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2017 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival



    Documentary / France, Germany, Israel / 2017 / Biography / 70 mins
    Bay Area Premiere! After he left politics and was living at Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev, Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion gave a candid interview about Israeli society and the future of the territories taken over in the 1967 Six Day War. This remarkable footage was misplaced for many decades and only recently discovered and edited into a documentary. Our guest speaker, Dr. Eran Kaplan of San Francisco State University, will lead a post-screening discussion about Ben-Gurion’s personal and political life.

    Orinda Library Theatre
    Wednesday, May. 10, 2017 7:00pm Box Office Only


    Documentary / Israel, USA / 2015 / Family Friendly / 80 mins
    This coming-of-age story follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who, after entering the army, undergo a demanding, inspiring journey. This powerfully moving documentary reveals the core of who the young adults are and who they want to be.

    Congregation Beth Emek
    Tuesday, May. 2, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only


    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Thursday, May. 4, 2017 7:00pm Box Office Only


    Feature / France, Israel / 2014 / Comedy / 92 mins
    This lively, warm-hearted musical comedy follows five neighbors who, in jest, enter their song in a major European contest. To their surprise, they are asked to represent Israel in the competition. Cupcakes is directed by master filmmaker Eytan Fox (Yossi & Jagger, Walk on Water).

    Beth Chaim Congregation
    Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only

  4. FAUDA

    Feature / Israel / 2015 / Drama, Thriller / 180 mins
    This top-rated, popular Israeli television series will be screened over the month of June with three new episodes being shown each week. Fauda follows a deep-cover IDF unit as the team searches for Hamas terrorist Abu-Ahmed. Note: For mature audiences. Scenes of graphic violence.

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Monday, Jun. 5, 2017 7:00pm Cancelled


    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Wednesday, Jun. 7, 2017 7:00pm Cancelled

  5. 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, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only

  6. 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, 2017 10:00am Box Office Only

  7. 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, 2017 12:45pm Box Office Only

  8. 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, 2017 3:00pm Box Office Only

  9. 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, 2017 3:30pm Box Office Only

  10. 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, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only


    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Friday, Mar. 10, 2017 2:45pm Box Office Only