The 27th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival opens Wednesday night with 60 contemporary Jewish-themed features and shorts from around the world.

The 12-day Festival is the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego and draws over 17,000 attendees to screenings at five locations.

A highlight on Thursday is the San Diego premiere of “On the Map,” directed by Dani Menkin and featuring local basketball celebrity Bill Walton. The screening is at 7 p.m. at Reading Cinemas Town Square.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Our Lives Projected,” according to Festival Director Jacqueline Silverman.

“We show films that mirror the experience that many in our audience have had themselves or may be hearing about for the first time,” Silverman said. “It’s also intended to expand the notion of ‘our lives’ to show that we are a diverse and divergent community.”

Tickets are available online at www.sdjff.org or by calling 858-362-1348. You can choose individual films, or an entire festival pass.

The festival is presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.