shazia Mirza and equally hilarious Josh Howie. The theme was comedy across cultures as the comedians challenged Jewish and Muslim stereotypes. An evening at the Everyman Hampstead also took place, where some of the UK’s leading comedians including Tracy-Ann Oberman, David Baddiel and David Schneider came together to discuss whether comedy can or should be expected to make a difference in tacking racism and prejudice.
There was also a special event exploring LGBT activism through filmmaking, with a screening of the Israeli documentary Gay Days.