Jewish film festival opens this weekend

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PORTLAND — This year’s Maine Jewish Film Festival will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, with a showing of the “The Last Suit,” a comedic and poignant story of an 88-year-old Argentinian tailor, at the Nickelodeon in downtown.

The festival, which runs March 9-17, will also include films about America’s first fast-food restaurant, a documentary about women helping women in the heart of Brooklyn’s Hasidic community, and a gripping drama about one of the most daring rescues in WWII history.

In addition to screenings, the film festival also includes a variety of panel discussions and the opportunity to meet filmmakers, artists and experts.

An all-festival pass is available for $200. Tickets to individual events are also available online at www.mjff.org.

Events take place at various venues in Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston, Rockland, Waterville and Bangor. A full calendar is available on the film festival’s website.

The goal of this annual event is to “provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global Jewish experience,” the website states.

This story was updated to correct the festival opening date.

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