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commercial cinema. We love giving you the thrill of seeing, perhaps for the very first time on screen, people like yourselves, and with whom you closely identify. But we want to go further, and encourage you to learn how others see you and, as importantly, to learn what you share with people very

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different from you.

Dan Wohlfeiler, President Susie Coliver, Vice President Lela Sarnat, Secretary

This year we have the opportunity to see ourselves through the eyes of 11 filmmakers under 30

Leyna Bernstein, Treasurer

(WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH, TREMBLING BEFORE G-D, IT WILL ALL END IN TEARS, FIGHTER, THE SEVENTH DAY, THE BICYCLE, GRRLY SHOW, ABE'S MANHOOD and SHORTS ABOUT LOVE AND WAR).

Gila Almagor Michael Ehrenzweig

We're also pleased to introduce and welcome an even younger generation of filmmakers. With the

Susan Freundlich

launch of the New Jewish Film Project (see page 15), 12 talented Bay Area teenagers will join our

Elisabeth Friedman

audience as they prepare to make their own film, which we will show at the San Francisco Jewish

Deborah Hoffmann

Film Festival in 2002.

Julie Iny Valerie Joseph Sarah Kugelman

We continue our exploration of how North African Jewish culture has affected France, the country

John Kurtz

with the third largest Jewish population (ONCE WE GROW UP and CIRCUMCISION). Latin American

Lital Levy

Jews also play an important role in this year's Festival, with three bittersweet portrayals of

Sara Newman

Argentine-Jewish culture in Buenos Aires (WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH and THE SEVENTH DAY) and

Douglas Okun

Israel (IT WILL ALL END IN TEARS).

Josh Rosen Seth Safier Peter Samis

This year we bring you stories which give us insight into the increasingly distressing situation in the

Marian Sofaer

Middle East (PROMISES, TIME OF FAVOR, THE JAHALIN and STREET UNDER FIRE). We’ve invited former

Peter Stein

deputy mayor of Jerusalem Meron Benvenisti to join us after the screening of PROMISES (SF only).

Corey Weinstein Steven Zipperstein

We close this year's Festival in San Francisco with what the directors of the Sundance Film Festival called "a film of unparalleled scope." TREMBLING BEFORE G-D is a rousing portrayal of lesbian and

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gay life within Orthodox and Hasidic communities.

Jim Hoberman Annette Insdorf Deborah Kaufman

Due to the closure of the UC Theatre, our East Bay home of 13 years, and the restructuring of

Gary Meyer

Landmark Theatres on the Peninsula, we present the Festival at two new venues: the beautifully

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restored Fox Theatre in Redwood City and Wheeler Auditorium at UC Berkeley.

Alan Snitow

We are grateful to the businesses that have chosen to support us, and encourage you to support

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them. We also thank you, our audience of more than 33,000, for your ongoing support. See you

Janis Plotkin, Director

at the movies!

Samuel Ball, Associate Director Elizabeth Jouan Greene, Administrative Director

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OPENING NIGHT FILM

ONCE WE GROW UP

U NI TED STAT ES P RE M IE R E France, 2000, 35mm, 92 min. French with English subtitles Director: Renaud Cohen

This delightful romantic comedy tells the story of a 30-year-old journalist, Simon, who is struggling to build a family and trying to understand how his Algerian Jewish roots affect his place in contemporary, multicultural Paris. As the film begins, Simon is torn between his job at Tobacco Monthly and his long-distance relationship with his girlfriend Christine. He also has a distant relationship with his father Isaac, whom he sees all the time. When he is not worrying about whether he and Christine will have a child, he is rescuing his grandmother from danger. She has taken to wandering the Paris streets, convinced she is back in Algeria. When Simon meets his pregnant neighbor Claire, a fellow North African Jew who is neglected by her Ashkenazi (European-Jewish) husband, his life takes an unexpected turn. Matthieu Demy (JEANNE ET LE GARÇON FORMIDABLE) plays the lead role beautifully, with humor and a charm that is more than skin deep. Amira Casars, who won a French Oscar for her supporting role in WOULD I LIE TO YOU? (2000 SFJFF), is enchanting as Claire. The fine ensemble cast includes Marie Payen as Simon’s lesbian friend who experiments (unsuccessfully) with men, Julien Boisselier as a straight white guy who wants (also haplessly) to be Senegalese, and Eric Bonicatto as a frustrated boxer. ONCE WE GROW UP is the first feature film from a talented young director with a soft touch. F I LM M AK E R IN P ER SON AT CASTRO TH E ATRE

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM

TREMBLING BEFORE G-D

BAY A RE A P R E M IE RE Israel/United States, 2000, 35mm, 94 min. English/Hebrew/Yiddish Director: Sandi DuBowski "A man who lies with a man as one lies with a woman, they have both done an abomination: they shall be put to death, their blood is on them." Leviticus 10:13

This unprecedented feature documentary shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma — how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the clear-cut Biblical prohibition that forbids homosexuality. As the film unfolds, we meet a range of complex individuals: the world's first openly gay Orthodox rabbi; closeted, married Hasidic gays and lesbians; Orthodox lesbian high-school sweethearts and out lesbian and gay people who were abandoned by religious families. One gay man asks the admired local Rabbi Joseph Langer of the Bay Area’s ultra-Orthodox Chabad movement for an answer to his quandary. Vividly shot with a courageous few over five years in Brooklyn, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, London, Miami and San Francisco, TREMBLING BEFORE G-D is a project with global implications that strikes at the very essence of religious identity and tradition in a modern world. What emerges is a loving and fearless testament to faith and an affirmation of the universal struggle to belong. 20 0 1 S U NDA N CE F IL M FEST IVA L; 20 01 BE RLI N FI LM F ESTIVAL , TE DDY AWARD, B EST D OCUME NTARY F I LM M AK E R A N D TWO GU ESTS FROM TH E F ILM — DAV ID SILV ERSTEI N AND THE F IR ST OP ENLY GAY ORTHODOX RAB BI STE V E G REE NB E RG — IN P E RSON

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OBSESSED WITH JEWS BAY A RE A P R E M IE RE United States, 1999, video, 9 min., English Director: Jeff Krulik

This is a quirky and utterly delightful tour of Neil Keller’s astounding collection of memorabilia: a surprising and funny visual record of famous Jews. Keller picks up where Adam Sandler’s CHANUKAH SONG (1996 SFJFF) leaves off!

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WO R L D P R E M I E R E O F A N E W S CO R E BY DA N I E L H O F F M A N A N D T H E S A N F RA N C I S CO K L E Z M E R E X P E R I E N C E

JEWISH LUCK

Russia, 1925, 35mm, 90 min. Black & White, Silent Director: Alexander Granovsky

This classic of Soviet cinema is a very funny adaptation of Sholom Aleichem’s story, "Mendel the Matchmaker." It is also the film debut of the great Yiddish State Art Theatre actor, Solomon Mikhoels, who was considered the greatest living Yiddish actor of his time. Mikhoel’s character study of Mendel as a Chaplinesque figure – lovable, tragic and comic – has been called one of the finest performances in cinema history. Mendel is a luftmensch (one who buys and sells dreams) who, by chance, becomes a matchmaker and experiences one hilarious calamity after another. This film features a luminous dream sequence on the Odessa Steps that became the inspiration for the famous scene in Sergei Eisenstein’s POTEMKIN, which was shot on the same location. Both films were photographed by Eduard Tisse. Following the success of last year's THE GOLEM, with music by Daniel Hoffman, we have invited back this Bay Area musician and composer. He performs JEWISH LUCK with the San Francisco Klezmer Experience (Ben Goldberg, clarinets; Daniel Hoffman, violin; Jeanette Lewicki, accordion; Kevin Mummey, drums; Stephen Saxon, trumpets, alto horn; Richard Saunders, bass; Charlie Seavey, trombone). The SFKE's infectious blend of Bay-Area-roots-klezmer, Yiddish folk and art song, and improvisational jazz has earned them a place amongst the most exciting new bands in New Jewish Music. Created by Daniel Hoffman for the American Conservatory Theater's 1996 production of the hit klezmer musical, "Shlemiel The First," the SFKE boasts an all-star roster of nationally recognized and innovative Bay Area klezmer musicians.

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ALAN BERLINER RETROSPECTIVE The recipient of six Emmy nominations and three Emmy awards, Alan Berliner is a genius of found footage and archival sound, who creates playful visual essays that reveal deep psychological truths about memory and family history. His work has been exhibited at the most prestigious film festivals and museums and is included in the permanent collections of universities, libraries and museums throughout the world.

INTIMATE STRANGER United States, 1991, 16mm, 60 min., Color, English Director: Alan Berliner

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NOBODY'S BUSINESS United States, 1996, 16mm, 60 min., Color, English Director: Alan Berliner

Berliner bookends his highly regarded INTIMATE STRANGER with another funny, poignant, densely textured look at family and personality: a chronicle of the life of Oscar Berliner, Alan's father. The film resembles a verbal slapstick duet that finds humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son. Oscar is a reluctant subject, very much alive and hilariously cranky. Ultimately this complex portrait is a meeting of the minds - where past meets present, generations collide and the boundaries of family life are pushed, pulled, stretched, torn and, surprisingly, also healed. 1988 EMMY AWARD; GOLDEN SPIRE, GOLDEN GATE AWARD, 1997 SF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; FILM CRITICS, CALIGARI PRIZE; ECUMENICAL JURY PRIZE, 1997 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL EVENT CODE

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THE SWEETEST SOUND BAY A R E A PRE M IE RE United States, 2001, 16mm, 60 min., English Director: Alan Berliner

Berliner dives headfirst into the American name pool in search of the treasure and dangers hidden inside the words "Alan Berliner." The filmmaker invites all the Alan Berliners in the world (including Alain Berliner, director of MA VIE EN ROSE) to his home for dinner — with hilarious results. What starts as a search for an identity turns into a meditation on mortality. Along the way, Berliner confronts his parents about the origin of his name and visits the Jim Smith Society, the National Linda Convention and the streets of New York. He also stumbles upon some surprising news about name changes at Ellis Island. This film leaves us with a greater sense of how all our identities are inescapably shaped by the name we go by. It has Berliner's inimitable filmmaking signature written all over it. EVENT CODE

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INTIMATE STRANGER is a personal, yet global investigation filled with the conflicting memories of a fractious family. Combining biography, personal inquiry, 20th century history and striking home movies, it is a stunning and totally original memoir of Berliner's elusive grandfather, Joseph Cassuto. The Cassuto family, expelled from Spain in 1492, wandered first to Italy and then to Palestine before settling in Egypt early in this century. Made 20 years after Joseph's death, the film, says Berliner:" ...walks the fine line between sorting the family dirty laundry and polishing the precious jewel."


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BROWNSVILLE BLACK AND WHITE

BAY A R E A P RE M I E RE United States, 2000, video, 60 min., English/Hebrew/Russian w/Eng. subtitles Director: Elan Frank

WEST COAST P RE MI ER E United States, 2000, 16mm, 88 min., English Director: Richard Broadman

In July 1998, one thousand young musicians representing 11 youth philharmonic orchestras from around the world gathered to form the "Orchestra of the World." Under the baton of Russian maestro Valerie Gergeyev, the youth, representing East and West, friend and foe, offered stirring renditions of Mussorgsky and Tchaikowsky to a worldwide television audience. For the teens this was a once-in-a-lifetime night to remember. Among the performers were the members of the Young Israeli Philharmonic, many of whom where born in the former Soviet Union. Israeliborn filmmaker Elan Frank draws us into the stories and insights of young Israeli-Russian musicians, most of whom are returning to the land of their birth for the first time. In the end, the music bridges a chasm between past and future.

This is a stirring, unsentimental examination of group cooperation, social conflict, urban change and more than 60 years of Black/Jewish relations in the working-class Brooklyn community of Brownsville. The film begins by describing how a group of poor Jewish and African-American teenagers banded together to form the Brownsville Boys Club in order to to solve a simple problem: the lack of available space in which to play ball. The club fielded integrated sports teams (years before Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers) and organized even more controversial social "mixers." The second part of the film sheds new light on the struggle over control of Brownsville's public schools, which culminated in the famous 1968 standoff between minority residents and the predominantly Jewish United Federation of Teachers. Finally, the film examines the disintegration of Brownsville following a disastrous policy of urban renewal. BROWNSVILLE, the last work of renowned populist filmmaker Richard Broadman (1947-2000), features poignant personal testimony, painstakingly researched archival images and striking contemporary footage. The humane guiding spirit of its director makes it a rare treat. Executive producer Laurann Black and a talented team of Broadman’s former students brought this film to completion following his untimely death.

TSIPA AND VOLF WO R L D PRE M I E RE United States, 2001, video, 20 min., English/Russian with English subtitles Director: Daniel Gamberg

A grandson creates a loving portrait of his elderly grandparents, Tsipa and Volf Gamberg. Over a period of six years, San Francisco filmmaker Daniel Gamberg lets them tell their own story of love, loss, and love again. EVENT CODE

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U NI T E D STAT ES PR EM I E RE France, 2000, video, 52 min., English/French with English subtitles Director: Nurith Aviv

This taboo-breaker by veteran Israeli filmmaker and internationally renowned camerawoman Nurith Aviv (MAKOM AVODA, 1998) is an edifying and at times very funny comparison of the meaning of circumcision across cultures. Aviv focuses on non-religious people who come from backgrounds in which the operation is routinely practiced. Interview subjects include North African and European Jews, Arabs, Christian Americans and ethnically mixed couples, all of whom come from left-wing secular backgrounds. They speak frankly about complex, contradictory emotions and discuss the difficult decisions they have made or might make for their sons. All reveal a surprisingly deep, often troubled, ambivalence about the ritual act of severance which, paradoxically, connects Jewish males to their People. "A PROVOCATIVE DOCUMENTARY IN WHICH MEN, NAKED BEFORE THE CAMERA, SPEAK ABOUT THEIR PENIS IN RAW TERMS . . . THIS FILM SHEDS LIGHT ON THE TANGLED ROOTS OF CULTURE AND COMMUNITY." - LE MONDE

France, 1998, 35mm, 110 min., French with English subtitles Director: Gilles Bourdos

Based on a true story, this tense, erotic thriller captures the wild atmosphere of Paris’ bohemian avant-garde and the mood of uncertainty in radical political circles during the years preceding World War II. The young Jewish poet, blue-collar printer and Trotskyist revolutionary Alfred Katz falls in love with Mila, the famous Man Ray model. He also befriends a handsome and ambitious Stalinist revolutionary, Félix, one of Mila’s lovers. Their ménage à trois has a strong homo-erotic component. But when the pro-Stalin French Communist Party imposes a crackdown on Trotskyists, the relationship between Félix and Katz shifts, and Katz suddenly finds himself in danger. The film alternates between the late 1930s and 1989, when a Parisian woman, Louise, finds a diary that belonged to her murdered lover, who happens to be Katz’s son. She is thrust into the role of detective, bravely untangling a political and romantic intrigue that arouses violent passions. F ILM MAKER I N P ER SON AT CASTRO THEATR E

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U NI T E D STAT ES PR EM I E RE Canada, 2000, 35mm, 15 min., English Director: Aubrey Nealon

Twenty-four-year-old Abraham Evans is anxious to define himself once and for all as an adult, as a man. To this end, he has devised his own personal rite of passage. This wonderfully original short feature ponders the meaning of tradition in post-modern society and casts a satiric eye on spirituality in West Coast culture. "OFFERS BITTERSWEET INSIGHT INTO THE DREAD OF GROWING UP AND FACING THE WORLD.... PROMPTS BOTH SMILES AND WINCES." - TORONTO STAR EVENT CODE

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FAMILY SECRET

FIGHTER

France/United States, 2000, 35mm, 58 min., French/Hebrew/Romanian w/Eng. subtitles Director: Pola Rapaport

Filmmaker Pola Rapaport tells the story of a surprising discovery in her own family. More than 25 years after the death of her father, a Romanian-born doctor practicing in the U.S, she received a letter from a stranger in Bucharest "looking for a trace of the Dr. Ionel Rapaport family." So begins the adventure linking them together in the most intimate relationship she has experienced since her childhood. Using scenes of reunion, letters written by Pola and her brother and startlingly beautiful images of Paris, Romania and New York, the filmmaker welcomes the viewer into the warmth of the Rapaport family. As West meets East, the film proves both how foreign and how similar longlost relatives can appear to one another. PRECEDED BY

STILL (STILLE) U NI T E D STAT ES PRE M IE RE United States, 2001, Beta SP, 25 min., English Director: Wendy Oberlander

Video artist Wendy Oberlander (NOTHING TO BE WRITTEN HERE, 1997 SFJFF) takes us back to the world of assimilated German-speaking Jews during the 1930s. Sixty years after exile, Wendy returns with her mother to Berlin and finds the dissonance of her family’s Diaspora playing in real time. This video is an indelible montage of faces that pieces together the inheritance she received from her mother’s story. F I LM M A K E R IN PER SON AT CAST RO THE ATRE EVENT CODE

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SAN FRAN CISCO PR EM I ERE United States, 2000, 35mm, 91 min., Czech/English with English subtitles Director: Amir Bar-Lev

Two exceptional men set out to revisit Europe and their pasts. The story follows a 77-year-old boxer, Jan Weiner, and a 72-year-old professor, author and filmmaker, Arnost Lustig, as they reminisce about romance, humor and the life and death situations they faced fifty years ago. From Prague to Slovenia and Italy, the filmmaker travels with them as they retrace their steps. By combining spontaneous action with reflective conversations and archival footage, Bar-Lev weaves a complex portrait of men who lived an astonishing youth. They tell stories about playing soccer while waiting to be gassed in Auschwitz and losing their virginity the night before being transported to a camp. The film includes rare archival footage never before seen by western audiences. From eerily familiar footage of the 1942 bombing of Yugoslavia, to kitsch socialist musicals, this powerful, heartfelt and funny document serves as a respectful nod to an aging generation of World War II survivors. F ILM MAKER I N P ER SO N EVENT CODE

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JEWISH GIRLS IN SHORTS

BAY A R E A PRE MI E R E South Africa, 1998, 35mm, 98 min., English Director: Neal Sundstrom

PASSENGERS

This thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy provides an interesting glimpse at the current state of relations between Jews, and Christians of all colors in White South African popular culture. A fast-talking, down-onher heels comedienne named Hazel Levine causes an uproar when she decides to integrate the performance of a Nativity play in a small, desert town. When she becomes romantically involved with Tertius, a handsome white farmer, she discovers that change is a two-way street.

Canada, 2000, 35mm, 15 min., Color and Black and White, English Director: Francine Zuckerman

Evocative and dreamlike, PASSENGERS is a compelling and moving exploration of the relationship between a daughter and her father as she matures from childhood to adulthood. On the day of his funeral, she draws on the legacy of his love in order to come to terms with her own sexual identity. WITH

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GRRLY SHOW

BAY AR E A PR EM IE RE Israel, 2000, video, 50 min., Hebrew with English subtitles Director: Gonen Glaser

United States, 2000, video, 18 min., English Director: Kara Herold

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Maria wants to bring her lesbian girlfriend into her usually warm and supportive ArgentineanIsraeli family. But the typically liberal family reacts harshly to her unwavering declaration of love for a woman. While reflecting on social conventions of masculinity, femininity and companionship, this film centers on one family’s process of coping and coming to terms with their daughter’s sexual preference.

This inventive documentary looks at the proliferation of alternative magazines published by women and explores the movement's relationship to contemporary feminist (including Jewish feminist) culture. In keeping with the "girl zine" technique of reclaiming traditionally male print culture and giving it a feminist twist, local filmmaker Kara Herold hilariously appropriates the campy style of 1950s educational films to deliver a message: go out and do it yourself! AND

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WATCHING YOU... UN ITE D STATES PR EM IE RE Israel, 2000, Beta SP, 32 min., Hebrew with English subtitles Director: Stephanie Abramovich

Sharon is a single mother with a possessive girlfriend and a controlling boss. She escapes her reality by watching and photographing her attractive neighbor, Michal, who lives across the street. One magical night brings these two women together, giving each the strength to make essential changes in their lives. The film stars Avital Dicker (LIFE ACCORDING TO AGFA, 1993 SFJFF). EVENT CODE

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IN LOV I N G M EM ORY OF DE BRA PLOT KIN, PLAY FUL LOVE R O F L IFE .

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KEY FROM SPAIN

PRECEDED BY

KIPPUR

BAY A R E A PRE M IE RE United States, 2000, video, 40 min., English/Ladino with English subtitles Directors: Mischa Livingstone, Ankica Petrovic

BAY ARE A PR EM IE RE France/Israel, 2000, 35mm, 123 min., Hebrew with English subtitles Director: Amos Gitai

Flory Jagoda, born into a Sephardic family in Bosnia, was given the gift of music by her mother. This documentary includes a trove of Ladino songs from medieval Spain beautifully interpreted by this gifted singer and storyteller, who now lives in the United States. Raised in the Jewish community of Sarajevo, which was 12,000 strong before the war, Flory and her immediate family fled when the Nazis occupied her country in 1941. After the war, she wrote a collection of songs that chronicles her people’s fate. The film follows her return to Sarajevo to deliver a stirring performance following the siege of 1992.

It is October 5, 1973, and all is quiet in Israel as the country slows down to a halt for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the holiest of Jewish holidays. Suddenly, sirens blare and news spreads of an attack by Syria. The camera follows Weinraub from the arms of his lover that fateful morning to the chaos on the northern Golan Heights. Initial excitement and enthusiasm give way to weariness and disgust as he encounters the unglamorous and often monotonous face of war. Visually stunning depictions bring home the visceral feeling of combat while the use of silence conveys a kind of solitude and, paradoxically, heightens the experience of unbearable explosions and human cries. Based on his own memories of military service in the 1973 war, KIPPUR is Gitai’s most autobiographical and meditative film to date. It is a masterpiece that should be included in the pantheon of great anti-war films like THE THIN RED LINE and THE DEER HUNTER.

THE CROSS INSCRIBED IN THE STAR OF DAVID Poland, 2000, video, 28 min., Polish with English subtitles Director: Grzegorz Linkowski

A Jewish mother from the ghetto of Swieciany, Poland, hands over her six-day-old baby to her Polish neighbor saying: "You are a believing Christian... with faith in Jesus. He was a Jew. Save this Jewish infant in the name of the Jew you believe in. Once the baby grows up you will live to see him become a priest." Father Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel, unaware of his Jewish mother’s plea, fulfilled a prophecy by entering the seminary. This is his story.

Certainly the most prolific and internationally renowned of Israeli directors, Gitai started out as an architecture student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the mid-1970s. At that time he began making short films and spent many an evening at the Pacific Film Archive (PFA).

F I LM M AK E R S I N PERSON

FILMMAKER’S 25-YEAR CAREER WITH A RETROSPECTIVE: "THE CINEMA OF AMOS

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THESE SFJFF SCREENINGS, THE PFA IS MARKING THE GITAI." FROM JULY 3 TO AUGUST 2, PFA WILL PRESENT 15 OF GITAI'S FILMS. FOR

20 0 0 SA N F RAN CI SCO I N TERN ATION A L FI LM F ESTIVA L

MORE INFORMATION CALL 510-642-1412. FOR TICKET INFORMATION CALL 510-642EVENT CODE

5249. THE PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE HAS A NEW THEATRE AT 2575 BANCROFT WAY AT BOWDITCH, IN BERKELEY.

CASTRO THEATRE, WEDNESDAY JULY 25

2:00PM

KEYFS25

WHEELER AUDITORIUM, SUNDAY JULY 29

11:00AM

KEYFS29

CANNES, TORONTO, 2000 NEW YORK AND TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVALS EVENT CODE

CASTRO THEATRE, WEDNESDAY JULY 25

9:30PM

KIPPU25

WHEELER AUDITORIUM, SATURDAY JULY 28

8:30PM

KIPPU28

FOX - REDWOOD CITY, SUNDAY JULY 29

2:30PM

KIPPU29

RAFAEL FILM CENTER, SUNDAY AUGUST 5

8:30PM

KIPPU05

UND E RWRI TT E N BY RI V KA AND KOB I TAL , AND A LO NA AND EL I BA RK AT

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THE KOMEDIANT

PRECEDED BY

LOUBA'S GHOSTS

U NI T E D STAT ES PR E M IE RE Israel, 1999, 35 mm, 81 min., English/Yiddish with English subtitles Director: Arnon Goldfinger

WEST COAST P RE MI ER E France, 2001, 35mm, 107 min., French with English subtitles Director: Martine Dugowson

This entertaining documentary portrait follows the amazing Burstyn Family, a popular Yiddish vaudeville troupe, on an incredible journey from Europe, through Israel and South America all the way to New York’s Second Avenue. It features on-screen interviews with the totally original Pesach Burstyn, who was discovered in Europe by the great Boris Tomachevsky (grandfather of SF Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas). Rare clips from dramatic films, musicals and family home movies with wife Lilian Lux and children Mike and Susan are interspersed with on-and-off stage gossip about the last remaining icons of Yiddish theater’s Golden Age. The Burstyns are gifted storytellers and this film regales us with funny anecdotes and poignant observations on what it’s like to live as a family of performing artists, constantly on the road. A must-see for lovers of Yiddish musical theater young and old, featuring Fivush Finkel and other stars of the Yiddish stage.

Martine Dugowson, director of the critical and box office success MINA TANNENBAUM (1995 SFJFF), reconnects with her favorite actress, Elsa Zylberstein (Louba as an adult). Together they fuel the film’s powerful exploration of female rivalry. As an orphaned teenager, Louba is taken in by a kindly family in the French countryside and develops an unusually passionate relationship with her stepsister Jeanie. The erotic tension between the two girls progressively channels itself into a fierce attachment for a boy, the sultry, romantic Charlie. A lurid tale of love and betrayal ensues. Years later, as young adults living in contemporary Paris, the three cross paths again. Julia Levy-Boeken turns in a fine performance as the young Louba struggling to find herself in the shadow of her sexy non-Jewish stepsister.

MI K E B UR ST Y N I N P ER SON

CASTRO THEATRE, MONDAY JULY 23

1:00PM

LOUBA23

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3:30PM

LOUBA28

RAFAEL FILM CENTER, SUNDAY AUGUST 5

U NI T E D STAT ES PRE M IE RE Sweden, 1999, 35mm, 4 min., Yiddish with English subtitles Director: Brita Landoff

MTV meets Stockholm’s version of Second Avenue in a delightfully schmaltzy, post-modern rendition of the Yiddish folk song "Mein hertz gehert zum tatn," performed by Swedish actress Basia Frydman. EVENT CODE

11:00AM

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FOX - REDWOOD CITY, SUNDAY JULY 29

MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY

CASTRO THEATRE, SUNDAY JULY 22

JUL I A LE VY-BOE KEN IN PE RSON

12:00PM

LOUBA29

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PE NI NSULA O PE NIN G SCREEN IN G UN DE RW RI TT EN BY T HE SARAH RATCHYE AN D ED FRANK FAM ILY FO UN DAT ION


LOVE INVENTORY

ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN

U NI T E D STAT ES PRE M I ERE Israel, 2000, 35mm, 93 min., Hebrew with English subtitles Director: David Fisher

England/Spain, 2000, 35mm, 102 min., English Director: Karl Francis

In this funny and bittersweet documentary, veteran Israeli filmmaker David Fischer turns the camera on his own unique family as it fights for its very existence. After the death of their father, Fischer, his three brothers and his sister learn of the existence of an older sister, who has disappeared. She was the twin of their eldest brother, who died in infancy in 1951. As the filmmaker dissects a tangled web of relationships, he uncovers a dark family secret that is also representative of Israel’s own difficult birth pains. Fischer adroitly follows the twists and turns of his investigation and tenderly portrays his completely unique and delightful siblings, who are united by love and a profound, mutual respect. The result is a deeply satisfying, multi-layered journey through several tumultuous months in the emotional life of a family. F I LM M A K E R IN PER SON

PRECEDED BY

THE BICYCLE

Set at the height of the Cold War in the fifties, ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN examines the personal struggle and triumph of film director Herbert Biberman in his crusade to continue his career in the face of the McCarthy-led blacklist. At its most personal, Biberman’s story is a compelling drama of individual perseverance and familial sacrifice and, at its most political, a conspiracy thriller and ever-relevant testament to societal paranoia and hate mongering. Biberman and his wife, Academy Award-winning actress Gale Sondergaard, refused to name names and stood by their acknowledged communist beliefs. As a result, Biberman was cited for contempt of Congress, sentenced to jail and forced out of the Directors Guild of America. Resolved to fight back, he made the film THE SALT OF THE EARTH which, in 1992, was among the first 100 films to be placed in the Library of Congress. With Jeff Goldblum, Greta Scacchi and Angela Molina. 2001 SAN F RAN CISCO INTER NATIO NAL FI L M FEST IVAL F ILM MAKER I N P ER SON

U NI T E D STAT ES PR EM I E RE Israel, 2000, 16mm, 24 min., Hebrew with English subtitles Director: Ronen Menachem

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Yemenite-Israeli film student Ronen Menachem follows in the footsteps of Vittorio de Sica’s classic THE BICYCLE THIEF. Here too, a father resorts to bicycle theft for the sake of his son. 20 0 1 B E R LI N FIL M FEST I VA L

CASTRO THEATRE, SATURDAY JULY 21

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ONEOF21

WHEELER AUDITORIUM, SATURDAY JULY 28

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ONEOF28

FOX - REDWOOD CITY, SUNDAY JULY 29

5:15PM

ONEOF29

RAFAEL FILM CENTER, SUNDAY AUGUST 5

4:00PM

ONEOF05

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5:30PM

LOVEI31

FOX - REDWOOD CITY, THURSDAY AUGUST 2

3:00PM

LOVEI02

U ND E RW R IT T EN BY M AR I AN AN D A BE SOFA ER, A N D PRE EVA AN D L EO NA RD T RA MI E L

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INSIDE OUT

GRRLY SHOW

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ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN

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ONEOF21

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WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH

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WAITI21

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TOTAL21

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COMED22

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MOSES VS. GODZILLA MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY

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1:00PM

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PROMI22

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TIME OF FAVOR (HAHESDER)

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TIMEO22

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JEWISH LUCK

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JEWIS22

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LOUBA'S GHOSTS

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LOUBA23

4:00PM

FAMILY SECRET

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FAMIL23

6:30PM

INTIMATE STRANGER

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INTIM23

9:30PM

THE SWEETEST SOUND

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SWEET23

2:00PM

FIGHTER

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4:30PM

TERRORISTS IN RETIREMENT

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TERRO24

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THE OPTIMISTS, THE STORY OF THE RESCUE OF THE JEWS OF BULGARIA

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KEY FROM SPAIN

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ABE'S MANHOOD

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CIRCU25

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LOVE INVENTORY

THE BICYCLE

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KIPPUR

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KIPPU25

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BLUE AND WHITE IN RED SQUARE

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FREE

3:30PM

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JEWISH GIRLS IN SHORTS

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NOBODY'S BUSINESS

THE CROSS INSCRIBED IN THE STAR OF DAVID

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OBSESSED WITH JEWS

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

LEGEND

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LEGEND

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WHEELER AUDITORIUM, BERKELEY DATE

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THE OPTIMISTS, THE STORY OF THE RESCUE OF THE JEWS OF BULGARIA

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OPTIM28

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LOUBA'S GHOSTS

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LOUBA28

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ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN

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ONEOF28

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KIPPUR

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KIPPU28

11:00AM

KEY FROM SPAIN

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TOTAL LOVE

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TERRORISTS IN RETIREMENT

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DISPA30

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STREET UNDER FIRE

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FAMIL31

5:30PM

LOVE INVENTORY

THE BICYCLE

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TIME OF FAVOR (HAHESDER)

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TIMEO31

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BLUE AND WHITE IN RED SQUARE

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SHORTS ON LOVE AND WAR

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SHORT01

6:00PM

JEWISH GIRLS IN SHORTS

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JGIRL01

8:15PM

WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH

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WAITI01

1:00PM

FIGHTER

7

FREE

3:15PM

BROWNSVILLE BLACK AND WHITE

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BROWN02

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8:45PM

JEWISH LUCK

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JEWIS02

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NOBODY'S BUSINESS

MOSES VS. GODZILLA

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ABE'S MANHOOD

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THE JAHALIN

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THE SEVENTH DAY

GRRLY SHOW

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SF KLEZMER EXPERIENCE

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LOUBA'S GHOSTS

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ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN

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ONEOF29

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TIMEO29

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THE OPTIMISTS, THE STORY OF THE RESCUE OF THE JEWS OF BULGARIA

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INTIMATE STRANGER

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INTIM30

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THE SWEETEST SOUND

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FREE

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INSIDE OUT

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INSID31

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PROMISES

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PROMI31

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TERRO01

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DISPA01

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LOVEI02

6:00PM

ONCE WE GROW UP

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ONCEW02

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WAITI02

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WAITI04

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INSID05

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SF KLEZMER EXPERIENCE

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THE BICYCLE

6:00PM

ONCE WE GROW UP

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WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH

11:30AM

OPENING NIGHT PARTY ($15)

NOBODY'S BUSINESS

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THE SEVENTH DAY

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THE SEVENTH DAY

INSIDE OUT

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LOUBA05

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ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN

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ONEOF05

6:15PM

DISPARUS

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DISPA05

8:30PM

KIPPUR

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KIPPU05

6:00PM

TOTAL LOVE

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TOTAL06

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TIME OF FAVOR (HAHESDER)

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TIMEO06

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MOSES VS. GODZILLA

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Starting in September we'll be screening more of the best Jewish films and videos at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, beginning Wednesday, September 25 at 8:00pm with BROTHER BORN AGAIN. This engaging documentary by Julia Pimsleur, a Jewish bi-sexual New Yorker, is an attempt to reconnect with her brother Marc, a born-again Christian. Call 415-978-ARTS for advance tickets.

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THE OPTIMISTS,

THE STORY OF THE RESCUE OF THE JEWS OF BULGARIA

BAY A R E A P REM I E RE United States, 2000, 16mm, 83 min., Bulgarian/English/Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles Directors: Jacky Comforty, Lisa Comforty

This fascinating documentary tells the little-known story of how Bulgaria kept its mostly Sephardic Jewish community intact during World War II. Members of director Jacky Comforty’s family were photographers in Bulgaria at a time when there were few cameras there; as a result, he has ample, beautiful documentation that is unavailable from other sources. The filmmaker, whose family was saved, intersperses personal testimony with scenic footage of contemporary Bulgaria and striking archival images. His own family stories are jumping-off points to explore broader aspects of the rescue of the Jews and of Sephardic culture. The vast majority of Bulgaria's 50,000 Jews survived, and the film offers several possible explanations for why that country was unique in preventing deportation. One reason may be a rich, peaceful, ancient and complex history of Christian, Jewish and Muslim coexistence. THE OPTIMISTS gets its name from a popular Bulgarian Jazz band. Because of its cultural diversity and spirit of solidarity, the band provides a perfect metaphor for how bonds of friendship and cooperation can transcend even the most viciously divisive power.

PROMISES

United States, 2000, 35mm, 106 min., Arabic/English/Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles Directors: Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro

Seven Israeli and Palestinian children living in and around Jerusalem provide deeply humane insight into the complexities of the conflict in the Middle East. Shot during the period between the Oslo peace accords and the current turmoil, these highly articulate and endearingly honest children tell of their efforts to come to grips with the religious and national conflicts that have shaped their daily lives. The children, aged between 11 and 13 during the initial interview, live within a 20-minute radius of one another but have little direct knowledge of the other's lives. Filmmaker Goldberg, who speaks Hebrew and Arabic, serves as an onscreen intermediary between them. The children tell stories of growing up amid the conflict with matter-of-factness and show frequent glimpses of a more hardened, adult nature than we might imagine given their tender years. The story veers in a surprising direction when several Jewish and Arab children come together; it is in this poignant segment that the film truly lives up to its title. AUDIENCE AWARD, 2001 ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL, GOLDEN GATE AWARD, 2001 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BEST BAY AREA DOCUMENTARY AND AUDIENCE AWARD BEST DOCUMENTARY

2001 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF YOUNG CINEMA; 20 0 0 J E RU SA LEM FI LM FESTI VAL

FOLLOWED BY POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH ISRAELI SCHOLAR, AUTHOR AND FORMER DEPUTY MAYOR OF JERUSALEM, MERON BENVENISTI, MODERATED BY MIDDLE EAST FILM SCHOLAR LIVIA ALEXANDER

F I LM M AK E R IN PER SON

F ILM MAKER S I N PER SO N EVENT CODE

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CASTRO THEATRE, TUESDAY JULY 24

6:30PM

OPTIM24

CASTRO THEATRE, SUNDAY JULY 22

1:00PM

PROMI22

WHEELER AUDITORIUM, SATURDAY JULY 28

1:00PM

OPTIM28

FOX - REDWOOD CITY, TUESDAY JULY 31

8:00PM

PROMI31

FOX - REDWOOD CITY, MONDAY JULY 30

3:30PM

OPTIM30

P E NI N SU L A SCR EEN I NG UN DERW RI TTE N BY DAV IDI & SHAM AYA G I LO

SPON SOR ED BY SAN F RAN CISCO ARTS COMM ISI O N CULT URAL EQUITY FU ND AN D KQE D PENINSULA SCREENING UNDERWRITTEN BY LAURA AND GARY LAUDER D EDI CATE D TO TH E M EM O RY OF BOB H EIFE TZ: C IT Y PLA NNE R, TEAC HER, AN D FOUND E R OF THE P EAC E NAVY

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SHORTS ON LOVE AND WAR

STREET UNDER FIRE

UN ITE D STATES PR EM IERE Israel, 2001, video, 40 min., Hebrew with English subtitles Directors: Amir Tal, Kobi Yonatan

THREE KISSES

The Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo has been the target of sniper attacks from the adjacent Palestinian village of Beit Jala since the beginning of the new Intifada. This timely documentary features interviews with neighbors talking about their personal reactions to their plight. It also presents the Israeli government’s reaction–positioning tanks in streets of their once peaceful neighborhood. As we watch images of mortar attacks on Beit Jala and the continuous shelling of Gilo we are made witnesses to the human consequences of the current hostilities.

United States, 2000, 16mm, 7 min., English Director: Johanna Hibbard A Sephardic wedding, an Italian disco, the streets of Spain... This animated, interlocking triptych has lots of love and color. WITH

UNFORGETTABLE FACE United States, 1994, 16mm, 12 min., English Director: Nicole Newnham This well-crafted film tells the heroic, not uncommon story of a JapaneseAmerican soldier who risked his life to fight the Nazis while his own family was locked up in an internment camp back in the United States.

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THE WALNUT TREE BAY A R E A PRE M IE RE Canada, 2000, 16mm, 11 min., English Director: Elida Schogt

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This is the second short film in a young filmmaker’s sensitive and imaginative trilogy about her family’s survival (ZYKLON PORTRAIT, 2000 SFJFF). When Elida Shogt’s family fled, they took with them pictures from the family album. THE WALNUT TREE is a lyrical story of missing photographs, told with those that remain. AND

DODA DIYA U NI T E D STAT ES PRE M IE RE Israel, 2000, video, 25 min., Arabic/French/Hebrew wtih English subtitles Director: Moshe Churi When the filmmaker’s elderly Tunisian-Jewish aunt fulfills her dream of returning to the Isle of Djerba, he follows her with a camera. She takes great pleasure in simple tasks, like bargaining at the colorful outdoor market, and in an all-important challenge: finding the perfect Tunisian bride for her beloved Israeli nephew.

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UN ITE D STATES PR EM IE RE Israel, 1999, video, 29 min., Arabic/Hungarian wtih English subtitles Directors: Talya Ezrahi, Lewie Kerr

A young Israeli woman made this compelling personal documentary about a Bedouin family on the West Bank. She grew up thinking there was no human life in the beautiful expanse of desert outside her window. But when she learns of the imminent expulsion of Bedouin people from their traditional home just a few kilometers away, she decides to visit them and hear about their hopes and fears and their struggle against the Israeli government. THE JAH AL I N ALSO SC RE ENS IN SF (SEE LEFT) EVENT CODE

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TERRORISTS IN RETIREMENT

TIME OF FAVOR (HAHESDER)

W EST COAST PR EM I ERE France, 1986, 16mm, 83 min., French with English subtitles Director: Mosco Boucault

BAY AR E A PR EM IE RE Israel, 2000, 35mm, 100 min., Hebrew wtih English subtitles Director: Joseph Cedar

This controversial documentary tells the story of Jewish immigrants who acted virtually alone in violently resisting the German occupation of Paris during World War II. Best known by the acronym FTPMOI (French for Immigrant Workforce Sharpshooters and Partisans), this 200-member underground assassinated German officials and blew up military targets. It became famous in February of 1944, when the Nazis plastered Paris with a red poster proclaiming that 22 "Jewish, Armenian and other stateless terrorists" had been executed. After the war, the poster became a badge of honor, celebrated by poet Louis Aragon and popularized by singer Leo Ferré. In 1980, Armenian-Jewish-French filmmaker Mosco Boucault found seven former members of the brigade still living in Paris and making their living as tailors. His camera provides us with fascinating personal testimony and dramatic illustrations of dangerous missions carried out on busy city streets.

Winner of six Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, TIME OF FAVOR is a timely, compelling thriller about religious nationalist settlers who conspire to blow up the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount, the quintessential symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The story follows Menachem (Aki Avni, current Israeli heartthrob) an Orthodox army officer in the intensive Hesder yeshiva program, which combines yeshiva study with service in a combat unit. His mentor is Rabbi Meltzer (veteran actor/director Asi Dayan). Menachem falls in love with Michal (the popular Israeli sensation Tinkerbell, also featured in TOTAL LOVE), the rabbi’s daughter, who has already been promised by her father to Menachem’s best friend Pini. As the love triangle evolves, so does a violent scheme to assume Jewish control of the Temple Mount. The stakes are high and Menachem’s allegiances are put to the test. Whose orders will he obey?

The film sparked a fierce debate in France by suggesting that the French Communist Party deliberately failed to provide cover for its Jewish fighters. French television networks banned the film, possibly for suggesting that the French establishment refused to credit the fighters, because it wanted heroes with more French-sounding names than Mitzflicker, Rayski or Gronowski. EVENT CODE

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TIME OF FAVOR is the work of an insider to the culture it portrays. Joseph Ceder was raised in an Orthodox home and lived for a year in a settlement on the West Bank. He based his characters on people he knows well. Messianic nationalist activism is a growing undercurrent in modern day Israel. The film is a study of the motivations behind a movement that is willing to take Israel to the brink. WITH S PECIAL GUEST OPENING NIGHT SCREENING AT THE FOX THEATRE - REDWOOD CITY TO BE FOLLOWED BY PARTY HOSTED BY NEW BRIDGES TO JEWISH COMMUNITY; TICKETS $15 EVENT CODE

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TOTAL LOVE

WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH

BAY A R E A P REM I ER E India/Israel/Netherlands, 2000, 35mm, 84 min., Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles Director: Gur Bentwich

BAY AR E A PR EM IE RE Argentina/Italy/Spain, 2000, 35mm, 98 min., Color, Spanish with English subtitles Director: Daniel Burman

Three Israeli friends concoct Total Love, a new aphrodisiac, and make plans to smuggle it abroad. The story follows the misadventures of these 20somethings dabbling in minor-league recreational drug peddling, a journey that takes them from Israel to Amsterdam and the Indian province of Goa. This is the world of backpacking global wanderers, budget travel guides, raves and "smart" drugs. When one of the group, the precocious Renana (played by Tinkerbell), is arrested and thrown into an Indian prison, her friends, all ex-lovers, join forces to rescue her. This breakaway Israeli film is original, good-hearted and utterly charming. While many drug films focus on violence and betrayal, this one is an unabashedly earnest, far-reaching quest for true love. The trance scene began in the late 1980s in Goa and has since spread around the globe. No one has gobbled up the phenomenon more eagerly than Israeli youth.

This second feature by a remarkably accomplished 27year-old director is a semi-autobiographical story about a Buenos Aires Jew in his early twenties who sets out in search of his destiny and of his city. Sick of a well-ordered life of Hebrew club meetings, family shabbat dinners and work at his father’s kosher restaurant, Ariel gets a job on the graveyard shift at a video production company. There he meets an exciting older woman, Laura, who is bisexual and from a Catholic background. She asks Ariel to work with her on a documentary about an unemployed former bank teller. While Ariel and Laura follow Santamaría around the margins of Buenos Aires, people in the Jewish part of town are getting ready for Hannukah. Everyone misses Ariel, especially Estela, the beautiful young woman he has known all his life. Back at the restaurant, the first Hannukah candle is lit and Ariel’s chair remains empty.

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THE SEVENTH DAY UN ITE D STATES PR EM IERE Argentina, 2000, 35mm, 14 min., Spanish with English subtitles Director: Gabriel Lichtmann

MOSES VS. GODZILLA United States, 2000, video, 7 min., English Director: Brad Morris

This homemade, hi-tech faux trailer will amaze you with astounding feats of animation as it parodies THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and (of course!) GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA. You'll gasp, you'll cheer…

This is a light-hearted short feature on a serious subject security measures the Argentine Jewish community was forced to adopt following anti-Semitic bombings of Jewish institutions. After an intense summer rainstorm, the power is out and Buenos Aires is a jumbled mess of traffic. As a result, Matías’ grandparents arrive very late for his bar mitzvah. But synagogue security causes an even greater delay…

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The Komediant Terrorists In Retirement Trembling Before G-d Linda Duchin New Yorker Films 16 West 61st Street New York, NY 10023 tel/ 212-247-6110 fax/ 212-307-7855 email/ info@newyorkerfilms.com web/ www.newyorkerfilms.com

My Heart Belongs to Daddy Brita Landoff Lindberg & Landoff Film HB Drakenbergsgatan 61 Stockholm, S - 11741 Sweden tel/ 468-653-3080 fax/ 468-652-9720 email/ lindberg@chello.se Obsessed with Jews Jeff Krulik 3221 Connecticut Ave NW, #308 Washington, DC 20008 tel/ 202-966-5304 email/ jeff@planetkrulik.com web/ www.planetkrulik.com One of the Hollywood Ten Rachel Hughes Alibi Films International 12 Maiden Lane London, WC2E 7NA United Kingdom tel/ 4420-78-45-04-10 fax/ 4420-78-36-69-19 email/ afi@alibifilms.co.uk web/ www.alibifilms.co.uk The Optimists Jacky Comforty Comforty Media Concepts 2145 Pioneer Road Evanston, IL 60201 tel/ 847-475-0791 fax/ 847-475-0793 email/ comforty@comforty.com Passengers Jeff Crawford Canadian s Distribution Center 37 Hanna Avenue, Suite #220 Toronto, ON M6K 1W8 Canada tel/ 416-588-0725 fax/ 416-588-7956 web/ www.cfmdc.org

Promises B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro The Promises Film Project 1442-A Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709 tel/ 510-525-8998 fax/ 510-525-8919 email/ promises@pobox.com The Seventh Day Universidad del Cine Pje. J.M. Giuffra 330 Buenos Aires, 1064 Argentina tel/ 5411-4300-1413 fax/ 5411-4300-0674 email/ fuc@ucine.edu.ar web/ www.ucine.edu.ar/ Still (Stille) Wendy Oberlander Hahn & Daughters Productions 282 E. 19th Avenue Vancouver, V5V 1J2 Canada tel/ 604-709-9335 fax/ 604-709-9335 email/ wendo@portal.ca Street Under Fire Kobi Yonatan 86/14 Yeffe Rom Street Jerusalem, 93905 Israel tel/ 972-52-406-773 fax/ 972-2-537-7965 email/ kobiyonatan@hotmail.com Three Kisses Johanna Hibbard 1304 SE Ash, #E Portland, OR 97214 tel/ 503-236-5373 email/ johanna@pacificu.edu Total Love Eyal Shiray Cinema Factory 11 Chayey Adam Street Tel Aviv, 67445 Israel tel/ 9723-561-9715 fax/ 9723-561-5358 email/ yamimyagidu@hotmail.com Tsipa and Volf Daniel Gamberg 750-17th Avenue, Suite 102 San Francisco, CA 94121 tel/ 415-668-1091 fax/ 415-221-6178 email/ daniel@barewitness.com Unforgettable Face Julie Hatta NAATA 346 Ninth Street, Second Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 tel/ 415-552-9550 fax/ 415-863-7428 email/ distribution@naatanet.org web/ www.naatanet.org Waiting for the Messiah Adriana Chiesa Adriana Chiesa Enterprises via Barnaba Oriani 24/A Roma, 00197 Italy tel/ 3906-808-6052 fax/ 3906-8068-7855 Watching You... Stephanie Abramovich Givati 7/17 Nof Galim Natanya, 42463 Israel tel/ 9729-865-7901 fax/ 9729-865-7901 email/ stsabitwini@hotmail.com


TICKETS 925.866.9559

T I C K E T I N FO R M AT I O N

T ICK ET P R IC ES

H OW TO B U Y T I CK E TS

R EGULA R PROG RAM S

BOX O F F ICE O PEN S J U N E 18 , 20 0 1

Regular Admission Advance After July 18

$7.50 $8.50

Students/Seniors/Groups Advance After July 18

$6.00 $6.50

SENIORS are aged 65 or older. STUDENTS must be full time and present valid photo ID in person. (A legible photocopy may be mailed or faxed.) GROUPS are 10 or more persons. For group sales call Lisa at 415-621-0585.

MAT IN E ES Monday-Friday, up to and including 4PM Advance After July 18 (Tickets not required for FREE matinees)

$6.00 $7.00

SF OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

$21.00

SF CLOSING NIGHT FILM & PARTY Advance After July 18

$12.00 $15.00

REDWOOD CITY OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

$15.00

"JEWISH LUCK" W/ LIVE MUSIC Advance After July 18

$12.00 $15.00

No Student/Senior/Group discounts for Special Programs.

S PECI AL T I CKE T PAC KAGES ALL FESTIVAL PASS $125.00 One pass good for all shows at all theaters -— including opening and closing night films and events. Special speedy passholder's line. One name per pass. Must arrive 20 minutes before show time to be guaranteed a seat. REEL PASS $39.00 A reel deal if you're 25 or younger. Entry to all films and all events with one pass. Special speedy passholder's line. Proof of age required. One name per pass. Must arrive 20 minutes before show time to be guaranteed a seat. Become a Festival supporter at the $500+ level and get a tax deduction, ALL FESTIVAL PASSES, and more! A ll sea ts a re g en eral a dmi ssi on. LATECOMERS: Ticket holders or pass holders who do not arrive 20 minutes prior to the show time cannot be guaranteed a seat. Anyone arriving after the above time will not be guaranteed a seat, even with a purchased ticket or pass.

http://www.sfjff.org

925.866.9559

EMAIL: Send completed order form with check, money order or Visa/Mastercard authorization to : SF Jewish Film Festival Box Office PO Box 2229 Danville, CA 94526 FAX: Fax the completed order form with Visa/Mastercard authorization to: SF Jewish Film Festival Box Office FAX #: 925-866-9597 PHONE: To purchase tickets by phone using Visa/Mastercard call: SF Jewish Film Festival Box Office PHONE #: 925-866-9559 BOX OFFICE HOURS: 9 AM to 5 PM Mon. - Fri. (except holidays) Sat. & Sun.: July 21, 22, 28, 29

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ONLINE: Access our website at www.sfjff.org and purchase tickets using Visa/Mastercard.

BY MAIL: Tickets will automatically be mailed to billing address unless an alternate option is chosen. Tickets or Will Call confirmation will be mailed within five business days. Orders received after July 9th will automatically be placed at Will Call. Tickets returned to the Box Office will be placed at Will Call. WILL CALL: Photo ID required when picking up tickets at theater Will Call table. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ticket orders are accepted and filled on a first come first served basis. There will be a $25 charge for returned checks. There will be an additional $5 fee for rejected debit or credit cards. Each order is charged a nonrefundable $5 processing fee. Al l o rde rs are fi na l! No ti cket ref un ds or exc h a n ges! !


T I C K E T O R D E R FO R M 20 0 1

Home Phone Daytime Phone Name (as it appears on credit card) Billing Address

City

State

Zip / Postal Code

Country (other than USA)

E-mail Address

ALL-FESTIVAL PASS Pass Holder's Name Pass Holder's Name Pass Holder's Name Pass Holder's Name

passes @ $125 each = $

REEL PASS (under 25) Pass Holder's Name Pass Holder's Name

passes @ $39 each = $

SF OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY tickets @ $21 each = $

Please note 3-letter code from mailing label on brochure

SF CLOSING NIGHT FILM & PARTY tickets @ $12 each = $ after 7/18 tickets @ $15 each = $

( ) I require wheelchair seating. Number of person(s) using wheelchairs

REDWOOD CITY OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY tickets @ $15 each = $

Film Title

Date

Event Code # of Tix

*DISCOUNT TYPES: SENIOR = S / STUDENT = STU / GROUP = G

Price / Ticket

Discount Type*

Total Price

Passes / Special Programs Total Subtotal Processing Fee

$5.00

Donation (Thank you)

( ) Please let me know about year-round screenings.

Grand Total

( ) I want to volunteer for the 2002 SFJFF, please contact me. FORM OF PAYMENT

( ) Check or Money Order enclosed. Please make payable to San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Box Office (SFJFF) PO BOX 2229, Danville, CA 94526 ( ) Credit Card — Visa / Mastercard accepted. (FAX 925.866.9597) Authorized Signature Account #

Exp Date

ALTERNATE DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS ( ) I want my tickets mailed to the alternate address noted. ( ) I want my tickets held at Will Call and will pick them up at the theater on the day of the first show I attend. PHOTO ID REQUIRED TO PICK UP TICKETS AT WILL CALL

Alternate Address

City

State

Zip


SA

UAL

ISF I L M H

ANN

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JEW

21 FESTIVAL

NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO 101 NORTH BAY CA

CI SC O 346 9TH STREET

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

http://www.sfjff.org

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