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2017 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival


  1. 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, 2017 9:30am Box Office Only


    Vine Cinema & Alehouse
    Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 4:30pm Box Office Only

  2. 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, 2017 11:50am Box Office Only

  3. 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, 2017 2:15pm Box Office Only

  4. 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, 2017 4:00pm Box Office Only

  5. The Menten Affair

    Feature / Netherlands / 2016 / Drama, Historical / 145 mins
    Remarkable, riveting and profoundly moving are just some of the descriptions that best describe this drama based on the real life story of Hans Knoop, former editor of a Dutch news magazine. In the mid-70’s, Knoop courageously pursued the investigation of mega-millionaire Pieter Menten, who he suspected was a war criminal. Stellar performances and a taut script make this drama a powerful film about the pursuit of justice and one man’s dogged persistence for the truth.
    The Menten Affair

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 6:15pm Box Office Only

  6. Partner with the Enemy

    Documentary / Israel / 2015 / Social Issues / 60 mins
    In the midst of the ever-tense Middle East political landscape, two women, one Israeli and one Palestinian, attempt the seemingly impossible: to build a business together. Fighting against societal and family pressure, the two combine forces to create a logistics company that helps Palestinian businessmen navigate the everyday challenges of working in the West Bank. Can the bond between the two women overcome the divisions that threaten to tear their partnership apart?
    Partner with the Enemy

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 10:00am Box Office Only

  7. Fever at Dawn

    Feature / Hungary, Israel, Sweden / 2016 / Drama / 114 mins
    This uplifting tale of unvanquished hope is set immediately after World War II. Miklos, a 25 year-old Hungarian Jewish man, is recuperating in a Swedish hospital. Although the doctors are pessimistic about his chances for recovery, he refuses to give up his dream of starting a new life and writes to 117 Hungarian girls who are also recovering from the war. One of them is 19 year-old Lili, who likes Miklos’ letter and starts corresponding with him. Based on the true story of writer/director Peter Gardos’ parents.
    Fever at Dawn

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 11:50am Box Office Only

  8. The Venice Ghetto – 500 Years Life

    Documentary / Italy, France / 2015 / Historical / 54 mins
    The film’s title says it all. We see the oldest Jewish ghetto in Europe through the eyes of Lorenzo, a NYC teen, who travels to Venice to learn about his family’s heritage. With the use of stunning footage, lively animation and interviews with local Jews, we learn about the ghetto’s history and evolving culture; the Venetian-Jewish language, and the many Jews from around the world who found refuge in this glorious city.
    The Venice Ghetto – 500 Years of Life

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 2:40pm Box Office Only

  9. Beyond the Mountains and Hills

    Feature / Israel / 2016 / Drama / 90 mins
    After Lt. Colonel David Greenbaum retires from the army, he returns home to face many questions: What should he do with the rest of his life? How can he reconnect with his distant wife? Why is his teen-age daughter so rebellious? While David believes that he and his family are good people, their actions unintentionally cause problems that spin out of control. First screened at the Cannes Film Festival, this thought-provoking drama was directed by Eran Kolirin who also helmed The Band’s Visit.
    Beyond the Mountains and Hills

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 5:10pm Box Office Only

  10. The People vs. Fritz Bauer

    Feature / Germany / 2015 / Drama, Historical / 105 mins
    Can a West German Attorney General put a top-ranking leader of The Third Reich on trial when former Nazis continue to work in his country’s government? This outstanding, intelligent historical drama explores how Fritz Bauer helped Israel’s secret service capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the major organizers of the Holocaust.
    The People vs. Fritz Bauer

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only