The festival opens its second annual summer mini-series Aug. 10 at Thalian Hall.

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival normally runs in April, but for the second summer in a row it's adding a summer mini-series.

For three consecutive Thursdays in August, the WJFF has scheduled documentaries and foreign films at Thalian Hall. The series begins this week with "Rock in the Red Zone," a 2014 documentary about life in modern Israel. All three films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Thalian Hall's main stage.

Written, directed and produced by the American-Israeli filmmaker Laura Bialis, "Rock in the Red Zone" focuses on the Israeli town of Sderot in the Negev desert, just a mile from the Gaza Strip. (Bialis lived there for a number of years.)

Sderot is regularly under fire from missiles fired from the Palestinian-held Gaza. Residents, however, keep up morale, in large part through Sderot's booming music scene. Largely settled by Jews from North Africa, Sderot has spawned a unique and popular sound mixing elements of Moroccan music with Western rock.

The Aug. 17 feature is a 2015 German production, "The People vs. Fritz Bauer."

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The fact-based drama follows Bauer, a German prosecutor (the equivalent of a U.S. district attorney) and former concentration camp inmate who provided key information about the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. Eichmann was subsequently captured in Argentina and executed in Israel in 1962.

Coming on Aug. 24 will be the Dutch romantic comedy "Moos," a popular selection at the 2016 Cucalorus Film Festival. The title character, who's been devoted to caring for her aging father, is convinced by an old friend to try for her longtime dream of entering theater school.

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Launched in 2013, the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to bringing motion pictures with Jewish content to Southeastern North Carolina. For more information, go to WilmingtonJFF.org.

Reporter Ben Steelman can be reached at 910-343-2208 or Ben.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com.