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2017 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival


  1. The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

    Documentary / Israel / 2016 / Music / 74 mins
    Loyalty to your family can be a virtue. But what happens when the iron-willed, eighty year-old patriarch of a large family (originally from Tajikistan and now living in Tel Aviv) demands that his adult children, grandchildren and even his great grandchildren live under one roof and perform in the family’s long-running musical act? Slowly, some members of the clan begin to resist Papa’s rule.
    The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 10:00am Box Office Only

  2. The Law

    Feature / France / 2014 / Drama, Historical / 90 mins
    As a young woman, Simone Veil survived Bergen-Belsen during WWII, an experience that would prepare her for her groundbreaking battle for women’s rights in the decades ahead. After the war, she rose in France’s national government, becoming President Chirac’s minister of health in 1974 and the driving force behind a then controversial law to legalize abortion in the 1970s.
    The Law

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 12:30pm Box Office Only

  3. Aida’s Secrets

    Documentary / Israel, Germany, USA, Canada / 2016 / Mystery / 90 mins
    Nearly 70 years after his birth in a Displaced Person’s Camp in Europe and his adoption by a kibbutz family, Izak learns that his birth mother is still alive and living in North America. The search for his mother and questions about his father are at the center of this powerful film, which screens more like a mystery than a documentary and focuses on timely questions of identity and the plight of displaced persons.
    Aida’s Secrets

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 2:45pm Box Office Only

  4. Imperium

    Feature / USA / 2016 / Drama, Thriller / 109 mins
    When nuclear material goes missing, FBI agent Angela Zamparo (Toni Colette, The Sixth Sense) fears that the stolen Caesium-137 might be used by domestic terrorists. She recruits an FBI analyst, Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter) to go undercover and infiltrate a white supremacist, neo-Nazi group. This tense, gripping thriller is based on a true story.

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 5:00pm Box Office Only

  5. Moos

    Feature / Netherlands / 2016 / Comedy / 91 mins
    “Moos” is the name of a 20-something woman as well as the title of this good-humored, sweet film. The reconnection to her childhood friend Sam convinces Moos that there is more to life than working in her father’s textile shop, cooking and cleaning. Emboldened, she sets out to accomplish her dream—studying at a prestigious performing arts academy.

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

  6. Freedom Runners

    Documentary / Israel, Sweden / 2016 / Social Issues / 50 mins
    Should you bestow a first prize medal on the fastest runner in a race? The answer is “of course”—but what do you do if the winning contestant is an illegal refugee? This issue is now on the global agenda due to the great number of refugees fleeing their homelands for freedom in other countries.
    Freedom Runners

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017 10:00am Box Office Only

  7. Septembers of Shiraz

    Feature / USA / 2015 / Drama, Thriller / 110 mins
    Based on true events, this gritty and compelling drama stars Adrian Brody, Salma Hayek, and Shohreh Aghdashloo. It is 1979, and the Shah’s overthrow in Iran has turned the lives of a Jewish family upside down. After Isaac Amin (Brody) is suddenly arrested by the country’s Revolutionary Guards, his wife (Hayek) tries to secure his release from prison while realizing that she can no longer trust those around her.
    Septembers of Shiraz

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017 11:45am Box Office Only

  8. East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

    Documentary / Israel / 2014 / Music, Social Issues / 80 mins
    Israeli folk-rock superstar David Broza realizes his dream of opening dialogue between different cultures through music. Over an 8-day period in Jerusalem, Broza “jammed” with Israeli, Palestinian and American musicians to create an album while putting aside political differences to develop a close relationship with Palestinian cinematographer Issa Freij.
    East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017 2:15pm Box Office Only

  9. The Origin of Violence

    Feature / France, Germany / 2016 / Drama / 116 mins
    During a school trip to Germany, Nathan Fabre, a young teacher, discovers a photograph of a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp who closely resembles his father. His decision to research his father’s past will turn his life upside down. This taut film raises thought-provoking questions about secrets best kept hidden.
    The Origin of Violence

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017 4:20pm Box Office Only

  10. Fanny’s Journey

    Feature / France / 2016 / Drama, Family Friendly / 94 mins
    Courage comes in all sizes...and ages. When a group of Jewish youngsters get separated from a resistance fighter who is helping them leave war-torn France in 1943, 13-year-old Fanny must step up and lead them to safety. A beautiful, lyrical film about bravery, faith and perseverance.
    Fanny’s Journey

    Vine Cinema & Alehouse
    Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only

    Fanny’s Journey

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only