NEWTON, Mass. — The 30th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival that kicked off last week is showcasing an array of movies that explore intriguing themes, including music, women in film, intimate first-person narratives, cross-cultural identities, and more.

The festival that opened Wednesday and runs through Nov. 19 features 41 films at 12 venues throughout greater Boston.

The festival opens with a screening of “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. The film includes performance excerpts, never-before-seen photographs, and interviews with renowned performers as it explores Davis’ life in the face of racial prejudice and his conversion to Judaism.

Another highlight includes a screening of the 1924 silent film “The City Without Jews,” which has been recently restored and has English subtitles.