7th Annual AJFF: November 19-22  2020 | Halifax, NS | Stay Tuned For More Information.

Special Screening: Picture of His Life | Canada, USA, Israel.

Beginning June 19, 2020:

We are delighted to tell you that we have partnered with the Virtual Cinema release of the 2019 film PICTURE OF HIS LIFE and starting  June 19, 2020 you will be able to watch the film in your home (for only USD $9.99 for 3 days) through a special link sent to you. A portion of your ticket price will support the AJFF.


PICTURE OF HIS LIFE | 2019 | 71 minutes | Canada, USA, Israel.

Language: English, Hebrew, Inuktitut, with English subtitles.

A Film by Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin, Executive Produced by Nancy Spielberg.

PICTURE OF HIS LIFE tells the personal backstory behind award-winning Israeli photographer Amos Nachoum’s long-standing dream to swim with the polar bear and capture the experience on film. As he prepares for his biggest and most dangerous quest in the Canadian Arctic, Nachoum faces past traumas in an intimate story of dedication, sacrifice, and personal redemption. The journey begins in Israel in the 1950s and involves the lasting emotional impact of military combat in the Yom Kippur war. This visually stunning portrait reveals a passionate artist and environmental activist in his pursuit to capture beauty.

Amos Nachoum’s photos and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world, including National Geographic, Time, Life, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Terra Sauvage, Der Spiegel, and many more. His photography has won Nikon, Communication Arts, and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Amos was honored with the International SeaKeeper of the Year 2019, an award that has previously been given to James Cameron, Prince Albert, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jean-Michel Cousteau, among others.

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/344470268

To purchase your 3 day link and support the AJFF (USD $9.99): to pre-order (before June 19th) or order the screening (on or after June 19th) please visit:

Virtual Screening: Picture of His Life

to purchase tickets : CLICK HERE


Winner - Best Documentary Award, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature - Boston Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary, Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary - Israel Film Festival Los Angeles 2019

Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, Syracuse International Film Festival 2019

Winner – Audience Award, Best Documentary, Gold Coast International Film Festival

Opening Night Selection: DocAviv 2019

Official Selection: Film at Lincoln Center’s New York Jewish Film Festival 2020


In 1980 a group of people took a chance on starting a Jewish film festival in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Thirty-nine years later 40,000+ people attended over 135 screenings during their annual three week festival. Currently, there are more than one hundred Jewish film festivals around the world including Africa and Hong Kong. The Halifax-based AJFF opened its festival doors in 2014.

About The AJFF

The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC). The festival provides an opportunity for the public to experience the Jewish world through film in Halifax. We offer film lovers documentaries, comedies and dramas that otherwise would not screen in Nova Scotia. We choose films to engage, entertain and educate a diverse, inclusive audience.

Following the success of last fall’s 6th Atlantic Jewish Film Festival, the AJFF organizing committee is excited to announce another great year of engaging films highlighting Jewish life and culture around the world.

Contact: Edna LeVine, Director of Community Engagement (AJC), elevine @ theajc.ca

About the Atlantic Jewish Council

The Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) has been the cornerstone of Jewish life in the Atlantic Canadian provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland & Labrador) since 1975, acting as the organized Jewish community’s representative and program/service provider for non-religious matters. With only a small staff complement and a modest budget, the AJC relies on the support of over 100 volunteers across Atlantic Canada to move the needle on our eight strategic priorities:

  • Building a sense of Jewish community across Atlantic Canada;
  • Strengthening Jewish identity amongst the Jews of Atlantic Canada, especially our youth;
  • Reinforcing the regional identity of the Atlantic Canadian Jewish community;
  • Supporting and connecting Atlantic Canadians to Israel;
  • Educating about the Holocaust and human rights;
  • Helping those in need in our community;
  • Fostering relationships with and representing the Atlantic Jewish population to all levels of government, academic institutions, and Jewish and general organizations at both the national and local level; and
  • Educating the community of Atlantic Canada at large about Judaism.

The AJC is happy to once again present the Atlantic Jewish Film Festival.



Chair: Lynn Rotin
Philip Belitsky | Rosalind Belitsky | Jon Goldberg | Anna Hazankin | Linda Law | Edna LeVine | Naomi Rosenfeld

Jordan Schelew | Flint Schwartz | Ann Thaw | Howard Thaw | Peggy Walt

Previous Atlantic Jewish Film Festivals

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