The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present seven films at this year’s film festival!
Be sure to use the promo code JFCSHC39 for a special deal. This code takes $2 off any regularly priced screening. We look forward to seeing you there!
Afterward | directed by Ofra Bloch
In this documentary, psychoanalyst and trauma expert Ofra Bloch meets with victims of trauma: German victims of the Holocaust, and Palestinians resisting the occupation of their lands. The powerful and thought-provoking film encourages a future of mutual forgiveness and reconciliation.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Friday, July 26, 1:15 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Saturday, July 27, 4:00 PM
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Carl Laemmle | directed by James Freedman
This film is the extraordinary story of Carl Laemmle, the German-Jewish immigrant who practically invented the movie business when he founded Universal Pictures in 1912. However, he sold it in 1936 in order to battle Adolf Hitler’s government, confronting the anti-Semitic US State Department and rescuing over 300 Jewish refugee families from Nazi Germany.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Friday, July 19 at 11:30 AM
CineArts at Palo Alto Square (Palo Alto) – Saturday, July 20, 11:30 AM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Saturday, July 27, 12:00 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael) – Friday, August 2, 2:10 PM
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Curtiz | directed by Tamas Topolanszky
Set in 1942, this film is a noir-ish dramatization of the making of Hungarian film director Michael Curtiz’s most famous film, Casablanca. As America prepares to enter World War 2, Curtiz grapples with the film’s troubled production while also saving his relatives in Hungary from Nazi rule.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Saturday, July 20, 6:00 PM
CineArts (Palo Alto) – Wednesday, July 24, 8:30 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Saturday, July 27, 6:40 PM
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Henri Dauman: Looking Up | directed by Peter Jones
As one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century, self-taught Henri Dauman took the international photojournalism scene by storm with his cinematic images that redefined the methods of capturing historical icons. Leaving behind his past as an orphaned Holocaust survivor, Dauman created a new life for himself in New York City, where his timeless style quickly gained momentum amidst high society and celebrity culture. Exploring both the photographer’s traumatic past and the contrasting vibrancy of the city that would define his work, director Peter Jones’s film is a testament to the resilience and perseverance of the man behind the camera.
CineArts (Palo Alto) – Thursday, July 25, 11:40 AM
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Friday, July 26, 11:15 AM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Wednesday, July 31, 1:30 PM
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Made in Auschwitz: The Untold Story of Block 10 | directed by Sylvia Nagel & Sonya Winterberg
This chilling documentary uses survivor testimonies, archival footage, and legal records to tell the story of the young women and girls who underwent medical experimentation in Auschwitz under Carl Clauberg, a sadistic gynecologist.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Tuesday, July 23, 4:00 PM
CineArts (Palo Alto) – Wednesday, July 24, 12:30 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Thursday, August 1, 1:15 PM
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My Polish Honeymoon | directed by Elise Otzenberger
This romantic comedy becomes a complex journey of self-discovery when young French newlyweds Adam and Anna travel to Poland for a ceremony in memory of Adam’s grandfather’s Jewish village. As they travel, the couple has to grapple with the past as well as present-day anti-Semitism.
CineArts (Palo Alto) – Saturday, July 20, 6:10 PM
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Tuesday, July 23, 8:55 PM
Albany Twin (Albany) – Tuesday, July 30, 6:25 PM
Smith Rafael – Sunday, August 4, 11:45 AM
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You Only Die Twice | directed by David Deri & Yair Lev
When Israeli filmmaker Yair Lev’s mother receives an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems a stroke of good fortune. But when a second death certificate for her father is found, the filmmaker turns detective as he uncovers the secret history of his grandfather and the man who stole his grandfather’s indentity. This gripping story unfolds in surprising and moving ways, challenging assumptions about human behavior during the holocaust.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Wednesday, July 24 at 11:30 AM
CineArts (Palo Alto) – Thursday, July 25, 1:40 PM
Albany Twin (Albany) – Monday, July 29, 1:30 PM
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