In the Fall of 2019, in keeping with the Festival’s educational mission, we expanded our cultural outreach to include daytime screenings of an age-and theme-appropriate film for local public high school students including transportation as an enhancement of their 10th-grade English curriculum on the Holocaust. This program has been so successful that we get requests from home schooling parents to be included, which we gladly welcome.

Six hundred students from Ashley, Laney, New Hanover, Hoggard, and Wilmington Early College High Schools attended one of the two screenings held at Thalian Hall of the film Fanny’s Journey.  This year, the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival expanded the opportunity for high school students by offering screenings in both the spring and the fall to be able to include the greatest number of students. The film shown is based up the true story of Holocaust survivor Fanny Ben- Ami who led a group of children when she herself was only twelve years old from France to the Swiss border.


Henry Westreich, a lecturer at Cape Fear Community College whose parents were both Holocaust survivors, shared his story at one of the screenings. Glenn Tetterton,retired German and World History teacher from Ashley and New Hanover, led a discussion at the second screening.


The festival committee provided teachers with resource materials. For many students, moreover, viewing a film at historic Thalian Hall was a new experience.


The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with the Wilmington United Jewish Appeal and with the support of other community groups, is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is, through the screening of excellent films with Jewish content, to promote a deeper understanding of Jewish history and contemporary Jewish culture. We hope to inspire appreciation for the various forms of Jewish identity and to foster a warm sense of community.

We also wish to celebrate our heritage with the general public as we offer the larger community a forum for discussion, debate, and education on the range of Jewish experiences and themes portrayed in the films we screen.

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