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The 2014 Festival includes a fantastic lineup of 70 films from 18 countries and eight world premieres. This year we have some exciting firsts. We are extending our Castro run to 10 days (yes, two weekends!) of powerful and moving cinematic experiences. Join us for our Opening Night Bash at the magnificent Contemporary Jewish Museum , and raise a glass at our festive Closing Night Reception on the mezzanine of the glorious Castro Theatre. Our signature summer film festival showcases independent film while catalyzing discussions, challenging expectations and expanding notions of Jewish identity and culture. This year is no exception. Our lineup reflects the full diversity of Jewish experiences from Argentina to the Philippines and spotlights new works by talented emerging filmmakers of screens both large and small as well as legendary icons of our cinematic past. We open and close with mystery and suspense! Join us Opening Night for The green Prince, the Sundance opener and winner of the audience award for world documentary. This nail-biting account of the relationship between a Palestinian informant and the Israeli agent who was his handler for over 10 years will have you on the edge of your seat. On Closing Night, we celebrate the first feature by an emerging young talent with the world premiere of little White lie, Lacey Schwartz’s search for truth as she uncovers an intimate family secret. This year, we bring you not one but two Centerpiece films. Our Centerpiece Narrative, Run Boy Run , is the gripping story of a young boy who is determined to outlast the Nazi occupation, directed by Oscar winner Pepe Danquart of Germany. Our Centerpiece Documentary Watchers of the Sky, winner of Sundance awards for editing and animation, takes us on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, in one man’s quest to create a future free from genocide. Come laugh together during this year’s spotlight on comedy. We’ve got all types: romantic, absurdist, stand-up and dark. The spotlight includes a screening of Quality Balls, which charts comedian David Steinberg’s ground breaking career. Military veterans use stand-up to tackle their disabilities in Comedy Warriors, which features Lewis Black and Zach Galifianakis followed by live stand-up by real-life comedy warrior Joe Kashnow. Catch Zero Motivation , winner of best narrative feature at Tribeca, an absurdist Israeli comedy about female soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces in a one-time-only Castro screening. Think global, watch local. Bay Area filmmakers and SFJFF alumni make a splash at this year’s festival. See the world premiere of Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider’s Havana Curveball and Judy Montell and Emmy Scharlatt’s In The Image. Other local films include Abbie Ginzberg’s Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs And The New South Africa and Nancy Kates’s Regarding Susan Sontag . Doug Block (51 Birch Street) returns with 112 Weddings, and Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie) comes back to SFJFF with producer Nancy Spielberg to present the world premiere of Above and Beyond . Special events include the presentation of the Freedom of Expression Award to Theodore Bikel, and the world premiere of Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem , a film about the Yiddish stories of shtetl life interpreted by the man who played Tevye the Milkman over 2,000 times, followed by a special live musical performance by Bikel, the world’s foremost interpreter of the Jewish folk song who also happens to have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. And finally, drink and schmooze with Amy York Rubin, the producer/director of the hilarious new web series little Horribles, the story of a self-indulgent queer woman navigating life and love. The series has been called “the lesbian answer to girls” by the Huffington Post, and Sarah Silverman has called it her “new fave web series.” See you at the movies!

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Jay Rosenblatt

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Opening Night Post-Film Bash

Thursday, July 24, from approximately 9–11:00PM Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St., Parking available for a fee at Jessie Street garage, 223 Stevenson St., directly below the Museum (left off of 3rd St. onto Stevenson St.) $65 Members | $75 general Public | 21+ older Kick off SFJFF 34 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. See Page 4.

The little Horribles: An Evening with Amy york Rubin

Friday, August 1, 9:00PM | Rayko Photo Center 428 Third Street, San Francisco 21+ Older | $10 Admission (Includes 2 Free Drinks) little Horribles has been hailed as one of the top ten web series of 2013 by Variety and called “the lesbian answer to Girls” by the Huffington Post, Rubin has emerged as a bold new comedic voice. Come see the episodes and hear creator and star Amy York Rubin discuss her career.

SFJFF at The New Parkway

Thursday, August 7th, 7:00PM New Parkway Theater | 474 24th St, Oakland little White lie $8 general Admission

Closing Night Film and Reception San Francisco

SFJFF is partnering with Cinema Club Oakland for a special screening at The New Parkway Theater of little White lie. Relax on one of the theater’s couches and share some delicious food, beer or sangria, while watching this engaging personal documentary.

Big Nights | Special Events | Spotlights

Big Nights | Special Events | Spotlights

$22 Members | $25 general Public Reception on the Mezzanine, Castro Theatre Wine, beer and light refreshments

Toast our filmmakers and guests on the Mezzanine of the Castro following the World Premiere of little White lie. This all-new Closing Night reception is the perfect close to our extended San Francisco run.

Berkeley Big Night

Saturday, August 2, immediately following The Sturgeon Queens The Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley $22 Members | $25 general Public After watching The Sturgeon Queens , you’ll be craving smoked fish and you will get it! Join us for a post film reception catered by Bistro Liason in the lobby and the courtyard. Berkeley Rep has raised the bar, literally! They have new cash bar staffed by a talented group of mixologists who have curated a unique cocktail program for the Theatre that focuses on local, small-batch spirits, available for purchase along with our complimentary wine and beer.

live Performance

Freedom of Expression Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem Thursday, July 31, 6:15PM | Castro Theatre $15 Members | $18 general Public Two beloved Jewish icons are joined in this documentary; Sholem Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller, and Theodore Bikel, troubadour and actor, who portrayed Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories) countless times. Following the screening Bikel will perform live on the Castro stage.

Spotlight On Comedy

Regarding Susan Sontag: An Extended Discussion Saturday, August 2 | Congregation Sha’ar Zahav 290 Dolores Street, San Francisco The Discussion will begin at 4:30’ish | Free

Following the screening of Regarding Susan Sontag at the Castro, enjoy the walk down to Dolores Street and join filmmaker Nancy Kates and writer and literary critic Terry Castle for a post film discussion. Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is a progressive Reform Synagogue led by Rabbi Camille Shira Angel for people of all sexual identities and welcoming friends and family from all cultural backgrounds.

Come laugh together. We’ve got all types of comedy: romantic, absurdist, stand-up and dark. The spotlight includes a screening of Quality Balls, which charts comedian David Steinberg’s ground breaking career. Military veterans use stand-up to tackle their disabilities in Comedy Warriors, which features Lewis Black and Zach Galifianakis followed by live stand-up by real-life comedy warrior Joe Kashnow. Catch Jews In Shorts (Comedy), a bitingly funny collection of shorts that celebrate life’s absurdities. And be sure not to miss little Horribles: An Evening with Amy york Rubin . Check out her webisodes featured on our website during the festival. And don’t forget to check out these other funny can’t miss films: El Critico, page 10; Zero Motivation, page 11.

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Take Action Day: Repairing the World, One Film at a Time Sponsored by The Alexander M. And June l. Maisin Foundation of The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund This full day lineup features award-winning films that offer us the opportunity to repair the world through our actions (the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam). These powerful stories highlight pressing issues of our time. From poverty and homelessness to workers rights, reproductive rights and immigration, these films feature stories that move us to take action and make a difference in the world. The SFJFF Mobile App connects audiences with immediate opportunities to get involved in the social justice campaigns highlighted in the films. Download the app to learn about what local organizations are doing on these issues in the Jewish community and beyond.


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Take Action Day: Repairing the World, One Film at a Time

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Emmy-winning director Dave Marshall gives us a glimpse into lives both young and old in this sensitive, open-hearted film about hospice residents in Rochester, New York, and the high school students who care for them.

An intriguing glimpse at a group of women, mostly Russian immigrants, who work as supermarket cashiers. Outstanding cinematography invites viewers into conversations about ongoing struggles with relationships, finances, and more. This film brings into focus the challenges of low wage workers and the need for a living wage.

A nine-year-old gardener, a retired schoolteacher and a former top chef defy the cynicism around them and participate in the fight against hunger, inspiring everyone they meet along the way.

Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, builds a floating clinic to offer abortions where the procedure is banned. When her initial plans fail, her brilliant solutions make for an invigorating tale.

Hannah Espia’s deeply moving portrait of immigrant workers in Tel Aviv captures the edgy plight of thousands of undocumented Filipinos, many who have only ever known Israel as home and whose children can only speak Hebrew. Although the film takes place in Israel, the universal challenges of undocumented immigrants resonate here at home.

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Opening Night

Castro Closing Night

Opening Night | Closing Night

The green Prince

little White lie



Germany, Israel, UK, 2014, 99 mins, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Nadav Schirman Editor: Joelle Alexis, Sanjeez Hathiramani Cinematographer: Hans Fromm (bvk), Giora Bejach, Raz Dagan Writer: Nadav Schirman Subjects: Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak

USA, 2014, 65 mins, English Director: Lacey Schwartz, James Adolphus Editor: Toby Shimin, Erik Dugger Cinematographer: James Adolphus


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Opening Night is sponsored by a generous grant from Wells Fargo Film sponsored by Steven and Bunny Fayne The Green Prince is such an extraordinary story that one is tempted to think it is fiction, if only somebody had the audacity to invent it. A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grows up angry and ready to fight Israel. Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he’s interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, and sent to prison. But shocked by Hamas’s ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization’s escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel. For him, there is no greater shame. For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: “operating” the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas. Based on Yousef’s memoir, Son of Hamas, The Green Prince is a story of two men, spy and handler, whom history insists must be adversaries. That they could reach a point of trust or friendship seems absurd. Embroidering a tangled web of intrigue, terror, and betrayal, Nadav Schirman builds superb tension throughout a surprisingly emotional journey. Ultimately, The Green Prince is less about political struggle than personal coming-to-terms with responsibility and moral duty. John Nein, Sundance Film Festival Catalogue Winner of Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary Director Nadav Schirman in person in San Francisco and Palo Alto

Opening Night Bash | Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | 9:00pm Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Event parking available for a fee at Jessie Street garage | 223 Stevenson St. Opening Night at the Jewish Film Festival is always great but this year will be very special. Film and art come together at the bold and elegant Contemporary Jewish Museum! Featuring: Memphis Minis, Savoy, Wise Sons, Bissou Bistro and many more


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Closing Night is Sponsored by The Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation Daring to ask questions about her true identity, around which her parents had kept a careful silence through her entire childhood, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz gently but firmly pulls back the curtain on matters of race and family secrets in her deeply personal and fascinating documentary. Growing up unselfconsciously Jewish and Caucasian in the leafy, largely white town of Woodstock, New York, Lacey and her extended family cheerfully explained away her tawny complexion by pointing to a picture of her father’s swarthy Sicilian Jewish grandfather. But her parents’ fraying marriage and her own nagging doubts compelled the bright Georgetown undergraduate to begin tugging at the threads of her identity, fearlessly documenting the unraveling of family mysteries. Little White Lie manages to be both a particular family’s story of the price of living in denial, but also raises larger questions for us all: What factors—race, religion, family, upbringing—make us who we are? And what happens when we are forced to redefine ourselves? Director Lacey Schwartz in person in San Francisco and Berkeley Peter l. Stein Director lacey Schwartz in person in San Francisco and Berkeley PRECEDED By:

little Horribles: Mini Bar

A darkly comedic web series that follows the poor decisions of a selfindulgent lesbian. In this episode, Amy struggles to resist the temptations of her hotel room’s mini bar.

Closing Night Reception

| Castro Theatre

Toast our filmmakers and guests on the mezzanine of the Castro following The World Premiere of little White lie. This all new reception is the perfect close to our extended Castro run.

Centerpiece Documentary

Centerpiece Narrative Run Boy Run



USA, 2013, 114 mins, English, Zaghawan, Spanish, French w/ English Subtitles Director: Edet Belzberg Editor: Jenny Golden, Karen Sim Cinematographer: Mai Iskander Screenwriter: E.B. Michele (story)

France, Germany, 2013, 108 mins, German, Polish, Russian w/English Subtitles Director: Pepe Danquart Editor: Richard Marizy Cinematographer: Daniel Gottschalk Screenwriter: Heinrich Hadding, Pepe Danquart Cast: Jeanette Hain, Andy Tkacz, Rainer Bock


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Sponsored by the laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation

Making a film about the persistent scourge of genocide in our time might seem like a deeply depressing undertaking, but in Watchers of the Sky, MacArthur Award–winning documentarian Edet Belzberg creates an illuminating and visually eloquent journey into this darkest corner of human depravity, using as a framework the extraordinary life of a nearly forgotten Polish Jewish lawyer and human rights advocate: Raphael Lemkin (1900–1959). As a young student, Lemkin had been appalled by the impunity that greeted the mass murder of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. “Why is the killing of a million,” he wrote, “a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?” He set about his life’s task of creating an international legal framework for preventing and prosecuting such “barbarity” (the word he used until he came up with a new term, “genocide”) in 1944, by which time his family had already become victims of the Nazis’ form of the practice. The documentary skillfully interweaves Lemkin’s story, exquisitely rendering imagery and prose into evocative animations, with profiles of four contemporary human rights advocates at the International Criminal Court and the United Nations, including US Ambassador Samantha Power, whose Pulitzer Prize–winning A Problem from Hell helped inspire this exceptional and moving film. Peter l. Stein

Srulik is running for his life. Literally. The eight-year-old Jewish boy flees the Nazis on foot as they hunt him and other Jews who have sought refuge in the forests of wartime Poland. His once happy family is now dead or dispersed, and to survive Srulik has to forage for food in the woods and sleep on the forest floor. Calling himself Jurek, he pretends to be a gentile who has been orphaned by the war. With this ruse he is welcomed into the homes of peasants and farmers to share a simple family meal and claim a spot in the barn or by the hearth. Run Boy Run, based on a true story, is a rare Holocaust narrative told exclusively through the eyes of a child. It chronicles Srulik’s remarkable efforts to evade capture, ward off starvation and honor his father’s desperate plea to survive at all costs but to never forget that he is a Jew. In the process, the film raises important questions regarding faith, identity and the source of the blind prejudice that turns so easily into dehumanizing hate. Run Boy Run is a remarkable testament to the human will to survive against all odds. Mark Valentine

Centerpiece Documentary | Centerpiece Narrative

Watchers of the Sky

Director Pepe Danquart in person in San Francisco and Palo Alto

Winner, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Editing Award and Special Jury Prize for Use of Animation. Director Edet Belzberg in person in San Francisco and Palo Alto

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Freedom of Expression Award | Berkeley Big Night

Freedom of Expression Award: Theodore Bikel

Berkeley Big Night

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem

The Sturgeon Queens



USA, 2014, 90 mins, English Director: John Lollos Editor: Allison Shurman Cinematographer: James Fideler Screenwriter: Marsha Lebby Cast: Theodore Bikel

USA, 2013, 54 mins, English Director: Julie Cohen Editor: Scott Feinstein, Mustafa Hameed Cinematographer: Rich White Screenwriter: Julie Cohen


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The stories of two beloved Jewish icons are woven together in this enchanting documentary: Sholem Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller, and this year’s SFJFF Freedom of Expression award recipient, Theodore Bikel- troubadour, actor and one of the most popular stage interpreters of Aleichem’s work. The prose of Aleichem (1859–1916) portrays like no one else the true soul of the tragicomic Jewish shtetl life. Fiddler on the Roof, the Broadway and Hollywood musical adaptation of Aleichem’s Tevye the Milkman short stories, has immortalized him. Theodore Bikel, now 90, has portrayed Tevye on the American stage countless times. Vienna-born Bikel’s family escaped Austria after the Nazi occupation and migrated to Palestine before settling in the United States. He originated the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, played Zoltan Karpathy in the film version of My Fair Lady, guest-starred in numerous TV series from The Twilight Zone to Law & Order and has served as the president of Actors’ Equity. Bikel has performed and recorded collections of folk songs in 23 languages, including Yiddish. The film’s highlights include interviews with Alan Alda, Fyvush Finkel and Sholem Aleichem’s 102-year-old granddaughter Bel Kaufman. This is an enchanting film filled with laughter, tears and tunes about Aleichem and one of his best Tevyes (Bikel). Donny Inbar

Sponsored by Raymond lifchez

Screening followed by award ceremony, a brief performance and Q&A with Theodore Bikel.

Director Julie Cohen in person in Berkeley and San Francisco

This year’s award is an original framed watercolor by acclaimed Broadway, Hollywood and Television actor Nehemiah Persoff. The artwork generously donated by Krevsky Fine Art is entitled Oh Jerusalem.





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If you are an aficianado of smoked fish and you live in New York City, then you are most likely aware of Russ & Daughters. If not, you may become one after seeing this delightful and delectable documentary. This venerable establishment has been selling fish since 1914 and is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Anchoring the film is 100-year-old Hattie Russ Gold and 92-yearold Anne Russ Federman, the daughters of the store’s name and the sturgeon queens of the title. These two live wires reflect on the immigrant experience and their lives behind the counter. The playful banter between them is quite endearing. Well-known enthusiasts of the store are interviewed (with their favorite fish highlighted). They include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, chef Mario Batali, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer. In a creative and innovative manner, filmmaker Julie Cohen also brings together six colorful longtime fans of the store, in their 80s and 90s, who sit around a table of fish reading the narration script in the style of a Passover seder. Regardless how you enter the screening, after seeing this humorous, heartfelt and mouthwatering film, you will certainly leave with an appetite. Jay Rosenblatt PRECEDED By

Salomea’s Nose

Salomea remembers the day her beloved brothers, Max and Karl, disfigured her and themselves for life. The Day of Tragedy, is what their mother called it, and blamed it on the fate of her children. Though fate and tragedy have a different meaning by the end of her tale. A tragicomedy about sibling rivalry, disfigurement and the pain that binds us. With Barbara Sukowa as the voice of Salomea.

Berkeley Big Night |

Saturday, August 2nd | The Courtyard, Berkeley Rep immediately following The Sturgeon Queens


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The Sturgeon Queens will leave you wanting more. Stick around for schmoozing and noshing with our guests in the courtyard lobby of the Berkeley Rep.


Spotlight Big NIghts

Comedy Warriors

A Place in Heaven



USA, 2014, 75 mins, English Director: John Wager Editor: Arielle Amsalem, Ken Schretzmann Cinematographer: Alex Kenyon, Shawn Schaffer

Israel, 2013, 117 mins, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Yossi Madmoni Editor: Arik Lahav Leibovich Cinematographer: Boaz Yehonatan Yacov Screenwriter: Yossi Madmony Cast: Alon moni Aboutboul, Tom Graziani, Rotem Zisman


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Co-sponsored by Carolyn Cavalier Rosenberg and Sanford Rosenberg and by Russell and Susan Holdstein Five disabled Iraq/Afghanistan veterans bring their painful life-altering experiences onstage, transforming personal tragedy into brutal and fiercely funny stand-up gold, mentored by some of the most talented comedy performers and writers in show business. Burn victim Bobby (“I’ve been extinguished for years”). Henline, amputees Rob Jones, Stephen Rice, Joe Krashnow and a very pregnant former helicopter pilot with a debilitating back injury, Darisse Smith, learn the fine art of joke telling and timing from mirth masters Bob Saget, Zach Galifanakis and Lewis Black. With only a short time to rehearse, the five are flown from all around the U.S. out to Hollywood for a one night stand at the Punch Line, the legendary Los Angeles club where Richard Pryor got his start. The crash course prep, with the pros guiding the raw comedy recruits through a raucous and occasionally raunchy run-through of material (Saget to amputee Krashnow: “You have a leg up on a lot of people right now because you’re Jewish.”) is one of the doc’s hilarious high points. The climatic live show finds the comedy warriors not only comprehending the healing and highly addictive power of humor but quite suddenly discovering that their lives are about to take a very unexpected direction. Thomas logoreci Followed by live standup comedy by subject Joe Kashnow in San Francisco


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Sponsored by Amy and Mort Friedkin A fiercely non-believing, war-weary soldier sells his place in Heaven to a lowly army cook for a plate of scrambled eggs. With this fable-like incident at its heart, A Place in Heaven, the latest captivating drama from the assured writer/director of Restoration (SFJFF 2012), charts how the unholy bargain resonates through four decades in the life of the Israeli soldier, a Zionist war hero (and possibly war criminal) ironically nicknamed Bambi, played brilliantly by Alon Aboutboul, whose craggy face and steely demeanor conceal worlds of inner pain and stoic resolve. Seeking an earthly legacy through a son, Bambi is foiled (perhaps cursed?) at every turn, and even when a son materializes, he sets himself on a collision course with his father by turning devoutly religious. While always staying rooted in the particular lives and loves of Bambi’s complex family, the film unabashedly asks epic—no, Biblical—questions: Are the sins of the father inevitably visited on the son? What makes a good man in the first place? Who really deserves a place in Heaven? Director Madmoni’s allegorical tale, beautifully supported by grand cinematography and a haunting score, is one of those miraculous dramas that, rather than delivering a tidy message, forces you to wrestle with the ideas it raises long after the credits have rolled. Peter l. Stein Invited guest.

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Take Action

Who are the people willing to stand up and speak out against injustice? Are they different from us? These films feature heroes who decide they will not sit idly by: a fearless sea captain provides abortions on a boat; a nine-year-old combats poverty and hunger. These films shine a light on people healing the world with their actions. This lineup asks us to move from our seats to the streets and contribute to solutions.

10%: What Makes a Hero?

Beginning with the End



Israel, 2013, 88 mins, Hebrew, English w/ English Subtitles Director: Yoav Shamir Editor: Omri Ayalon Cinematographer: Tanya Aizikovich

USA, 2014, 64 mins, English Director: David Marshall Cinematographer: David B. Marshall


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Checkpoint (SFJFF 2004) and Defamation (SFJFF 2009) established Israeli documentarian Yoav Shamir as an unapologetic provocateur. Michael Moore executive produced the filmmaker’s newest film, a globetrotting quest to identify the shared characteristics of heroic individuals. From a bonobo preserve in Congo to the suburban home of a Flemish woman whose family harbored Jews during WWII, Shamir takes viewers on a fascinating journey that is sure to spark thoughtful conversation and passionate debate. HR

Sponsored by Denis Bouvier For 10 years, English teacher Bob Kane has offered Hospice Care as an elective for Harley High School seniors wishing to help people at the end of their lives. What might an iPhone-toting teenager have in common with an 85-year-old too weak to lift up a hand? Emmy-winning director Dave Marshall provides plenty of answers in this moving film that bridges the gap between generations and is a testament to human connection. ZP



USA, Cuba, 2014, 60 mins, English, Spanish w/ English Subtitles Director: Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider Editor: Bill Weber Cinematographer: Andy Black, Robert Chile, Vicente Franco

USA, 2014, 57 mins, Arabic, Hebrew, English w/English Subtitles Director: Judith Montell, Emmy Scharlatt Editor: Rick Tejada Flores Cinematographer: Ramzi Maqdissi, Tanya Aizikovich

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What does it mean to become a man on the occasion of your bar mitzvah? Bay Area filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider (Return of Sarah’s Daughters, SFJFF 1997) follow their thirteenyear-old Mica as he struggles to make good on his commitment to deliver baseball equipment to kids in Cuba. Eventually, he gets to play ball in Cuba as well as experience the satisfactions and disappointments associated with being a benefactor to those less fortunate. Preceded by Some vacation. MV

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In the Image

Co-Sponsored by Craig Harrison Expressions of Excellence!TM and by Doris and george Krevsky


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Havana Curveball




Directors Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider and subject Mica in person.


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Co-Sponsored by Hannah Kranzberg and by Carol and Terry Winograd Bay Area filmmakers (Oscar-nominated Judith Montell and Emmy Scharlatt, in her feature directorial debut) profile the Camera Project from Israeli-based human rights watchdog group B’Tselem. By providing Palestinians in the Occupied Territories with inexpensive video cameras and film training, this organization has empowered them to document alleged human rights violations and provide evidence to the public and to Israeli authorities. Interviews filmed by three Palestinian women highlight this striking documentary. Preceded by Mirror Image. SR Directors Judith Montell and Emmy Scharlatt in person

The Starfish Throwers

Super Women




South Africa, USA, 2014, 84 mins, English Director: Abby Ginzberg Editor: Ken Schneider Cinematographer: Nic Hofmeyr Screenwriter: Rick Goldsmith

USA, India, 2014, 83 mins, English Director: Jesse Roseler Editor: Bill Kersey Cinematographer: Jesse Roseler

Israel, 2013, 80 mins, Hebrew, Russian w/English Subtitles Director: Yael Kipper Zaretzky, Ronen Zaretzky Editor: Tor Ben-Mayor Cinematographer: Avigail Sperber Screenwriter: Ronen Zaretsky

Take Action

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa



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Proudly sponsored by Wareham Development in honor of the Berkeley FIlM Foundation Abby Ginzburg’s powerful doc begins with footage of the aftermath of the car bombing that nearly took the life of South African activist Albie Sachs. The badly wounded Sachs, a fighter for racial equality since he was a teenager, went on to become a member of Nelson Mandela’s Constitutional Court. This inspiring chronicle highlights Sachs’s lifelong quest for justice, which eventually led to a meeting with the man who attempted to end his life. Tl

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Three inspiring people from different corners of the world (South Carolina, Minneapolis, India) tackle the same global issue: hunger. A nine-yearold gardener, a retired school teacher and a former top chef are The Starfish Throwers, defying the cynicism of those around them while living and breathing the wisdom that we are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are we free to desist from it. NO


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Sponsored by Carl and gay grunfeld This intriguing and layered observational documentary tells the interwoven stories of a group of women, mostly Russian immigrants, who work the same shift as cashiers in an Israeli supermarket. With outstanding cinematography and intimate access, it goes behind the scenes of the market. On their smoke breaks, the women provide mutual support for each other in their ongoing struggles with family, relationships, finances and poor working conditions. AC

Director Abby ginzburg in person in San Francisco



BAy AREA PREMIERE Phillippines, 2013, 92 mins, English, Hebrew, Tagalog w/ English Subtitles Director: Hannah Espia Editor: Hannah Espia, Benjamin Tolentino Cinematographer: Ber CruzLyle, Nemenzo Sacris Screenwriter: Giancarlo Abrahan, Hannah Espia Cast: Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Marc Justine Alvarez, Ping Medina


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Sponsored by Robert and Judy Aptekar Director Hannah Espia’s debut is a multilayered depiction of life on the run and a deeply moving story of Filipino workers in Tel Aviv who toil at odd jobs while constantly on the lookout for police and immigration officers. The Philippines 2013 Oscar selection captures the edgy plight of thousands of undocumented Filipinos, many of whom have known only Israel as home and whose children can speak only Hebrew. Tl

Save a tree!

USA, 2014, 88 mins, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili w/ English Subtitles Director: Diana Whitten Editor: Simeon Hutner Cinematographer: Diana Whitten


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Sponsored by an anonymous donor in honor of all the brave women who helped ‘sisters’ in need, and to the ones who died alone The heroine of this documentary, Rebecca Gomperts, embodies tikkun olam, repairing the world through your actions. The founder of Women on Waves, Gomperts builds a floating clinic to offer abortions where the procedure is banned, but her maiden voyage ends in disaster. She changes strategy, exploiting loopholes to teach women a World Health Organization–endorsed protocol to give themselves abortions at home. Her ingeniousness makes for a surprisingly invigorating tale. EKT

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global lens

Compelling stories, global perspectives. These filmmakers offer fresh perspectives and inventive narrative approaches. A newly restored archival print from the yiddish cinema, and a mix of comedies and dramas; veteran filmmakers and firsttime features, these films are illuminating, engaging and entertaining. From Diane Kurys to yariv Mozer, from Argentina to France, we present these exceptional works as a way to honor the independent spirit in filmmakers across the globe.

24 Days

El Critico



France, 2014, 111 mins, French, w/ English Subtitles Director: Alexandre Arcady Editor: Manu du Sousa Cinematographer: Gilles Henry Screenwriter: Alexandre Arcady, Emilie Freche, Antoine Lacomblez Cast: Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe, Jacques Gamblin

Argentina, 2013, 90 mins, Spanish w/ English Subtitles Director: Hernán Guerschuny Editor: Agustin Rolandelli Cinematographer: Marcelo Lavintman Screenwriter: Hernán Guerschuny Cast: Rafael Spregelburd, Dolores Fonzi, Blanca Lewin



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Sponsored by Bill Falik and Diana Cohen The 1986 kidnapping of 24-year-old Ilan Halimi by a suburban Parisian gang of thugs became a cause célèbre because of the anti-Semitic nature of the crime. This thriller based on the true events is expertly helmed by Alexandre Arcady and focuses on the police team and the ransom calls that are the detectives’ only clue to the kidnappers’ psychology. Ilan’s mother has another clue, one that the authorities are regretfully too slow to recognize. JB

Víctor Tellez is jaded, emotionally repressed and arrogant. Not surprisingly, he is an influential but harsh film critic for a daily newspaper. Victor especially detests Hollywood romantic comedies until he meets Sofía, a spontaneous and vibrant woman. He finds himself going soft, and his movie reviews reflect this. El Critico is intelligent, funny, delightful and ultimately succumbs to the genre Víctor so derisively abhors. Love conquers all, even this cynical snob. JR



France, 2013, 110 mins, French w/ English Subtitles Director: Diane Kurys Editor: Sylvie Gadmer Cinematographer: Gilles Henry Screenwriter: Diane Kurys Cast: Benoit Magimel, Melanie Thierry, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Israel, 2013, 81 mins, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Adam Sanderson Editor: Zohar M. Sela Cinematographer: Nadav Hekselman Screenwriter: Adam Sanderson Cast: Hilla Vidor, Matan Aberbach, Meirav Gruber

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Diane Kurys (Peppermint Soda, Entre Nous) once again mines her autobiography to fictionalize the early years of her parents’ marriage, a mysterious uncle of whom nobody speaks and the circumstances of her birth. Intimacy and suspense are the keys to Kurys’s novelistic framing of Jewish life in a corner of Lyon, France, just after the war, when freedom meant one thing to a man, another to a woman. JB

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Funeral at Noon

Sponsored by Roselyne C. Swig


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For a Woman



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A Hitchcockian atmosphere of menace envelops the 1950s moshav portrayed in Israeli director Adam Sanderson’s second feature, a hypnotic psychological thriller. Hagar is a waifish housewife rendered all but mute by the stifling daily routine of her passionless marriage. Lead actress Hilla Vidor, a former model, is convincingly inscrutable, hinting at hidden motivations and dark secrets that may have eluded the eye of the beholder. HS Note: Mature Content

life as a Rumor





Germany, 2014, 90 mins, German w/English Subtitles Director: Pierre-Henry Salfati Editor: Regina Bartschi, Hansjorg Weibbrich Cinematographer: Felix von Muralt Screenwriter: Pierre-Henry Salfati, Almut Getto Cast: Mario Adorf, Katharina Derr, Hannelore Elsner

Israel, 2013, 123 mins, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Adi Arbel, Moishe Goldberg Editor: Tai Rabiner Cinematographer: Shark De Mayo

USA, 1938, 97 mins, Yiddish w/ English Subtitles Director: Joseph Green, Konrad Tom Editor: Jerzy Sten Cinematographer: Seweryn Steinwurzel Screenwriter: Konrad Tom, Szmul Goldstein, Mojzesz Nudelman Cast: Molly Picon, Edmund Zayenda, Gertrude Bulman

global lens

The last Mentsch


SuNDAy, July 27 6:55PM THuRSDAy, July 31 12:00PM WEDNESDAy, AuguST 6 8:45PM

Co-Sponsored by The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay and by Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha Auschwitz survivor Marcus Schwarz has denied his Jewish heritage all his life. Now an old man, he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. He enlists a young Turkish woman to drive him to his birthplace in Hungary, and the unlikely duo set out on a road trip that will irrevocably change them both. Poignant, funny and deeply moving, The Last Mentsch is a powerful, emotional journey. AC

Snails in the Rain


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Sponsored by liki and Joe Abrams Sixty-five-year-old Assi Dayan, the son of Israeli general Moshe Dayan, narrates his fascinating life in this autobiographical documentary that intertwines the trials of war with the struggles of founding fathers and rebellious sons. From the hulking presence of his father to his twisting career path during which he earned nine Israeli Oscars, Assi Dayan tells his no-holds-barred tale with candor and crispness. Dayan passed away this year, but his memory remains indelible. AW


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Sponsored by linda and Frank Kurtz Molly Picon, barely five feet tall but a giant of the Yiddish stage and screen, owns the title role of the put-upon “little mother” who plays Cinderella to an ungrateful family that would do Fassbinder proud. A sparkling mix of humor, song and pathos, Mamele, in a restoration honoring the film’s 75th anniversary, is fascinating for its portrayal of gender roles and Jewish life in Poland between the wars. JB Archivist lisa Rivo in person in San Francisco and Berkeley.

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Israel, 2013, 82 mins, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Yariv Mozer Editor: Amit Ginton, Yael Perlov Cinematographer: Shahar Reznik Screenwriter: Yossi Avni Levy, Yanv Mozer Cast: Liron Argaman, Yaron Biton, Shak Brenner

Israel, 2014, 101 mins, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Talya Lavie Editor: Arik Leibovitch Cinematographer: Yaron Scharf Screenwriter: Talya Lavie Cast: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein



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Co-sponsored by Frederick Hertz and by the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund In the summer of 1989 in Tel Aviv the brawny linguistics student Boaz is rattled when he receives a letter from a secret male admirer. With deeply internalized homophobia, Boaz both wildly anticipates and dreads the letters. Frustration bubbles to the surface and the tensions grows in director Yariv Mozer’s masterful first narrative feature marked by intimate flashbacks and remarkable performances by lead actors Yoav Reuveni and Moran Rosenblatt. AW Note: Mature Content

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Sponsored by Diana grand and Jon Holman However tough the green-uniformed, female Israeli Defense Forces soldiers in Tayla Lavie’s Tribeca award-winning first feature may act, they constantly give themselves away as quite the opposite. Zero Motivation is not punctuated by bullets, but rather by battles over chores, bunk beds and boys. Yet while tenderness may be hard to come by in this acerbic yet humorous film, Lavie nevertheless leaves room to convey her hardboiled characters’ dreams and desires. ZP



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Singular Vision

Strong, persistent filmmaking vision. Intimate, compelling personal voices. Filmmakers or subjects with obsessive, relentless pursuits. One film star, two pornographers, three father and son dramas, several road trips, two shorts programs with five films each, and a photographer of 112 weddings. The filmmakers become the subject, and the subjects are the filmmakers. This talented group of artists take us on a journey for which only they could have created the map.

112 Weddings

Arlo & Julie



USA, 2013, 92 mins, English Director: Doug Block Editor: Maeve O’Boyle Cinematographer: Doug Block

USA, 2014, 76 mins, English Director: Steve Mims Editor: Steve Mims Cinematographer: Steve Mims Screenwriter: Steve Mims Cast: Alex Dordrenko, Ashley Spillers, Sam Eidson


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Co-sponsored by Richard Nagler and Sheila Sosnow and by Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow in honor of Adam Hirsch and Fatosh Arabacioglu For 20 years independent filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street, SFJFF 2006) toiled not only as an acclaimed documentary director and producer but also as a part-time wedding videographer. Block revisits a dozen of the wise and sometimes weathered husbands and wives he captured on their big day to reflect on the complicated reality of “happily ever after.” A funny, frank and fascinating film that explores the secret of what makes a lasting partnership. Tl Director Doug Block in person in San Francisco and Palo Alto

Director Steve Mims in person in San Francisco Invited guests include actors Alex Dordrenko and Ashley Spillers

The Funeral - Dir. Nick Green 7 Day Gig - Dir. Kate Marks Setup, Punch - Dir. David Schlussel I’m a Mitzvah - Dir. Ben Berman Welcome and Our Condolences - Dir. Leon Prudovsky


Marcel and Pawel Lozinski, father and son, have studied dozens of subjects as documentary filmmakers. The one subject left unexamined, until now, has been their relationship. In Father and Son, they undertake a journey across time and distance as they use a road trip from Poland to Paris to compare their divergent perceptions of a shared past. This is a moving, intimate film you won’t soon forget. Preceded by Hollow Land. MV

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In this whimsical romantic comedy, Arlo and Julie are a young couple adrift in Austin, whose lives are upended when Julie starts to receive mysterious packages in the mail. Each one contains more pieces of the same jigsaw puzzle. As they try to solve the mystery, they descend into an obsession that threatens to change everything. The result is an uplifting, surprisingly moving exploration of art and history, love, trust and faith. Preceded by A Knock on the Door. EKT


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generous support for this program provided by the young Funders Impact grants Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Jews in Shorts (Comedy)



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Father and Son

Poland, 2013, 75 mins, Polish w/ English Subtitles Director: Pawel Lozinski Editor: Dorota Wardęszkiewicz, Przemysław Chruęcielewski Cinematographer: Paweł Łozięski, Marcel Łozięski Screenwriter: Paweł Łozięski, Marcel Łozięski




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What do a non-believing Jew, Elijah Wood, two dead bodies and a chicken have in common? Find out in this year’s bitingly funny collection of comedic shorts that celebrate life’s absurdities. JM

A life in Dirty Movies

My Own Man

Vishneva, Belarus Soviet Union Poland - Dir. Jacob Podber What’s in a Name - Dir. Daniel Robin Bulletproof Stockings - Dir. Sarah Berkovich Facing Fear - Dir. Jason Cohen My Favorite Neoconservative - Dir. Yael Luttwak



Sweden, 2013, 80 mins, English Director: Wiktor Ericsson Editor: Erik Bafving Cinematographer: Dino Harambasic Cast: Joseph W. Sarno, Peggy Steffans, Jamie Gillis



USA, 2014, 83 mins, English Director: David Sampliner Editor: Michael Culyba Cinematographer: David Sampliner Screenwriter: David Sampliner Cast: David Sampliner, James Sampliner, Rachel Shuman

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The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction certainly applies to this year’s collection of mesmerizing documentary shorts featuring Hasidic punk rocker girls, a neoconservative military strategist dad and the unlikely reunion between a gay man and a neo-Nazi. JM Directors Sarah Berkovich and Jason Cohen in person

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generous Support for this program provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation A Life in Dirty Movies is an affectionate documentary about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street,” and his loyal wife and collaborator Peggy. The film follows the Sarnos for a year, as 88-year-old Joe struggles to get a new film project off the ground. The film’s intimate perspective reveals a filmmaker’s golden years and his hope for renewed relevance. With John Waters. Note: Mature Content Director Wiktor Ericsson in person San Francisco and Palo Alto


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Singular Vision

Jews in Shorts (Docs)

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Sponsored by Ron Abileah and Marlene Winograd Why do some men exude an air of quiet confidence while others appear indecisive and uncertain? Filmmaker David Sampliner wants to know. He is about to become a father, and he’s worried that he’s not “man” enough to serve as his child’s guardian and protector. In My Own Man, Sampliner searches for the keys to becoming the man he wants to be by confronting his own past and embracing new challenges. MV Director David Sampliner in person in San Francisco and Palo Alto

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NORTHERN CAlIFORNIA PREMIERE Ireland, 2013, 66 mins, English, French w/English Subtitles Director: David Cairns, Paul Duane Editor: Eoin McDonagh Cinematographer: Scott Ward


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Bernard Natan saved Pathé studios from financial ruin and spearheaded a golden age of French cinema, and yet he is often tarred with the false accusation of establishing his career by peddling silent-era pornography. David Cairns’ and Paul Duane’s extraordinary documentary Natan uses some nontraditional techniques to relate this tale of how anti-Semitism destroyed the man and how he was written out of the history of French cinema. Preceded by Eden Rests. BW Note: Mature Content


Canada, 2013, 75 mins, English Director: Barry Avrich Editor: Tiffany Beaudin Cinematographer: Geoff Browne


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Sponsored by Craig Harrison Expressions of Excellence!TM

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If you’ve never heard of David Steinberg—and even if you have—you’ll be astonished at the scope of his career captured in this very funny doc. The same man whose irreverent routine in 1968 contributed to the demise of the Smothers Brothers show also directed episodes of Seinfeld, Friends and Curb Your Enthusiasm in the 2000s. Steinberg genially recounts his adventures between clips and interviews with comedians he inspired. EKT

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Out in the Dark


Borders are artificial constructs, and yet the movement across them and confinement within them are part of the human experience. Borders can define Israel, United States, 2012, 96 min., Hebrew, Arabic w/ Eng. subtitles Director: Michael Mayerboundaries of the geographic Screenwriters: Michael Mayer, Yael Shafrir sovereign states or they can Editor: Maria Gonzales Cinematographer: Ran Aviad be internal, personal. SomeAloni, are Principal Cast: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Jameel Khouri open, unguarded; others are fully CASTRO MOn, Jul 29 9:00 pM controlled. These navigate CAlIFORnIA FRI, Augfilms 2 8:55 pM CInEARTS Thu, Aug 8 6:35 pM the complexities of separation, SPONSORED BY FREDERICK HERTZ migration and integration, When a handsome Palestinian grad student artfully constructed stories meets a charming Tel Aviv lawyer at a gayof nightclub, it sets in motion both a cross-border crossing borders in search of love affair as well as a tense drama: Will Nimr’s militant brotherto in uncover Ramallah discover his secret another, a secret, to life? Can Roy’s connections keep Nimr from being deported? Out in the Dark is a taut tale of reveal a truth.

dangerous love played against a backdrop of the Middle East conflict.

Above and Beyond

Anywhere Else



USA, 2014, 87 mins, English Producer: Nancy Spielberg Director: Roberta Grossman Editor: Chris Callister Cinematographer: Harris Done Screenwriter: Sophie Sartain

Germany, 2014, 87 mins, German, English, Hebrew, Yiddish, w/ English Subtitles Director: Ester Amrami Editor: Osnat Michaeli Cinematographer: Johannes Praus Screenwriter: Ester Amrami, Momme Peters Cast: Neta Riskin, Golo Euler, Hana Laslo


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Sponsored by David and Fran Meckler

Sponsored by Carol and Harry Saal

This gripping documentary unfolds like The Great Escape, a true-life wartime adventure story. Produced by Nancy Spielberg and directed by Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie, SFJFF 2012), it celebrates the daring young pilots who volunteered to fly for Israel in the war of 1948. Though their planes were WWII junk heaps, their flight suits Nazi discards, their bravery and skill helped turn the tide of the war. EKT

Noa, an Israeli graduate student in Berlin, takes a spontaneous trip home only to discover why she left in the first place. When her German boyfriend turns up unexpectedly and meets her family, Noa’s carefully separated worlds collide with hilarious and illuminating results. Director Ester Amrami’s prize-winning first feature is an endearing film about family, home, the feeling of being lost in translation and ultimately finding your place somewhere in between. AC

Producer Nancy Spielberg and Director Roberta grossman in person


god’s Slave



Israel, 2013, 84 mins, Hebrew, Arabic w/ English Subtitles Director: Adi Adwan Editor: Or Ben David Cinematographer: Ziv Berkovich Screenwriter: Adi Adwan Cast: Eyad Sheety, Daniella Niddam, Tom Kelrich

Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, 2013, 90 mins, Arabic, Hebrew, French, Spanish w/ English Subtitles Director: Joel Novoa Editor: Manuel Trotta, Xue Yin Cinematographer: Carlos Luis Rodriguez Screenwriter: Fernando Buttazzoni Cast: Cesar Troncoso, Vando Villamil, Laureano Olivares



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After his marriage to a Jewish Israeli woman dissolves, Yosef returns to his mother’s home in a Druze village with his two teenagers in tow. Director Adi Adwan offers an intimate glimpse into the type of insular, traditional community he grew up in. For the Druze, Yosef’s transgression is grave, and the reaction to his arrival is chilly at best. As the villagers’ anger flares up, Arabani builds to a dramatic crescendo. HS



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Co-sponsored by Dan granoff and by Dana Corvin and Harris Weinberg Buenos Aires, 1994. Ahmed, a committed Muslim martyr, works as a successful young surgeon. But his destiny, when the inevitable day arrives, is to carry out an attack for radical Islam. Meanwhile, David, a cold-blooded Mossad agent, awaits the opportunity to exact some very personal revenge. This pulse-pounding thriller pits two determined men against each other in the aftermath of the deadly real-life bombings in Buenos Aries against the Jewish community. Tl

Holy land

Magic Men

Germany, Israel, 2013, 100 mins, German, Hebrew, English w/ English Subtitles Director: Julia Von Heinz Editor: Florian Miosge Cinematographer: Daniela Knapp Screenwriter: Julia von Heinz, John Quester Cast: Karoline Schuch, Doron Amit, Lore Richter



USA, 2013, 78 mins, Arabic, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Peter Cohn Editor: David Cohen, Babak Rassi Cinematographer: Tal Pesses

Israel, 2013, 100 mins, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Director: Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor Editor: Einat Glazer Zarhin Cinematographer: Benji Cohen Screenwriter: Erez Tadmor, Guy Nattiv and Sharon Maymon Cast: Ariane Labed, Makram Khoury, Zohar Shatrauss, Errikos Litsis


Hanna’s Journey


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Sponsored by Janet Schneider and Andrew Kahn Ambitious Berliner Hanna decides that if she is going to succeed in business, she will need some volunteer service on her resume. She heads to Israel to work with disabled Jews cynically saying, “helping Jews always gets you points, and disabled Jews count double.” Probing the effects of the Holocaust’s looming shadow on third generation Israelis and Germans, the film deftly weaves the personal and the political, illustrating how they are inextricably linked. NO



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Sponsored by Anne germanacos Gripping from start to finish, Holy Land documents the lives of those who call the West Bank home as you’ve never seen them before. Following three Israelis and three Palestinians, from an ultra-orthodox Jewish settler to a left-wing Israeli activist to a young Palestinian protestor, over the course of a year, this fascinating documentary paints a complex portrait of the people who live, fight and sometimes die for the land they consider holy. AC Director Peter Cohn in person


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Co-sponsored by Deborah Blank and by the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund In this poignant comedy, an Israeli father and son are forced to confront their painful estrangement over their beliefs. The aging father is an atheist, his middle-aged son a Hasidic rapper. Thrown together on a road trip to Greece, they argue their way along the Adriatic, treating viewers to some stunning scenery. As their quixotic adventure unfolds, it is the actors’ understated performances that give the film its real magic. EKT

The Village of Peace



Italy, Palestine, 2013, 64 mins, Arabic w/ English Subtitles Director: Valeria Testagrossa, Nicole Grignani, Alberto Mussolini, Luca Scaffidi, Andrea Zambelli Editor: Luca Gasparini Cinematographer: Valeria Testagrossa, Nicole Grignani, Alberto Mussolini, Luca Scaffidi, Andrea Zambelli

USA, 2014, 60 mins, English Director: Ben Schuder, Niko Philipides Editor: Vinnie Hobbs Cinematographer: Brandon Katcher


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Sponsored by Dan Wohlfeiler Striplife takes you to the Gaza Strip to experience small moments of daily life. Five Italian filmmakers gained extraordinary access to fishermen, a farmer, a newswoman, a Gaza parkour team, a photographer, a sheepherder and an aging professional soccer player. Like a classic observational documentary, this quiet but powerful film focuses on the ordinary lives of real people in Gaza rather than the more notorious conflicts we are normally accustomed to hearing about. Preceded by Deserted. EM


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An engrossing documentary portrait of African Americans who left their home in Chicago in the late 1960s and migrated to the Negev desert where they now refer to themselves as AfricanHebrew Israelites, heeding Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to embark upon an exodus to the Promised Land. The thriving utopian community bases itself on teachings from the Torah and practices polygamy, natural birth, veganism and a rigorous adherence to physical and emotional health. Tl

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Directors Ben Schuder and Niko Philipides and Producers Aaron McCreary, Sam Schuder and Jack Madigan in person

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Israeli Jews and Arabs playing American football, a former CIA agent and psychic to the stars, the first ever female rabbi, the first TV series portraying ultraorthodox families in Jerusalem. Flying in the face of formula and convention, these subjects demonstrate creativity and innovation in life and love. They counter stereotypes and defy expectations. They persist in the face of obstacles and challenge all of our preconceived notions.

All There Is




USA, 2014, 86 mins, English Director: Aaron Fisher-Cohen Editor: Sam Nalband Cinematographer: Andrei Schwartz Screenwriter: Max Fisher-Cohen, Aaron Fisher-Cohen Cast: Dominic Chianese, Joanna Merlin, Jonathan Rosen

USA, 2014, 85 mins, German w/English Subtitles Director: Douglas Wolfsperger Editor: Frank Brummundt Cinematographer: Frank Armann, Igor Luther Screenwriter: Douglas Wolfsperger Cast: Greta Klingsberg, Annika Westphal, Ikra Fatma-Latif


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Co-Sponsored by Susan and Jay Mall and by Carol and Norm Traeger Malcolm and Lily embark on their post-collegiate life with a pit stop at Malcom’s grandparents’ (Sopranos star Dominic Chianese) “active adult” community in New Jersey. Each couple sees life’s possibilities and shortcomings in each other, and soon they all find themselves coming to terms with the excitement, uncertainty and bittersweet revelation that you’re never too old to grow up. Note: This is a special sneak preview/work in progress screening. MM

little Horribles: An Evening with Amy york Rubin

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If George Costanza and Murphy Brown had a baby, it would be named Amy York Rubin, the creator and star of Little Horribles, a darkly comedic web series that follows the poor decisions of a self-indulgent lesbian. With Little Horribles hailed as one of the top ten web series of 2013 by Variety and called “the lesbian answer to Girls” by the Huffington Post, Rubin has emerged as a bold new comedic voice. JM Director Amy york Rubin in person

TuESDAy, July 29 2:00PM FREE SuNDAy, AuguST 10 2:25PM

Free Matinees are generously provided by the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Federation and Endowment Fund Douglas Wolfsperger’s inspiring documentary Brundibár has a wonderfully novelistic texture. Youth educator Uta Plate brings actors for her Berlin production of this Czech children’s opera to Terezin together with Greta Klingsberg, who played the lead role in the Theresienstadt concentration camp as a 13-year-old, before being shipped to Auschwitz. The forthright and spirited Klingsberg, one of the few remaining original actors, inspires today’s cast members, themselves outsiders in German society. SR

Regarding Susan Sontag

USA, 2013, 70 mins, English Director: Amy York Rubin



USA, 2014, 100 mins, English Director: Nancy Kates Editor: John Haptas Cinematographer: Sophie Constantinou


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Co-sponsored by Britex Fabrics and by Fern Tiger and Michael Pyatok A self-identified secular Jew, Susan Sontag loved life, and her essays, novels, short stories, plays and activism enriched ours. Her writings about war, freedom of speech, photography, art, illness and terrorism are provocative and enlightening touchstones. With textured imagery, an evocative soundtrack and stories from friends, family, colleagues and lovers, Regarding Susan Sontag explores the life of one of the most important cultural and political thinkers of our time. EM Director Nancy Kates in person



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Castro screening followed by a post film discussion at congregation Sha’ar Zahav.

The Secret life of uri geller





UK, Hungary, 2013, 63 mins, English Director: Diana Groo Editor: Laszlo Hargittai Cinematographer: Sandor Kardos

UK, 2013, 90 mins, English Director: Vikram Jayanti Editor: Tamer Osman, Perry Gibbs, Sean Gatenby Cinematographer: David Rea

Israel, 2013, 133 mins, Hebrew w/English Subtitles Director: Alon Zingman Cinematographer: Roi Rot Screenwriter: Ori Alon, Yehonatan Indursky Cast: Shira Haas, Neta Riskin, Michael Aloni





Free Matinees are generously provided by the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund With the only surviving photo of Regina Jonas, filmmaker Diana Groo reconstructs the life of the world’s first female rabbi. The film poetically reveals the pleasures and chaos of Weimar and post-Weimar Germany with archival images from cabarets to the 1936 Olympics. During the Nazi era, Jonas’s sermons and her unparalleled dedication brought encouragement to persecuted German Jews. With actress Rachel Weisz as the voice of Regina. Preceded by Tzniut. JP

Swim little Fish Swim


MONDAy, July 28 FRIDAy, AuguST 1 SATuRDAy, AuguST 9

8:35PM 6:40PM 9:15PM

Sponsored by Sasha and Irina Kovriga Vikram Jayanti’s doc is no mere portrait of Uri Geller, the famed Israeli spoon bender who became the world’s foremost showbiz psychic. Jayanti makes the curious case that government intelligence agencies used (and possibly still use) Geller’s unique paranormal powers. Whether recounting his friendship with John Lennon or his time as the psychic bodyguard for the Mexican first family, Uri Geller is a hypnotic raconteur who makes this film fascinating to watch. Tl


MONDAy, July 28 11:30AM WEDNESDAy, July 30 1:05PM THuRSDAy, AuguST 7 1:45PM

Sponsored by Orli and Zack Rinat Love, work, relationships—the Shtisels’ problems are like those of any other family, except that they happen to be haredim, ultra-religious Jews. SFJFF presents the first three episodes of this popular award-winning TV drama set in Jerusalem which has hooked viewers worldwide with its stylish production values, humor, great acting (it stars Michael Aloni, Out in the Dark, SFJFF 2013) and compelling story lines recounted with heartfelt emotion and humor. AC

Touchdown Israel

35 & under Pass: USA, France, 2013, 96 mins, English, French w/ English Subtitles Director: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis Editor: Thomas Marchand Cinematographer: Brett Jutkiewitz Screenwriter: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis Cast: Lola Bessis, Dustin Guy Defa, Brooke Bloom, Anne Consigny


SATuRDAy, July 26 FRIDAy, AuguST 8 SuNDAy, AuguST 10

9:30PM 4:20PM 8:55PM

Idealistic musician Leeward and his breadwinner wife Mary share a tiny New York apartment where they raise their three-year-old daughter. When aspiring young French artist Lilas crashes on their couch and strikes a chord with at-sea Leeward, the couple’s ideological conflicts come into sharper focus. Writer/directors Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis’s first feature (and her acting debut as Lilas) is a heartfelt film about the struggle between creativity and adulthood. AC

WORlD PREMIERE USA, Israel, 2014, 85 mins, English Director: Paul Hirschberger Editor: Zelda Greenstein Cinematographer: Shalom Rufeisen Screenwriter: Paul Hirschberger


SATuRDAy, July 26 1:45PM SuNDAy, July 27 11:30AM SATuRDAy, AuguST 9 2:00PM SuNDAy, AuguST 10 1:45PM

Sponsored by the laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation

The best deal in town for those aged 35 & younger. One pass gets you unlimited access to all regularly priced films at all Bay Area locations.

Israel is the last place you would expect the cornfed tradition of American football to catch on. But don’t tell that to the passionate players and coaches in the 11-team Israel Football League, who play for nothing but pride. Touchdown Israel is a surprising look at how the gridiron sport has found an unlikely toehold in the Holy Land, examining Jewish-Arab camaraderie (and occasional tensions) among the league’s multiethnic rosters. PlS Director Paul Hirschberger in person

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Castro Theatre

San Francisco | July 24–August 3 415.621.6120 429 Castro Street (at Market Street), San Francisco THuRSDAy, July 24 TIME 6:30PM 9:00PM

TITlE PAgE The green Prince (Opening Night) 4 Opening Night Party (at the Contemporary Jewish Museum)

FRIDAy, July 25 11:45AM 1:45PM 4:00PM 6:30PM 9:00PM

Beginning With The End Super Women The Starfish Throwers Vessel Transit

8 9 9 9 9

SATuRDAy, July 26 12:00PM 2:00PM 4:30PM 7:00PM 9:30PM

Striplife with Deserted My Own Man 112 Weddings Arlo & Julie with A Knock on the Door Swim little Fish Swim

15 13 12 12 17

SuNDAy, July 27 11:30AM Touchdown Israel 1:35PM Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 4:05PM A Place in Heaven 7:00PM Above and Beyond 9:30PM All There Is

17 9

MONDAy, July 28 11:30AM 2:10PM 4:00PM 6:15PM 9:15PM

Shtisel Arabani Holy land Watchers of the Sky (Centerpiece Documentary) Hanna’s Journey

THuRSDAy, July 31 17 14 15 5 15 9:15PM

TuESDAy, July 29 12:00PM 1:45PM 3:45PM 6:15PM 9:05PM

Natan with Eden Rests Anywhere Else life as a Rumor Run Boy Run (Centerpiece Narrative) 24 Days

13 14 11 5 10

WEDNESDAy, July 30 12:00PM 1:50PM 4:05PM 6:25PM 8:55PM

Funeral at Noon In the Image with Mirror Image A life in Dirty Movies Comedy Warriors (live Performance by Joe Kashnow) Jews in Shorts (Comedy)

12:00PM 2:05PM 4:00PM 6:15PM

10 8 13 7 12

The last Mentsch 11 17 Regina with Tzniut (free) For a Woman 10 Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes 6 of Sholem Aleichem Followed by Theodore Bikel performance Snails in the Rain 11

FRIDAy, AuguST 1 12:00PM 2:00PM 4:10PM 6:40PM 8:50PM

god’s Slave The Village of Peace Jews in Shorts (Docs) The Secret life of uri geller Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story

14 15 13 17 13

SATuRDAy, AuguST 2 12:00PM 2:00PM 4:40PM 7:20PM 9:30PM

10%: What Makes a Hero? Regarding Susan Sontag Mamele Zero Motivation Magic Men

8 16 11 11 15

SuNDAy, AuguST 3

7 14 16

12:15PM The Sturgeon Queens 6 with Salomea’s Nose 2:40PM Havana Curevball with Some vacation. 8 4:50PM El Critico 10 7:00PM little White lie with little Horribles 4 (Closing Night) 9:00PM Closing Night Reception

CinéArts@Palo Alto Square Palo Alto | July 26 – July 31 650.493.0218 3000 El Camino Real Bldg. #6, Palo Alto SATuRDAy, July 26 11:45AM Mamele 1:45PM Touchdown Israel 4:15PM The Sturgeon Queens with Salomea’s Nose 6:05PM The green Prince 8:45PM For a Woman

MONDAy, July 28 11 17 6 4 10

SuNDAy, July 27 12:00PM 2:00PM 4:25PM 6:55PM 8:55PM


10%: What Makes a Hero? My Own Man 112 Weddings The last Mentsch 24 Days

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8 13 12 11 10

1:15PM 3:15PM 6:00PM 8:35PM

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Regarding Susan Sontag Above and Beyond The Secret life of uri geller

WEDNESDAy, July 30 9 16 14 17

TuESDAy, July 29 2:00PM 4:00PM 7:00PM 8:55PM

Brundibár(free) Watchers of the Sky Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story Transit

16 5 13 9

1:05PM 3:50PM 6:00PM 8:50PM

Shtisel The Village of Peace Run Boy Run A Place in Heaven

17 15 5 7

THuRSDAy, July 31 12:30PM 2:40PM 4:45PM 7:00PM 8:50PM

Havana Curveball with Some vacation. 8 Arabani 14 A life in Dirty Movies 13 Comedy Warriors 7 Magic Men 15

grand lake Theater

FRIDAy, AuguST 1

FRIDAy, AuguST 8

Berkeley | August 1–August 7 510.848.0620 2113 Kittredge Street, Berkeley (between Oxford & Shattuck) 1:30PM 3:15PM 5:20PM 7:00PM 8:50PM

Natan with Eden Rests Strip life with Deserted Father and Son with Hollow land Comedy Warriors Hanna’s Journey

13 15 12 7 15

SATuRDAy, AuguST 2 12:00PM 2:00PM 4:25PM 6:50PM 8:55PM

Vessel Holy land A life in Dirty Movies El Critico Arlo & Julie with A Knock on the Door

9 15 13 10 12

SuNDAy, AuguST 3 11:30AM 2:15PM 4:45PM 7:00PM 9:05PM

Regarding Susan Sontag Above and Beyond In the Image with Mirror Image The green Prince Snails in the Rain

Rayko Photo Center

Oakland | August 8–August 10 510.452.3556 3200 grand Avenue, Oakland (at lake Park Avenue)

16 14 8 4 11

2:35PM 4:45PM 6:45PM 8:45PM

The Village of Peace My Own Man god’s Slave Arabani

San Francisco | August 1 415.495.3773 428 Third Street, San Francisco FRIDAy, AuguST 1 9:00PM 15 13 14 14

SATuRDAy, AuguST 9 12:00PM 2:00PM 4:30PM 7:00PM 9:15PM

10%: What Makes a Hero? Touchdown Israel Watchers of the Sky For A Woman The Secret life of uri geller


California Theatre

8 17 5 10 17


The New Parkway Theater Oakland | August 7 510.658.7900 474 24th Street, Oakland (between Valley St. & Telegraph Ave.) THuRSDAy, AuguST 7 7:00PM

SuNDAy, AuguST 10

little Horribles: An Evening with Amy york Rubin

little White lie with little Horribles


12:15PM Havana Curevball with Some vacation. 8 2:25PM Brundibár 16 4:25PM Soft Vengeance: 9 Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 6:45PM Transit 9 8:55PM Swim little Fish Swim 17

MONDAy, AuguST 4 2:00PM 4:00PM 6:40PM 8:55PM

Regina with Tznuit (free) 17 Mamele 11 little White lie with little Horribles 4 Magic Men 15

TuESDAy, AuguST 5 2:00PM 4:00PM 6:15PM 8:20PM

Funeral at Noon Jews in Shorts (Comedy) 112 Weddings Jews in Shorts (Docs)

10 12 12 13

WEDNESDAy, AuguST 6 1:45PM 3:45PM 6:20PM 8:45PM

Anywhere Else life as a Rumor 24 Days The last Mentsch

14 11 10 11

THuRSDAy, AuguST 7 1:45PM 4:30PM 6:30PM 8:55PM

Shtisel Super Women Run Boy Run A Place in Heaven

17 9 5 7

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Berkeley / August 2 510.647.2900 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley

Smith Rafael Film Center

San Rafael | August 8–August 10 415.454.1222 1118 4th Street, San Rafael

On the go?

FRIDAy, AuguST 8 2:10PM 4:20PM 6:30PM 8:45PM

Mamele Swim little Fish Swim The green Prince 24 Days

11 17 4 10

SATuRDAy, AuguST 9 1:00PM 3:00PM 4:45PM 6:50PM 8:55PM

My Own Man 13 little White lie with little Horribles 4 god’s Slave 14 El Critico 10 Comedy Warriors 7

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SuNDAy, AuguST 10 12:00PM The Sturgeon Queens with Salomea’s Nose 1:45PM Touchdown Israel 4:15PM Watchers of the Sky 6:45PM Snails in the Rain 8:40PM A Place in Heaven

6 17 5 11 7

SATuRDAy, AuguST 2 6:30PM

The Sturgeon Queens


with Salomea’s Nose


Big Night Party

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Thank you

Thank you The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival extends a heartfelt thanks to all of its generous donors. gifts of $100 or more received between May 16, 2013 and May 15, 2014 are listed below. For information on how you can support SFJFF, please contact the Development Department at 415.621.0556, x205 or development@sfjff.org. P RE S E N TIN g SPO N S O R S Opening Night Sponsor Wells Fargo

Centerpiece Sponsor Lazlo N. Tauber Philanthropic Fund

Closing Night Sponsor Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation

B uS IN E S S AN D C OM Mu N ITy S P O N SO R S Berkeley Film Foundation Britex Fabrics Consulate General of Israel, Pacific Northwest Region Craig Harrison’s Expressions of Excellence!TM Krevsky Fine Art Services Goldman, Sachs & Co. Israel Center of The Jewish Community Federation Osterweis Capital Management Schoenberg Family Law Group Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha Wareham Development Wells Fargo

M E D IA S P O N SO R S ABC7/KGO-TV East Bay Express EuroChannel Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes J Weekly KDFC KQED North Bay Bohemian Pacific Sun Palo Alto Online Palo Alto Weekly


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I N -KI N D SPO N S O R S Anita Bowen Photography Arabica Bisou Bistro Bistro Liasion Catch Cinema Club The Contemporary Jewish Museum Dante’s Table Dolby East & West Gourmet Afghan Food - Bolani FedEx Frames per Sound Galleria Park Hotel Grand Bakery Hagafen Hotel Rex JJardine Joie de Vivre King Knish Lagunitas Brewing Landmark Theatres Laurel Inn Leftwich Martin Lawrence Galleries Memphis Minnie’s Bar-B-Que Poesia Italian Restaurant Rayko Photo Center San Francisco Honda Savoy Events Ted Boerner, Inc.

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Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Blank Family Foundation Derby-Salkin Family Fund Gaia Fund George Wasserman Family Foundation Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund Grossberg Abrams Foundation The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Walter & Elise Haas Fund William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Young Funders Impact Grants Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

I ND I V I D uAl D O NO R S Visionary Circle: Benefactors Steven and Bunny Fayne Susan Folkman Meredith J. Goldsmith Alvin and Roseanne Levitt Raymond Lifchez David and Fran Meckler Gale Mondry and Bruce Cohen The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund Lela and Gerry Sarnat Lazlo N. Tauber Philanthropic Fund Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum

Visionary Circle: Directors Anonymous All Voices Welcome Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay Liki and Joe Abrams Nancy Blachman and David desJardins Sandee Blechman and Steven Goldberg Denis Bouvier Lisa and Matt Chanoff Amy and Morton Friedkin Phyllis K. Friedman Linda and Sanford Gallanter Anne Germanacos

Diana Grand and Jonathan Holman Nancy and Stephen Grand Lorraine Honig Sasha and Irina Kovriga Hannah Kranzberg Moses and Susan Libitzky Harry and Carol Saal Roselyn C. Swig Janet Schneider and Andrew Kahn

Executive Producers Anonymous Ronald Abileah and Marlene Winograd Tracy and Dennis Albers Gary Angel and Sharmon Spector-Angel Robert and Judy Aptekar Deborah Blank Carolyn Cavalier Rosenberg and Sandy Rosenberg Dana Corvin and Harris Weinberg Bill Falik and Diana Cohen Dan Granoff M.D. Carl and Gay Grunfeld Frederick Hertz Russell and Susan Holdstein Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow Jim and Cathy Koshland George and Doris Krevsky Linda and Frank Kurtz Susan and Jay Mall Richard Nagler and Sheila Sosnow Paul Resnick and Joan Karlin Orli and Zack Rinat Emily Rosenberg Laura Sanchez Fern Tiger and Michael Pyatok Carol and Norm Traeger Terry and Carol Hutner Winograd Dan Wohlfeiler Harold and Mary Zlot

Producers Anonymous Susan Blachman and Joel Biatch Michael Bien and Jane Kahn Richard and Victoria Burt Sanford and Jean Colen Rick and Roberta Cummings William B. Dickey and Matt Huyck Kathryn and Dan Edelman Michael Ehrenzweig

Irwin and Concepcion Federman Carol and Howard Fine Annelise Goldberg and Aaron Roland Helen M. Z. Harwood and Alvaro A. Garcia David Jadeson Spencer Jarrett Wendy and Howard Kleckner Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Lexi Leban and Helga Sigvaldadottir Adrienne Leder-Schriner and Kyle Schriner David and Julie Levine Mark and Adele Lieberman Helene and Charles Linker Roger Low Dawn and Sandy Margolin Susan Minker Greg Minshall Stephen H. and Laura Z. Olson John Osterweis Alan Ramo and Leslie Rose Sue Reinhold and Deborah Newbrun Hilary and Johnny Reinis Mark Reisman, MD and Rogelio Chaapa Martin and Edis Robinson Alan and Susan Rothenberg Toby and Robert Rubin Ann and Howard Sohn Peter L. Stein Vera and Harold S. Stein, Jr. Steven and Mary Swig Robert Tandler and Valli Benesch Martin Tannenbaum and Alex Ingersoll Marjorie and Barry Traub Janet Traub Lonnie J. Weiss

Patron Anonymous (2) Jack and Betty Adler Orit Atzmon Wendy Bear Barbara Berk Mark W. Bernstein Lee Bevis Sharon and Theodore Block Craig Broscow Larry Burgheimer Bonnie Burt and Mark Liss Tim Cassidy Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Caston Sheri Cohen and Charles Green Susan and Lee David Julie Fingersh and David Rudnick Hal Fischer

Friends Anonymous (2) Lynn Altshuler and Stanley D. Herzstein Clara Basile Susan Borkin Michael and Eugenia Brin Pamela Burdman Alan Burkin and Carol Olmert Emily Campbell Ventura Chalom and Paul Fogel Irene P. Cohn Glenn Davis and James Takagi Dana Doron Maurice and Marguerite Edelstein Adam Eilath Judi Elman Harris Julie Felner and Amy Harrison Helena R. Foster Bruce Golden and Michelle Mercer Jameson Goldner and Geri Rossen Susan Goldstein and Andy Kivel

Beth H. Hoenninger Nancy Igdaloff Jeff and Laura Javerbaum Seth and Sharon Kaufman Janie Kass and Eric Silverman Gloria and Heino Kolbe-Saltzman Donna A. Korones Joshua Langenthal and Diane Halberg Warren and Barbara Levinson Allie Light, for Irving Carrie and Ronald Ludwig David Malman Charlene and Richard Maltzman Doug Mandell Barbara Meislin Ruth-Ann and Isadore Mendel Susan Moldaw Lee and Stuart Pollak Laura Rice-Hall Polly Rosenthal Maureen F. and Paul H. Roskoph Joshua Rutberg Arnold and Madeline Schuster Scott Seaman Leonard Shustek and Donna Dubinsky Karla and Neil Smith Lisa Spiegel Frances A. Von Lukanovic and Andrea S. Brown Mayumi Warkel Julia Weber Ruth and Robert White Richard and Sue Wollack

Associates Anonymous (2) Steve and Joan Abel Marcia and Matthew Allen Carol and Harvey Allen Fred H. Altshuler Irina and Boris Auerbuch Charna Ball Dan Barki Rosyland and Robert Bauer Sheila and Murray Baumgarten Suzanne and David Broad Robert Brody and Andrea Jacoby Martin and Geraldine Brownstein Neal Burns and Martha Russell Susan Cable Sol and Kate Coffino Micki and Bob Cooper Susan David Sheri and Philip DeCarlo

Jim Dimon and Deborah Resnikoff Susan Drell Eleanor Drey Philip Dreyfus and Julie Friend Trish Elliott Netta Fedor Anita A. Feinstein Darlene Feldstein Marilee and Arthur Fenn Saul Fenster Diane Filippi and Ephraim Hirsch Michael Freeman, M.D. and Victoria Stone Sheldon and Myra Freisinger Sandra and Thomas Friedland Ednah Friedman David Gabriel Jack Gardner and Candy Rupp Daven Gee Marjorie Gelb and Mark Aaronson Julia Gilden Foster Goldstrom Lenore Gordon-Ferkin Amy Gorman Sheldon and Judy Greene Allyson Halpern and Dan Cohen Sheryl Hausman and Jack Maslow Siva Heiman Nancy Hollander and Stephen Portuges Lori and Mark Horne Sonny and Steve Hurst Lois and Jerome Jacobs Rose Malinowski Juan Marcia Kadaff Alice and Morrie Kahn Linda and Thomas Kaliwski Josie Kamin Susan and Richard Kaplan Tobye and Ronald Kaye Toni King Kenneth Kirsner Gilbert Kliman and Harriet Wolfe Ellen Klutznick Felix Kramer and Rochelle Lefkowitz Terry Kraus Jackie Krentzman Connie Levi and Alan Robin Beryl and Leonard Levine Mark Lipman Lockard/Marduel Revocable Trust Susan Lubeck and Richard Weiner

Barry Lynch Ruth and Martin Malkin Leslie Miessner Diane Mintz Rosanne Model Andrew Moss Samuel and Daphne Noily Frank Olken Jenni Olson and Julie Dorf Michael Peltz Gladys and Victor Perez-Mendez Carol Pertofsky Janis Plotkin Enid Pollack Norman Postone and Lisa Fruchtman James Puskar Michael and Susan Rancer Michael and Jane Rice Susan Roane Lily Robinson Karen Roekard Sharon Rose Peter and Beth Rosenthal Maureen and Paul Roskoph Renee Ross Martha V. Rubinson Eleanor Rush Sylvia Sabel and Joel Rubinstein Janet Saunders Dorothy R. Saxe Karen Schein Arielle and Jasper Schriner (grandchildren) Gabriella Schultz Craig Seidel Sara Seims Rita Semel Paul and Joan Sher Ross and Sheri Siegel Judith Singer Barry Sitkoff Myra Strober and Jay Jackman Lidia Szajko and Nanci Clarence Donald Ungar and Susan Romer Isabel Wade Marilyn and Murry Waldman Marilyn and Raymond Weisberg Susan Wengraf Andrew Wilson Diane Wolf and Frank Hirtz Jerry Wolfe and Anna Fisher Jon Zimman Judith and Steven Zimmerman

The Future Starts Now One powerful way to express your values long into the future is to make a planned gift to SFJFF’s Future Focus Fund. To discuss planned giving opportunities confidentially, please contact the development department at 415.621.0556, x205 or kgawryn@sfjff.org.

Thank you

Bruce Fodiman Nancy Friedman and Terry Eli Hill Penelope A. Goldsmith Natalie Gubb and David Arpi Howard Herman and Claudia Bernard Stephanie and Rudolph Hoffman Esther and Mark Hudes Abbott and Janet Leban Owen Levin and Hagar Scher Michael Levine Rivka Livni Elizabeth Marcus Suzanne Meyer Dr. Raquel H. Newman Sara Newman Doug Okun and Eric Ethington Rabbi Stephen Pearce Jan Platt and Jeff Ross Harry Pollack and Joanne Backman Eileen and Rob Ruby Alice and Bill Russell-Shapiro Andrea Scharf Danny Scher Jane Scott Judy and Lee Shulman Scott Silver Laura Tow The Sarah Wall Memorial Fund Robert T. Weston

Future Focus Fund Anonymous (4) Dan Barki Deborah Blank Jaklyn Brookman Susie Coliver Dana Doron Michael Ehrenzweig Ronald Feldman Nancy K. Fishman Jack Gardner Craig Harrison’s Expressions of Excellence!™ Fredrick Hertz Nancy Igdaloff Spencer Jarrett Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow Wendy and Howard Kleckner Sasha Kovriga Abbott and Janet Leban Lexi Leban and Helga Sigvaldadóttir Adrienne Leder-Schriner Owen Levin Gale Mondry and Bruce Cohen Richard Nagler and Sheila Sosnow Sara J. Newman Doug Okun Janis Plotkin Jay Rosenblatt Peter Samis Janet Schneider and Andrew Kahn Peter L. Stein Dan Wohlfeiler

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Membership levels and Benefits $5,000 DIRECTOR All benefits at the Associate level plus: • Four premiere All-Festival Passes which include four admissions to SF Opening Night and Closing Night • Invitations to private VIP Festival Preview, Filmmaker Dinner, and Shabbat Dinner • Invitation for private meal with filmmaker guests • Opportunity for an exclusive personal film dedication in the Festival catalog of your choice • Opportunity to host private reception on the Castro Mezzanine


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More than just a summer film festival, SFJFF brings the best in Jewish film to the Bay Area and beyond all year long. We partner with other organizations on dozens of co-presentations at festivals and events, create access to our everincreasing catalogue of films through SFJFF Online, and support year-round programs that create opportunities for communities to come together and showcase the groundbreaking, thought-provoking and visionary work of international and national filmmakers. Highlights of the year include screenings of Bethlehem , the Israeli entry for the Oscar, Inside llewyn Davis by the Coen Brothers, Obvious Child starring Jenny Slate, The Congress, Ari Folman’s animated feature from Cannes Directors’ Fortnight starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel, and the prize winning Polish film Ida .

SFJFF Filmmaker Residency Extending from our mission to support independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes, our SFJFF Filmmaker Residency supports the work of an emerging filmmaker each year through the Ninth Street Independent Film Center’s Media Arts Incubator Program with funding provided by the San Francisco Film Commission. David Sanatamaria is SFJFF’s Filmmaker in Residence.

SFJFF Online With over 1.6 million views, join our global audiences and visit SFJFF Online. Search our archive of expertly curated Jewish film, watch Jewish short films for free and get an in-depth and behindthe-scenes view of filmmakers and films on our blog. Our newly expanded collection features 50 short films including audience favorites from our online program and some exciting new releases.

The New Jewish Filmmaking Project The New Jewish Filmmaking Project, produced by Citizen Film, is a year-round program of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Since 2002, more than 300 young storytellers, ages 15-25 have worked with the NJFP to create sophisticated, authentically personal documentary projects, viewed by some 300,000 people to date. This year, Citizen Film, Columbia’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, SFJFF and our New Jewish Filmmaking Project proudly co-present a selection of innovative web-based multimedia productions created on college campuses across the country.

year Round Exhibitions

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All year long with SFJFF

SFJFF Winter Fest We couldn’t wait a whole year for the next major showcase of films. In 2014, SFJFF inaugurated our daylong Winter Fest, bringing all-new, critically acclaimed films to the historic Vogue Theater in San Francisco. SFJFF Families @ The New Parkway Eat, drink, film! January through June, SFJFF Families @ The New Parkway screens on the fourth Sunday each month at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland. SFJFF @JCCSF One-offs in the Fall and Spring. Exhibitions at the JCCSF feature cutting edge television and food and film pairings. SFJFF @ Osher Marin: Best of the Fest We took the best of the 33rd SFJFF and brought it back for North Bay audiences at this inaugural mini-series -- showcasing the best of SFJFF and bringing special guests to each screening. Look forward an expanded menu of offerings in 2015! SFJFF @ The Magnes The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley teams up with SFJFF for special events on the first Thursday of each month from October to May. Bringing festival favorites, exciting new works, and noted scholars, filmmakers and artists together for screenings followed by lively discussions. Mitzvah Series With generous support from the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropy Foundation, SFJFF’s Mitzvah Series takes our festival programming into Bay Area senior centers and nursing homes, where we show films at no charge to residents who do not otherwise have access to independent Jewish-themed films and discussions.

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RE gu l AR P RO gRAM S Jewish Film Forum (JFF) Members general Public Seniors (65 and older) / Students w/ID SP E C IAl P R OgR AM S SF Opening Night SF Opening Night – Film Only SF Closing Night Berkeley Big Night All Other Special Programs

$12.00 $14.00 $13.00 $65 Members / $75 general Public $30 Members / $35 general Public $22 Members / $25 general Public $22 Members / $25 general Public $15 Members / $18 general Public*

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$9.00 $10.00

N O M O R E TI C K ET P R O C ES S I N G FEES! OP E N IN g N IgH T S C R EEN I N g/ P A R T y Opening Night 2014 will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Festivities will begin with the Opening Night Screening, followed by the Opening Night Party at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Box Office will be open at the Castro Theatre for ticket pick-up. Please allow extra time for Will Call on Opening Night. The Opening Night Party is a 21 and over event. Parking for Opening Night Party at the CJM is available for a fee at the Jessie Square Garage, Stevenson St. off 3rd between Mission/Market. See www.sfjff.org for pricing details and maps.

H OW C AN I Bu y T I CKET S ? Online: www.sfjff.org Phone: 415.621.0523 | Monday – Friday, 10am -5pm Box Office Opens June 24 for members only. General sales begin June 27, 2014 For Questions and/or information please email: boxoffice@sfjff.org, Due to high call volume, not every call can be answered. Please leave the Box Office a message and they will return your call shortly.

FE STI V A l PA SSE S All-Festival Pass (Member Price) $260 Members / $295 general Public 35 and under Pass (35 yrs old and younger only with ID) $30.00 N E W PA SSE S: Palo Alto Pass Marin Pass

$175 Members / $195 general Public $100 Members / $120 general Public

All Festival Pass is good for all shows at all theatres, including special programs and parties. 35 and Under Pass is good for all shows except SF Opening and Berkeley Big Night. Palo Alto Pass is good only for shows at the CinéArts, Palo Alto. Marin Pass is good only for shows at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. Early-entrance line is reserved for pass holders. Pass holders MUST ARRIVE and be in line 20 minutes prior to show time. Passes do not guarantee seating.

D I SCO uNT 10-Fl I x V O u CH E R S JFF Members (limit 2 per member) general Public

$90.00 $110.00

The 10-Flix Voucher is good for 10 regular priced tickets to any 10 programs of your choice (not good for Special Programs). Share with family and friends, fully transferable. Great for gifts! 10-Flix Vouchers cannot guarantee tickets to sold-out shows, so redeem early to ensure ticket availability.

R u SH lI NE Rush tickets will be available at the venue one hour prior to show time. Available rush tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. NO DISCOUNTS APPLY. CASH ONLY. 10-Flix Vouchers not valid for rush tickets

For complete ticket information including full policies, pricing, delivery options, and limitations please go to www.sfjff.org/tickets

Administrative Director Owen Levin Program Director Jay Rosenblatt Development Director Kerri Gawryn Programmer Joshua Moore Development & Membership Associate Patrik Nylund Marketing & Communications Coordinator Emma Rae Lierley Administrative Coordinator Adam Cuttler Hospitality Coordinator Tien-Tien Jong

Publicity & Publications Coordinator Val Castro Bookkeeper Amelia Paradise Community Outreach Coordinator Myra Feiger Festival Publicists Karen Larsen Vince Johnson Interns Yoon Eun Jung Nathan Gellman Enrique Ramirez Emily Jacobi Volunteer Coordinator Jordan Menasche Special Events Partner Leftwich Events Specialists, Inc

2014 SFJFF Trailer Eleven, Inc. Aryan Aminzadeh Edward Feldman Anastacia Maggioncalda Mike McKay Christopher Newman Lindsey Wood Sara Worthington 2014 SFJFF iPhone App Frames Per Sound Talia DeVault Matt Ozer Hospitality Assistants John Bouvier Brian Freeman David Gutierez Texas Star House Manager, SF & San Rafael Brad Robinson

House Manager, Palo Alto, Berkeley Gino Caputi Technical Director Hal Rowland Ticketing Services Box Cubed Ben Armington Beth Tweedy Mitch Vaughn Copy Editor Miguel Pendas Print Traffic Manager Chris F. Powell Print Traffic Assistant Kurtis Lee Hermes Print Broker Donna Steger

Pre-Screeners Jennie Adler Doreen Aviv Margot Brier Bonnie Burt Mike Chan Audrey Daniel Barbara Davis Gail Evenari Myra Feiger Keren Hantman Karen Holmes Natalie Kaniel Vivian Kleiman Jan Krawitz Valerie Lapin Ganley Sarah Lefton Moshe Levin David Liu Abby Margolis Mel Margolis Neil Michling Zoe Pressman Enrique Ramirez Ken Paul Rosenthal

Shevi RosenfeldLoewinger Rachel Rosenson Emily Savage Emmy Scharlatt Harvey Schwartz Susan Stern Janet Underwood Mark Valentine David Volansky Diane Wolf Noemi Ziegler


Staff Executive Director Lexi Leban



Creative Director & Design Caroline Van Remortel

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Index 10%: What Makes a Hero? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 112 Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 24 Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 7 Day gig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Above and Beyond: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Birth of the Israeli Air Force All There Is. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Anywhere Else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Arabani. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Arlo & Julie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Beginning With The End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Brundibár . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Bulletproof Stockings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Comedy Warriors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Deserted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Eden Rests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 El Critico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Facing Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Father and Son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 For a Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Funeral at Noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Funeral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 god’s Slave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The green Prince . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Hanna’s Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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Havana Curveball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Hollow land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Holy land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 I’m A Mitzvah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 In the Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Jews in Shorts (Comedy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Jews in Shorts (Docs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 A Knock on the Door. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The last Mentsch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 life as a Rumor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 A life in Dirty Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 little Horribles: An Evening with Amy york Rubin . . 16 little White lie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Magic Men . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mamele . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Mirror Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 My Favorite Neoconservative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 My Own Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Natan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 A Place in Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story . . . . . . . . . 13 Regarding Susan Sontag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Regina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Run Boy Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Salomea’s Nose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

The Secret life Of uri geller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Setup, Punch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Shtisel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Snails in the Rain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Soft Vengeance: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Some vacation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Starfish Throwers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Striplife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Sturgeon Queens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Super Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Swim little Fish Swim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem . . . 6 Touchdown Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Transit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tzniut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Vessel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Village of Peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Vishneva, Belarus Soviet union Poland . . . . . . . . . . 13 Watchers of the Sky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Welcome and Our Condolences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 What’s in a Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Zero Motivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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