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2017 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival


  1. The Women’s Balcony

    Feature / Israel / 2016 / Comedy / 96 mins
    One of the most popular films in Israel in recent years, this good-hearted “dramedy” shows that there are many ways to follow tradition. After the women’s balcony collapses in a modern Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem and the elderly rabbi falls ill, a young rabbi is hired as the temporary spiritual leader. But his stricter views on Jewish law cause major repercussions, leading the female congregants to rally for their right to be full partners in the synagogue’s religious life. Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards, The Women’s Balcony will leave you smiling.
    The Women’s Balcony

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Thursday, Mar. 2 7:30pm Box office only

  2. Crossfire

    Feature / USA / 1947 / Drama, Mystery / 87 mins
    Nominated for five Oscars and starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan, Crossfire was the first film to delve into anti-Semitism in America. Taking place just after WWII, this moody film noir follows Detective Finley (Young) as he investigates the murder of a Jewish war veteran. It was based on the novel The Brick Foxhole by screenwriter/director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry, In Cold Blood) and helmed by director Edward Dmytryk and producer Adrian Scott—both of whom were part of the “Hollywood Ten” and later sent to jail for contempt of Congress.

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Friday, Mar. 3 10:00am Box office only

  3. Body and Soul: An American Bridge

    Documentary / USA / 2016 / Historical, Music / 58 mins
    Focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul”—one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire—this lively documentary examines some of the cross-cultural encounters between American Jews and African-Americans. Composed by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929, the song was performed by Louis Armstrong a year later. In 1934, the song’s recording by The Benny Goodman Trio, which included the Black pianist Teddy Wilson, led to the historic smashing of the color barrier in popular music.
    Body and Soul: An American Bridge

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Friday, Mar. 3 12:45pm Box office only

  4. Cloudy Sunday

    Feature / Greece / 2015 / Drama, Historical / 118 mins
    Filled with rebetika Greek folk music, this moving drama captures the tensions in occupied Greece during WWII, as well as the forbidden love between a Jewish girl and a Christian boy. Despite the racist laws implemented by the Nazis, people can still escape the inhumanity at the local ouzeri, a small club owned by the then 28 year-old composer Vassilis Tsitsanis. As conditions worsen for the Jewish community, simple choices become life-changing decisions. Based on the book Ouzeri Tsitsanis by George Skarbardonis.
    Cloudy Sunday

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Friday, Mar. 3 3:00pm Box office only

  5. The Frisco Kid

    Feature / USA / 1979 / Comedy, Family Friendly / 119 mins
    Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford star in this lively, warm comedy set during the Gold Rush. Wilder plays a Polish rabbi who experiences many arduous obstacles as he crosses America to reach his new pulpit in San Francisco. In memory of actor Gene Wilder (1933–2016).
    The Frisco Kid

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Saturday, Mar. 4 3:30pm Free Screening

  6. Avinu

    Feature / Israel, France / 2016 / Drama, Thriller / 107 mins
    Avinu (Our Father) is a haunting crime drama that brings to mind the morality tale of Godfather II. Ovadiah Rahamim, a thirty-something married man, must debate where his loyalty belongs—to his boss at “Sky Club” where he works as a bouncer, or to the people with whom he grew up who now want to take over the nightclub.

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Saturday, Mar. 4 7:30pm Box office only


    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Friday, Mar. 10 2:45pm Box office only

  7. Abulele

    Feature / Israel / 2015 / Drama, Family Friendly / 90 mins
    Films that engage both middle schoolers and adults are hard to find, but this family-friendly fable is a “gem.” The meaning of empathy is at the heart of this warm-hearted film about Adam, a lonely pre-teen, who is befriended by a giant “monster” with a taste for sugary soda. But a special military unit has been called in to catch all of the monsters haunting Jerusalem and Adam must try and save his new friend.

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 5 9:30am Box office only


    Vine Cinema & Alehouse
    Sunday, Mar. 5 4:30pm Box office only

  8. Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

    Documentary / USA / 2006 / Biography, Music / 103 mins
    This extraordinary documentary about Leonard Cohen is a wonderful “intimate celebration” of the legendary singer/songwriter who died in 2016. It is interspersed with interviews with celebrity admirers and the man himself. The performances of Cohen “cover songs” by A-list singers, including U2 and Rufus Wainwright who sings the powerful “Hallelujah,” present Cohen’s musical portfolio in an invigorated new light.
    Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 5 11:50am Box office only

  9. The Sturgeon Queens

    Documentary / USA / 2014 / Historical / 52 mins
    One hundred years and 4 generations later, Russ & Daughters continues to provide smoked sturgeon, whitefish and lox to the store’s many customers... along with dollops of camaraderie. A mouth-watering, must-see documentary!
    The Sturgeon Queens

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 5 2:15pm Box office only

  10. On the Map

    Documentary / Israel, USA / 2016 / Historical / 90 mins
    This fast-moving and awe-inspiring documentary recounts the story of how one Tel Aviv basketball team toppled the four-time defending European Champions and put Israel firmly on the map. On the Map combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation at the height of the Cold War to deliver a film that honors Israeli heroes, mesmerizes fans of the game and captures the spirit of a nation victorious against all odds.
    On the Map

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 5 4:00pm Box office only