Ponce & Peachtree -February 2019

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 29, No. 2 • FEBRUARY 2019 Perimeter College Faculty Speak at WWI Symposium at Georgia Tech Lora Mirza and Paul Hudson (left) co-present surprising data as session moderator Dr. John Morrow of UGA looks on. (Photo by Usman Mirza) The years 2017-2018 were stimulating for Hometown News writer Dr. Paul Hudson, Professor of History (Social Sciences Clarkston) and Lora Mirza, Professor Emerita (Library Services Dunwoody), both of Georgia State Uni- versity Perimeter College, who contributed significantly to the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission. In October 2018 Lora and Paul co-presented at an all-day event at Georgia Tech, sponsored by the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs of the Ivan Allen College of Lib- eral Arts. Entitled “The United States in World War I: A Symposium Commemorating the Centennial of the Great War,” it was one of the concluding observances in Georgia on the 100-year WW I anniversary, which ended in 2018. Continued on page 5 Jewish Film Festival Returns for Stellar 19th Year The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival [AJFF] returns for its nineteenth year in February. With 180 screenings scheduled over 21 days, the festival will showcase 76 films from 24 countries. The mission is “to entertain and engage diverse audiences with film through a Jewish lens while simultaneously challenging conventional perspec- tives on culture and history, life in Israel, and the work of Jewish artists.” The 76 films cover a huge variety of genres. They range from drama to comedy, romance, horror, documen- taries and biographies. AJFF executive director Kenny Blank states, “We’re proud to bring audiences a lineup that will not only be exhilarating but also challenging and compelling.” The films include world, United States and regional premieres. Many will also be purely entertain- ing, like the Danish romance film, “A Fortunate Man,” and “It Must Schwing!: The Blue Note Story” from Germany. James Caan stars in the comedic family drama “Holy Lands.” Biographic films follow the lives of Joseph Pulitzer and Benjamin Netanyahu. Among the many other topics covered are also the LGBTQ experience, social justice and anti-semitism. With so many offerings, the venues are also wide- spread. They encompass the new Sandy Springs Perform- ing Arts Center, Woodruff Arts Center, Regal Perimeter Pointe, UA Tara cinemas, Regal Atlantic Station and Continued on page 9