Toronto Jewish Film Festival

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Toronto Jewish Film Festival

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The Toronto Jewish Film Festival provides the opportunity for everyone to travel the Jewish world through film during nine days in May each year. According to their web site, their local and foreign films showcase the stories of Jewish people "who we were, who we are and who we will be".

Films at screened at three theatres and are family-friendly, unless otherwise noted in our programme book and on our Web site. The Toronto Jewish Film Festival is the second largest Jewish film festival in North America, and one of the largest Jewish film festivals in the world.


According to their web site "The Toronto Jewish Film Festival offers a media literacy program called FilmMatters. This program will offer students a unique opportunity to utilize film as a means to better understand issues such as social justice and racism. Concepts such as these are often too abstract for students to comprehend through conventional means such as history textbooks. However, through the study of both documentary and feature film, they are presented with case studies that introduce these concepts in a way that is immediately relevant and meaningful to them.

For instance, in 2006, the TJFF (The Toronto Jewish Film Festival) presented the Holocaust education documentary, 'Paper Clips', to over 3000 Jewish and non-Jewish students across the province and followed each screening with a talk given by a Holocaust survivor who provided the audience with a first-hand account of living in a concentration camp. By focusing on the individual stories of these survivors, students were able to confront the horrors of genocide and develop an understanding of the human cost of racism."

Each film screened in the FilmMatters program is followed by a lecture given by a person with appropriate expertise in the issues that the film raises. In addition, teachers will be provided with a study guide for the film. This will not only include background information but will also provide classroom activities designed to meet the specific course requirements to which the film can be applied.

"The Paper Clips program demonstrated how the study of film can provide a vehicle by which to reduce barriers between communities and build connections between diverse groups of people. Clearly, as a means of promoting respect and cultural diversity, film does, indeed matter."


  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, "Toronto Jewish Film Festival." Toronto Jewish Film Festival. 25 June 2008. Toronto Jewish Film Festival. 30 Nov 2008 <>.
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, "FilmMatters program." Toronto Jewish Film Festival. 25 June 2008. Toronto Jewish Film Festival. 30 Nov 2008 <>.