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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

  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, 2017 12:45pm Box Office Only

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  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. 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

  10. 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