Join Us for The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37

SFJFF 37

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present eight films at this year’s film festival!

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116 Cameras  in Jews in Shorts: Documentaries | directed by Davina Pardo

116 Cameras follows Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, as she goes through the unique process of transforming into 3D digital projection that will interact with generations to come. Eva reflects on how her role as a Holocaust speaker has changed over time, presenting an evocative exploration of memory, testimony and the future of storytelling.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Wednesday, August 2, 1:30 PM

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1945 | directed by Ferenc Török

August, 1945. Two Orthodox Jews arrive at a remote Hungarian train station. When the town gets wind of their arrival, rumors and fears spread that they may be heirs of the village’s denounced and deported Jews and will want their stolen property back. Shot in elegant black and white with a minimal evocative score, 1945 is a subtle and nuanced study in collective guilt, paranoia and anti-Semitism in postwar Hungary.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Wednesday, July 26 at 6:20 PM
CineArts at Palo Alto Square (Palo Alto) – Thursday, July 27, 6:10 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Saturday, July 29, 6:20 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael) – Monday, August 6, 2:10 PM

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Big Sonia | directed by Leah Warshawski

When you first catch sight of the light in her eyes, it is hard to imagine that Sonia Warshawski lived through one of the darkest periods of human history. Yet this 92-year-old, who drives herself to her tailoring business six days a week with a set of brightly painted fingernails and an equally vibrant smile, was forced to come of age in Auschwitz and now shares her story with school children and prisoners alike.
CineArts at Palo Alto Square (Palo Alto) – Saturday, July 22, 1:35 PM
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Sunday, July 23, 3:50 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Sunday, July 30, 2:00 PM

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Bye Bye Germany | directed by Sam Garbarski

“After World War II approximately 4,000 Jews stayed in Germany. Later, none of them could explain to their children why,” we learn in Sam Gabarski’s Bye Bye Germany. This stylized, humor-laced drama devotes itself to answering this question by portraying the lives of a sundry group of survivors who remain in Germany immediately after liberation and are led by a charismatic, top hat–wearing jokester.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Saturday, July 22, 6:40 PM
CineArts at Palo Alto Square (Palo Alto) – Tuesday, July 25, 6:20 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Friday, August 4, 6:40 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael) – Sunday, August 5, 6:20 PM

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Fanny’s Journey | directed by Lola Doillon

Riveting from the first frame to the last, Fanny’s Journey is the true and absorbing story of a 13-year-old girl who is separated from her parents in Nazi-occupied France. Fanny is brave and determined and leads her younger sisters and a group of Jewish children towards sanctuary in Switzerland. Expertly directed and well acted, the film emphasizes the resilience of these young heroes and is especially relevant in the present moment.
CineArts at Palo Alto Square (Palo Alto) – Saturday, July 22, 6:15 PM
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Tuesday, July 25, 8:55 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael) – Saturday, August 5, 4:35 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Sunday, August 6, 6:30 PM

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Intent to Destroy | directed by Joe Berlinger

One hundred years after 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire, Academy Award–nominated documentarian and this year’s Freedom of Expression Award recipient Joe Berlinger reveals the disturbing truth behind Turkey’s well-funded campaign of genocide denial, suppression and intimidation. Berlinger utilizes the filming of The Promise, a $100 million Hollywood film production ambitiously billed as the Armenian Schindler’s List, to explore this historical tragedy and its relevance to the barbaric genocides that followed.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Thursday, July 27, 6:00 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Saturday, July 29, 3:50 PM

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Paradise | directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

A compelling tale of loss, betrayal and redemption, Andrei Konchalovsky’s bold, black-and-white World War II drama won the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion and was Russia’s entry in the 2017 Academy Awards. Three lives fatefully intersect when Russian countess Olga is arrested for sheltering two Jewish boys in Nazi-occupied France. Echoing the intensity of Laszlo Nemes Son of Saul, Konchalovsky’s deeply spiritual vision is a major contribution to Holocaust cinema.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Saturday, July 29 at 3:45 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Wednesday, August 2, 8:15 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael) – Saturday, August 4, 3:50 PM

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Red Trees | directed by Marina Willer

The Willers were one of only 12 Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague. More remarkably, they survived openly as Jews. Red Trees is an exquisitely filmed essay that chronicles the family’s life in the Czech Republic, their narrow escape from the death camps and eventual emigration to Brazil; it is both a testament to the human will to survive as well as a celebration of diversity and acceptance.
Castro Theatre (San Francisco) – Tuesday, July 25, 4:20 PM
Albany Twin Theater (Albany) – Friday, August 4, 2:15 PM

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Posted by Admin on June 29, 2017