Cinema as a Catalyst for Informal Jewish Education

Posted on 01/05/2024 @ 05:00 AM

Tags: Adult Jewish Learning & Growth, Miami Jewish Film Festival

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In a vibrant landscape of cultural events, the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) stands out as a beacon of cinematic excellence, not only for its captivating array of films but also for its dynamic educational component.


The festival seamlessly intertwines scholarship, spirituality, and community engagement to create an enriching and transformative experience for its audience that goes beyond the silver screen.


The educational series comprises both virtual and in-person conversations with film directors and talent as well as introductions to films by scholars, educators and clergy.


Behind this synergy is CAJE’s Department of Adult Learning and Growth, responsible for curating these encounters and enhancing the movie-watching experience for audience members.


At the heart of MJFF's educational series is the desire to create a space where cinema becomes a catalyst for thought-provoking conversations.


The conversations and film introductions delve into the historical, cultural, religious and social contexts of the films.


This approach enhances the educational aspect, turning each film into a nuanced exploration of the human experience and the interplay of Jewish history, tradition and culture.


The discussions provide a unique lens through which audiences can reflect on religious, moral and ethical questions posed by the films.


Providing a rare opportunity for audiences to connect with the creators behind the films, these conversations offer insights into the motivations, challenges, and inspirations that shape their artistic vision.


The conversations elevate the film-watching experience from a passive observation to an active engagement with the creative process, offering audiences a “backstage pass” into the intentions, emotions, and creative choices of the films.


MJFF’s educational series extends beyond the two-week marquee festival.


The virtual recordings of conversations produced by the MJFF and the Department of Adult Learning are used by other film festivals and by the film directors themselves to promote their films around the world.


By seamlessly blending the power of cinema with scholarly discourse, thought-provoking conversations and community engagement, the MJFF in partnership with the Department of Adult Learning offers an unparalleled educational experience.

Continue your learning journey with the Department of Adult Learning & Growth -- Spring registration opens this Monday, January 8th. Check out our full line up of courses and be part of a dynamic community of learners!