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2017 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival


  1. Alive Inside

    Documentary / USA / 2014 / Social Issues / 78 mins
    This stirring documentary reveals how music can improve the mood of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as boost cognitive skills. Music & Memory researchers Oliver Sacks and Dan Cohen demonstrate how music acts as a backdoor to memory.
    Alive Inside

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 10:00am Box Office Only

  2. Keep Quiet

    Documentary / Hungary, UK / 2016 / Social Issues / 90 mins
    Political firebrand Csanad Szegedi was only in his mid-twenties when he became vice president of Hungary’s far-right extremist party Jobbik. Known for spouting anti-Semitic canards, he is shocked to discover that his grandmother is Jewish but has hidden her identity from her own family. His conversion to Judaism raises troubling questions: Is his change of religion sincere or politically motivated?
    Keep Quiet

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 12:00pm Box Office Only

  3. Belle & Sebastian

    Feature / France / 2013 / Drama, Family Friendly / 104 mins
    With stunning cinematography and the majestic Alps as a backdrop, this heartfelt drama centers on the courage of a young orphan and his dog, a Great Pyrenees. Living in a small village with César, an adoptive “grandfather,” the boy stumbles upon the town’s secret—despite the Nazi occupation, many of the town’s citizens are secretly organizing the passage of Jewish refugees into Switzerland.
    Belle & Sebastian

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 2:15pm Box Office Only

  4. A Grain of Truth

    Feature / Poland / 2015 / Drama, Thriller / 112 mins
    This fierce whodunit focuses on Teodor Szacki, a veteran big city prosecutor now starting life anew in a small Polish town. After a local social activist is brutally murdered, more bodies are found and the public grows increasingly fearful. With the support of another detective, a female prosecutor and a local rabbi, Szacki discovers clues connecting the killings to the historical blood libel myths.
    A Grain of Truth

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 4:45pm Box Office Only

  5. Glories of Tango

    Feature / Argentina / 2016 / Drama, Music / 117 mins
    Featuring stirring performances and stunning dance numbers, this beautiful story follows Ezequiel, a Jewish psychiatrist at a Buenos Aires hospital, and his interactions with 85-year-old Fermín. Discovering that Fermín can only express himself through the lyrics of old tango songs, Ezequiel uses music to gain insights into his patient’s life and to uncover his country’s past. His research also leads him to fall in love with Eva, a tango instructor and Fermín’s granddaughter.
    Glories of Tango

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 7:30pm Box Office Only

  6. A Heartbeat Away

    Documentary / Israel / 2015 / Social Issues / 54 mins
    What could be more important than saving a life? Dr. Akiva Tamir, a cardiac surgeon, and his team volunteer in Tanzania, Africa where every day five children die from heart conditions. There, they must decide who they can treat with life-saving surgery. Screening with: WINGS OF CHANGE, Documentary, Israel, 2015, 53 Minutes, Hebrew with subtitles. Tel-Aviv University scientist Dr. Leshem is one of the world’s leading authorities on birds and their flight patterns, as well as a leading environmentalist. He works with airports to prevent bird-plane collisions, and with both Israeli and Palestinian farmers—teaching them to use owls to capture mice instead of treating fields with pesticides.
    A Heartbeat Away and Wings of Change

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

  7. How to Win Enemies

    Feature / Argentina / 2015 / Drama / 80 mins
    It almost seemed too good to be true when Lucas, a 20-something, fast-talking, Buenos Aires lawyer, is wooed by Barbara, a beautiful young woman he meets in a café. But the next morning Barbara has disappeared...and so too has his hidden stash of money. In this eye-catching comedy-drama, the mystery involves not just who is behind the theft... but why.
    How to Win Enemies

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Friday, Mar. 10, 2017 12:40pm Box Office Only

  8. Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown

    Documentary / France, USA / 2016 / Biography, Comedy / 60 mins
    Even after decades in Hollywood, Jerry Lewis remains an enigma. Seen primarily as a comic actor in America, he is recognized as a cinematic genius by French film critics. This insightful biopic captures the many different sides of the man: his early life, films and television shows; the French love affair with his movies; his long-time relationship with singer/TV sidekick Dean Martin, and his humanitarian work with the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
    Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 11:00am Box Office Only

  9. The Wedding Doll

    Feature / Israel / 2016 / Drama, Social Issues / 82 mins
    Treating all people with dignity is at the core of this powerfully moving feature film about Hagit, a 24 year-old with mild cognitive challenges. Determined to live her own life, she rebels against her mother’s domination, refusing to wed the young man her family has selected for her, and fighting to realize her own dreams—marrying her boss’ son.
    The Wedding Doll

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 1:15pm Box Office Only

  10. Thank You for Calling

    Feature / France / 2015 / Comedy, Drama, Historical / 98 mins
    A daring serial con man who stole over 70 million euros from France’s business and banking elite just by using a cell phone? This suspenseful comedy-drama is based on the unbelievable but true exploits of Gilbert Chikli who invented the “CEO scam” and was able to persuade over 30 bank and company officers to transfer money simply by ringing them up and impersonating their CEO or a French intelligence agent.
    Thank You for Calling

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 4:30pm Box Office Only