On the evening of 12 August, the curtain went up at Potsdam's Hans Otto Theater. The 27th Jewish Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg, which takes place from 12 to 22 August, opened with SHIVA BABY (Emma Seligman, 2020/US) and lots of glamour on the red carpet. Now the cinematic works of the JFBB programme will also shine on the screens in Berlin and Potsdam.

In bright sunshine, the new JFBB directors Doreen Goethe and Andreas Stein welcomed the JFBB guests on the red carpet in front of the Hans Otto Theatre. Here the JFBB programme collective, JFBB jury members (including Dani Levy and Yousef Sweid for the Feature Film Competition) as well as filmmakers represented at the JFBB such as Sharon Ryba-Khan (DISPLACED, DE/2020), Yael Reuveny (KINDER DER HOFFNUNG, DE/IL/2021) or Marc Boettcher (BELINA - MUSIC FOR PEACE) met.

The Minister President of Brandenburg and JFBB patron, Dietmar Woidke, underlined the special nature of the JFBB in the context of 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany: "We must continue to do everything we can to ensure that Jewish life is normal here in Germany, here with us in Brandenburg!" Warm words of greeting were also expressed by the political VIPs present alongside Woidke, including Matthias Platzeck, Chairman of the JFBB Board of Trustees and former Minister President of the State of Brandenburg, Christian Gaebler, State Secretary and representative for the Governing Mayor of Berlin and JFBB patron Michael Müller, and Potsdam's Mayor Mike Schubert.

The most beautiful festival phase has begun: for another ten days, the JFBB programme will bring not only feature films, documentaries and short films but also four internationally sought-after Israeli series to cinemas in Berlin and Potsdam.

Here is the JFBB programme