Founded in 1995 and reanimating itself for 2014 tonight, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival brings nine days of Jewish and Israeli life, history, culture, and art to big screens all over town. Produced under the auspices of the Stroum Jewish Community Center, the 2014 SJFF features 25 films from 15 countries, starting with the opening-night feature The Zigzag Kid, based on Israeli author David Grossman's beloved adventure novel, and winner of best feature film at this year's Seattle Children's Film Festival. Elsewhere, SJFF casts a spotlight on true Jewish stories. Among the documentary subjects: Amy Winehouse, Neil Diamond, theater legend Joseph Papp, the Israeli winner of the Miss World pageant, and Jews who defended Wagner while that notorious anti-Semite was still alive. For a full schedule of film screenings, go here. For a review of but one SJFF film, see this week's Festive column.

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