The San Diego International Jewish Film Festival goes virtual Thursday, launching its 10-day run of dozens of films, which include historical dramas and documentaries about hot-button issues of the moment.

The highlights include:

  • Shared Legacies – A who’s who of Jewish and civil rights leaders take part in this documentary chronicling the close connections between Jews and African-Americans from the 1909 founding of the NAACP through the turbulent 1960s.  (Thursday and Friday only)
  • The Keeper – A German POW becomes a UK soccer star and marries an English woman, overcoming prejudice and personal tragedy. Based on the true story of Bert Trautmann. Subtitled in English. (Friday and Saturday only)
  • On Broadway – An all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Lin-Manuel Miranda, August Wilson, Patti Lupone, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen talk about Broadway theater in this behind-the-scenes film. (Friday and Saturday only)
  • ‘Til Kingdom Come – An exposé of the apocalyptic worldview evangelical Christians use as the impetus for supporting Israel’s interests in the Middle East.
  • Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses – World War II veterans share their vivid memories of entering concentration camps in their own words, drawing parallels between the past and present, with today’s rise of hate groups. Contains Holocaust material.

Screenings cost $15. Some films, like Shared Legacies, The Keeper and On Broadway, are available only on specific days, while others can be seen On Demand in 48-hour windows during the length of the festival.

In addition, all screenings are geographically restricted to San Diego County. The event concludes Feb. 21.

Note: Photo credit, ‘Til Kingdom Come, courtesy,

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