Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Preview: Young Professionals Night — Family Commitments




Family Commitments


PREVIEW:  Young Professionals Night, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Woodruff Arts Center, Saturday, February 11, 2017


Party at 7:00 PM • Film at 8:40 PM

Ethnic identity, family dysfunction and an unexpected pregnancy complicate the planned nuptials of an Arab-Jewish gay couple in the romantic comedy Family Commitments.

David and boyfriend Khaled (Maximilian von Pufendorf and Omar El-Saeidi) are ready to shatter one of the last great taboos of middle-class German society: a same-sex marriage between a Jew and a Muslim. Having dated for two years and deeply in love, the time is ripe to tie the knot. Nothing could stand in their way it seems, except for their parents: David’s overbearing mother (Maren Kroymann), and Khaled’s homophobic father (Ramin Yazdani). On top of all this, an old acquaintance (Franziska Brandmeier) turns up out of the blue, claiming to be pregnant with David’s baby. As the plot thickens, relationships are stretched to the breaking point by deceit, obfuscations and the struggles of the family business. The directorial debut of Hanno Olderdissen, Family Commitments mixes classic screwball comedy with eye-catching production design, a goofy fun soundtrack, and an inclusive multi-cultural worldview.

The screening on Saturday, February 11 at Woodruff Arts Center is presented by ACCESS Atlanta, American Jewish Committee’s young leadership division, and is reserved for festival-goers 40-years-old and under. The program will include a pre-film party with a cash bar.


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival runs through February 15. Follow the festival and get tickets at and @atljewishfilm on Twitter.


I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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