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
Margaret Winter, President
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
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