On behalf of the Film Festival Committee members and volunteers, THANK YOU for sharing the magic of film with us. This year’s theme, #StandUp, presented films that we hope will empower people to stand up to prejudice, bullying and all forms of intolerance.
Many thanks to all of our individual, organizational and corporate sponsors without whose support the Festival would not be possible.
For those of you who love film, we will present an encore screening of Israel’s #1 comedy, Maktub at Acalanes High School on Sunday, April 29 at 3:30 PM. You can register at jewishworldcinema.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. This film is suitable for middle school through adult audiences. (The auditorium at Acalanes features stadium seating.)
Again, THANK YOU for building community with us…one amazing film at a time!
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