Expand your world views during the annual festival hosted at Gonzaga University this weekend by Jewish Family Services of Spokane. Each of three international films featured this year address elements of Jewish culture from a range of perspectives. Thursday night’s film, Once in a Lifetime, shares how a French high school teacher gives her apathetic students a reality check with an assignment centered on child victims of the Holocaust. Saturday’s feature, Transit — the Philippines’ foreign-language entry for the upcoming Academy Awards — follows a refugee family living under the threat of deportation from their adopted home in Israel. Capping off the three-night showcase is The Kind Words, a comedy-drama about three Jewish-Israeli siblings who take a road trip across Europe to uncover truths about their family.
Thu, Jan. 19 and Sat, Jan. 21, at 7 pm; Sun, Jan. 22, at 2 pm • $7-$10/show; $18-$27/festival pass • Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center • 702 E. Desmet • sajfs.org