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2017 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival


ISREEL

The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival & the Contra Costa JCC will celebrate Israel’s 69th birthday with a cinematic salute. We thank our co-sponsors for joining with us.

To purchase advance tickets, go to the film write-up and click on “Buy Tickets.” Your tickets will be held at Will Call.

Tickets will also be available at the door. For questions call: 925-240-3053.


THANK YOU

On behalf of the all of the Committee members and volunteers who brought our Festival to you, THANK YOU for sharing the magic of film with us. Our 2017 films brought a diverse array of characters, issues and historical times to the screen, and we hope that you will return in early March 2018 when we celebrate our 23rd year.

We will be compiling your evaluations and report back the results to you. Many thanks to all of our individual, organizational and corporate sponsors, and to our festival-goers.

And be sure to check out eastbayjewishfilm.org in April for a line-up of our spring between-festival screenings.

See you at the movies!


WELCOME

Our 22nd year of bringing international and independent films to Contra Costa and Tri-Valley starts off with big news. The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival is now an independent non-profit organization. Our “parent” organization is the Independent Jewish World Cinema under whose banner we will be presenting between-Festival programming.

We thank all of our individual, organizational and corporate sponsors for supporting our community-building efforts over the past two decades. Film Festivals, like many cultural events, are only made possible by the generosity of our donors. Please consider making a gift so that we can expand our ability to educate as well as entertain.

This year’s cinematic line-up is exceptionally strong. We are fortunate to have identified two excellent features from Argentina. Added to offerings from England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the USA, our films span the globe.

While we do not purposefully identify a “theme” when making our selections, many of this year’s films showcase personal journeys of discovery wherein people hunt for the truth about themselves and/or those close to them. I also see another theme in several of our films—the transformative power of music to create dialogue that spans different cultures. We’re proud to present Alive Inside, Joe’s Violin, Body and Soul, Cloudy Sunday, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem, Glories of Tango, The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev, and a “tribute” documentary to the legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Again from all of our EBIJFF team, thank you for building community with us…one amazing film at a time.

Margaret Winter, Chair


THE 22ND ANNUAL EAST BAY INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

A PROGRAM OF THE INDEPENDENT JEWISH WORLD CINEMA

BOARD
Margaret Winter, President
Olga Clark
Riva Gambert
Nilly Keren-Paz
Debra Levin
Efi Lubliner
Stuart Winter

EBIJFF COMMITTEE
Margaret Winter (Chair), Julia Babka-Kurzrock, Ron Brown, Jo Alice Canterbury, Olga Clark, Joe Gordon, Ilana Hicks, Debra Levin, Efi Lubliner, Lili Naveh, Susan Ross, Linda Scotting, Helen Sweet, Barbara Tuber-Sooy, Claire Vaserman, Sydne Weiner, Stuart Winter, Heidi Yamaguchi, Sandy Zimmerman

Riva Gambert, EBIJFF Director
Nilly Keren-Paz, EBIJFF Technical Director

EMERITUS COMMITTEE
Howard Bulos, Selma Forkash, Pearl Furman, Joyce Gross z”l, Ilana Yael Revelli, Barney Sherman z”l, Beryl Silver, Ivor Silver, Beth Hoenninger Sterns, Kim Weinstein, Bari Winchell, Sandy Wishnev

THE INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES AT THE VINE CINEMA & ALEHOUSE
Bob Block and Jim Holtz, Co-chairs; Jennifer Ackerman, Rebecca Brenner, Simon Cohen