Photo: Movie poster for the movie “SHTTL.”

SCHENECTADY–The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will kickoff its in-person 2023 Fall/Winter Jewish Film Festival with the film “SHTTL” directed by Ady Walter. The 109-minute film will be shown in Yiddish with English subtitles at the Center on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. After the viewing, Prof. Stephen Berk of Union College, will lead a discussion about the film.

“SHTTL” tells the story of the inhabitants of a Jewish Ukrainian village at the border of Poland 24 hours before a Nazi invasion, known as Operation Barbarossa. In the movie, a filmmaker returns from Kyiv to his rural village to marry the love of his life. He is expected to marry the rabbi’s daughter, which disrupts the balance of the whole town. This film presents a day in the life of a Jewish village just before it and villages like it are destroyed and disappear.

The 109-minute film will be shown in Yiddish with English subtitles.

A festival pass to watch “SHTTL” and the three other upcoming films, “iMordechi,” “First to Stand – The Cases and Causes of Irwin Cotler,” andRabbi on the Block” and to participate in the live discussions that follow are available to purchase for $25 for JCC members and $45 for non-members. Individual tickets for each film are $7 for JCC members and $12 for non-members.

Information may be obtained at or by contacting Judy Ben-Ami at [email protected].