PORTLAND — Twenty-nine films are being shown over six days as the 16th annual Maine Jewish Film Festival kicks off in Portland.

The festival begins Saturday and continues through Thursday, with most films being shown in Portland. A select few are also being shown in Brunswick, Waterville and Bangor.

The festival each year arranges for movies that explore the Jewish experience through feature films, documentaries and shorts. Besides viewing films, participants will be able to meet and talk with filmmakers.

Since its start in 1998, the festival has shown more than 300 foreign and domestic films while selling more than 32,000 tickets. Schedule information can be found on the festival website, www.mjff.org.

More information can also be found in Thursday’s Go section: https://www.pressherald.com/life/go/sean-penn-as-a-goth-rocker-and-other-mjff-treats_2013-03-07.html

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