The 12th annual Teaneck International Film Festival, a project of the Puffin Foundation, themed “Activism: Making Change,” begins on Thursday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Teaneck Cinemas, with a 25th anniversary restoration of “Daughters of the Dust.” The festival runs through November 5 and includes independent features, documentaries, and shorts, as well as talkbacks with filmmakers and actors.
Films include “Fanny’s Journey,” based on a true Holocaust story about the courage of children, sponsored by the Jewish Standard; and “Birthright: A War Story,” a documentary about the attack on women’s reproductive rights, sponsored by the Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women and by state Senator Loretta Weinberg.
The centerpiece event, “Celebrating Immigrants,” is set for Saturday, November 4, at 8 p.m. at Temple Emeth, with a screening of “Dolores.” The evening will include food and wine.
Bob McGrath, a familiar face on “Sesame Street,” will return to host Kid Flix Mix at the Puffin Cultural Forum, on Sunday, November 5, at 11:15 a.m. It’s 60 minutes of live and animated shorts for 4- to 8-year-olds.
Discounted tickets are available online at www.teaneckfilmfestival.org and will be sold at the TIFF table at Teaneck Cinemas on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 17, 19, 24, and 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and on Sundays, October 15, 22, and 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information, go to www.teaneckfilmfestival.org or call (201) 203-1723.