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While it is true that all of the films in the North Carolina Jewish Film Festival are either about Jewish culture or made by Jewish filmmakers, the range of films in the festival is extremely broad. You've got your documentaries, like Black to the Promised Land, in which 11 African-American students from Brooklyn make a temporary home in an Israeli kibbutz, or Best Man, the follow-up to the Academy-Award winning Best Boy, in which director Ira Wohl updates the story of his mentally handicapped cousin. You've got heart-rending dramas, like Jew-Boy Levi in which a German girl must choose between Nazi and Jewish boyfriends, and The Giraffe, in which director and star Dani Levy (pictured) finds his Jewish mother's death is eerily and tragically tied to his new girlfriend's familial past. Laugh-out-loud comedies, adorable shorts and classic films round out the offerings, although such breadth cannot begin to convey the incredible influence Judaism has had on our culture and on the world. The festival will begin Thursday night and continue through Sunday at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. See "Special Showings" for details.

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