Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is in full swing this month with screenings throughout the city.

One of the films on display is the documentary "93QUEEN," the story of a group of Hasidic women in Brooklyn, New York who defied traditional gender roles and formed a volunteer EMT group.

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival was founded in the year 2000 and saw nearly as many visitors that first year. Since then, it's grown into the largest Jewish film festival in the world, now attracting tens of thousands of moviegoers each year.

The 2019 festival begins Wednesday, and it will showcase 76 films across 180 screenings over the next three weeks. The goal, organizers say, is to inspire "social and cultural understanding" among all communities. Hazel Gold, co-chair of the Film Evaluation Committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, joined "On Second Thought" to talk about how the showcase is curated.

Shawn Snyder, the director and co-writer of "To Dust," also joined the conversation on the line from New York. His film, a dark buddy comedy featuring actors Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, will be screened as a part of the 2019 line-up.

Today's show highlighted the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the upcoming Savannah Book Festival and the importance of foreign language education for Georgia students.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the State of the Union and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' Democratic response. We also heard from Patrick Wallace, program specialist for world languages and global workforce initiatives at the Georgia Department of Education, and Jacques Marcotte with the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. They discussed Georgia students' readiness for the global workforce through language learning.