WELCOME TO OUR 23RD YEAR!
With only two years to go until our 25th anniversary, we remain committed to bringing you some of the best in independent and international films. Our Opening Night is at the Orinda Theatre on March 1. We then continue for ten days at the Century 16 in Pleasant Hill and conclude at the Vine Cinema in Livermore. Festival-goers at the Century 16 will enjoy an even better viewing experience than in the past, as our auditoriums have been refitted with luxury loungers. Due to the Century’s many screening rooms, we will be playing films in two and sometimes three auditoriums at the same time. This will allow us to repeat most evening films in the daytime as well as provide you with more film options.
In addition to our special film collection #StandUp on Sunday, March 11, we will be screening several fascinating documentaries that will take you inside the lives of such entertainment luminaries as Sammy Davis, Jr., Hedy Lamarr, Norman Lear and Itzhak Perlman. The continuing civil war in Syria and the rise of neo-Nazism in Europe are also explored in two bold dramas—In Syria and In the Fade respectively.
The EBIJFF would not be celebrating its 23rd anniversary without the vision, hard work and creative energy of our Committee members. On behalf of our Board, I want to thank them for their commitment to bringing this important program to our region, and thank YOU, our festival-goers for your support.
Our motto has always been See a Film, See the World. To this slogan we add: Making a Difference in Our Community…one amazing film at a time.
Margaret Winter, EBIJFF Chair
A WORD FROM OUR DIRECTOR
There are many ways to say the same thing:
SAY NO TO HATE
NOT IN OUR TOWN
However one says it, it means the same thing: let’s see ourselves in one another. Bullying, stereotyping and discrimination are just plain wrong. We must do our own part in encouraging civility and tolerance.
Many of this year’s films explore themes related to prejudice and societal marginalization. Those depicting anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, including The Invisibles, Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs, Murder in Polná and Riphagen, feature stellar performances and powerful stories; they also empower people to “stand up” and not be a bystander. Likewise, Jasper Jones, Family Commitments, In Syria, Marshall and In the Fade focus on the negative impact of narrow mindedness and extremism on individuals from many different ethnicities, races and religions. To put it more bluntly—intolerance hurts no matter the target.
We urge you to remember Pastor Martin Niemöller’s iconic words:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
When you speak up for others… you are speaking up for yourself as well.
THE 23RD ANNUAL EAST BAY INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
A PROGRAM OF THE INDEPENDENT JEWISH WORLD CINEMA
Margaret Winter, President
Margaret Winter (Chair), Julia Babka-Kurzrock, Ron Brown, Jo Alice Canterbury, Olga Clark, Dianne Colville, Robbie Goldman, Ilana Hicks, Debra Levin, Efi Lubliner, Lili Naveh, Bruce Presnick, Susan Ross, Linda Scotting, Iris Sorokin, Barbara Tuber-Sooy, Claire Vaserman, Sydne Weiner, Stuart Winter, Heidi Yamaguchi, Sanford Zimmerman
Riva Gambert, EBIJFF Director
Nilly Keren-Paz, EBIJFF Technical Director
Howard Bulos, Selma Forkash, Pearl Furman, Joe Gordon, Joyce Gross z”l, Ilana Yael Revelli, Barney Sherman z”l, Beryl Silver, Ivor Silver, Beth Hoenninger Sterns, Kim Weinstein, Bari Winchell, Sandy Wishnev
THE INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES AT THE VINE CINEMA & ALEHOUSE
Jennifer Ackerman, Jennifer Amiel, Bob Block, Rebecca Brenner, Jim Holtz, Elyse Maltz, Simon Cohen