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American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs

American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs Southern CA Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 11:00 AM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 5:00 PM

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San Diego’s Yale Strom (Artist in Residence in the Department of Jewish Studies, San Diego State University) dives deeply into the life of Eugene Debs, a five-time candidate for President of the United States representing the Socialist Party of America which he co-founded. He championed labor rights and stood against income inequality, becoming a de facto progenitor of Bernie Sanders. Narrated by Amy Madigan, the film overflows with captivating and compelling historical footage, imagery and documentation.

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Yale Strom | USA | 2017 | 100 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Yale Strom: Director, Elizabeth Schwartz: Executive Producer / Co-writer, Luke Jungers: Editor

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An Act of Defiance

An Act of Defiance San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 5:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 4:30 PM

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AN ACT OF DEFIANCE shines a bright light on the life of the little-known South African-Jewish lawyer Bram Fischer, and his better-known client, Nelson Mandela. Were it not for Fisher’s courage and willingness to risk his career and even his own freedom, Mandela may very well have been sentenced to death. Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde (THE SILENT ARMY) delivers a film that explores a turbulent period in the history of South Africa, telling a tale of courage and camaraderie.

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Jean van de Velde | South Africa, Netherlands | 2017 | 124 min | Primarily English, Some Afrikaans | Narrative

Awards: Audience Favorite - Gold Award, Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

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An Israeli Love Story

An Israeli Love Story Southern CA Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 1:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 2:00 PM

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If you like stories about love at first sight—and stories about the founding of the state of Israel—this film is for you. Wolman’s film is akin to a classic Hollywood-style romance set in turbulent times. The reason it works is because it’s true. Based on a one-woman show created by noted Israeli actress/director Pnina Gary, AN ISRAELI LOVE STORY is centered on her real-life romance with Eli Ben Zvi, son of the second president of Israel. They meet on a bus, fall “head over heels” and find their love immediately put to the test by the turbulent state of affairs in post-WWII Israel. Many of us are familiar with the history of Israel’s early days. This film taps into the humanity and personal connections behind the politics.

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Dan Wolman | Israel | 2017 | 93 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Best Actress Audience Award to main actress Adi Bielski at The Golden Rooster and One Hundred Flower Festival ("The Chinese Oscar")

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Bag of Marbles, A

Bag of Marbles, A San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 8:15 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Tue, Feb 13 8:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 7:30 PM

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Canadian director Christian Duguay (JOAN OF ARC) takes us into the dark heart of Vichy France with a dramatic coming-of-age tale. The film centers on two Jewish brothers attempting to survive the Occupation, outwit the enemy and re-unite with their family. Based on the best-selling autobiographical novel of the same title by French-Jewish author Joseph Joffo, the film moves from horrifying to hopeful to heart-lifting. 

Contains some grim war scenes that may be distressing.

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Christian Duguay | France, Canada, Czech Republic | 2017 | 110 mins | French, Subtitled | Narrative

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Between Worlds

Between Worlds San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Mon, Feb 12 7:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 5:00 PM

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An intimate family drama set in Israel, BETWEEN WORLDS  was named “one of five films to look out for” at Cannes, 2016. An attack on the secular son of an Orthodox family sets up a collision between two families and two cultures. The son is visited in the hospital by his mother, Bina, with this tragic event creating the first opportunity for the two to reconnect since the boy “lost his way.” At the hospital, Bina finds solace talking with a young Arab woman, Amal, seemingly there to tend to her own ailing father. But Amal has a secret, and as it starts to come to light, so begins a profound exploration of the nature of faith, love, and truth, one that leads the women to a new understanding of each other and themselves.

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Miya Hatav | Israel | 2016 | 81 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 4:30 PM

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"Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — that's my mother's technology," says Hedy Lamarr's son. The film explores how one of the world’s most beautiful women was also one of its most brilliant. The Austrian-Jewish émigré actress was known more for her looks than her films, but she should have been known for her brains. During her Hollywood heyday, she was working on ideas and inventions originally intended to thwart Nazi communications. These ideas laid the foundation for technology developed by companies like San Diego’s Qualcomm.  This documentary has it all: Hollywood glamour, history, hi-tech, and breathtaking beauty.

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Alexandra Dean | USA | 2017 | 90 mins | English | Documentary

Awards: Audience Award, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017

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Dark Diamond

Dark Diamond San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 10 6:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 7:30 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Wed, Feb 14 8:00 PM

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The Hollywood Reporter calls DARK DIAMOND “a visually striking heist thriller [with] terrific performances.” Set in the secretive world of diamond merchants, the film is centered on a young man living a double life (by day, blue collar worker; by night, master burglar). He reinserts himself into his family’s diamond-dealing business in order to uncover the truth of how his estranged father came to be found dead in the streets of Antwerp. In a film studded with star-making performances, the aesthetics are the real star, which reveal debut director Arthur Harari’s gift in both classic film noir and cutting-edge art house cinema.

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Arthur Harari | France, Belgium, Canada | 2016 | 115 mins | French, German, Dutch, English, Subtitled | Narrative

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Drawing Against Oblivion

Drawing Against Oblivion California Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 10:30 AM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 11:00 AM

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This award-winning film may be hard for some viewers to categorize. It’s the true story of an Austrian-born artist whose parents, to his shame, joined the Nazi Party. As he grew older, he made it his life’s mission to render in charcoal the portraits of children killed in the death camps. But it’s also the story of what motivates a person to make art in the first place, and what leads him to change to seek a deeper understanding of his personal history and our shared humanity. Viewers curious about the path of an artist and scholars of history will both find something deeply rewarding in DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION.

Contains some concentration camp photos.

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Bärbel Jacks | Austria, Germany, Poland, USA | 2014 | 67 mins | German, Subtitled | Documentary

Awards: Best International Documentary, Garden State Film Festival

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Ewa

Ewa USA Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 17 9:20 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 5:00 PM

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The acclaimed director of EYES WIDE OPEN returns with a film about compassion, choices, and the secrets that couples—even those who love each other deeply—often keep from each other. Following retirement, as he’s putting his affairs in order, Cyrilson discovers that he owns an apartment in a rough part of town. As he uncovers the mystery of this residence, he learns more about his wife and must come to terms with an uncertain future.

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Haim Tabakman | Israel | 2016 | 85 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

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Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 8:00 PM

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Want to know why Fritz Lang (METROPOLIS, FURY, THE BIG HEAT) may have thrown actor Peter Lorre down the stairs so he’d have a truly battered look for the climactic scene in M? This biography—a true treat for fans of early cinema and film noir—dramatizes Lang’s life just prior to making M. The film digs into how he cozied up to the Monster of Düsseldorf, a serial killer whose stomach-churning depravity helped fuel the script for M, and what connection this relationship may have had to the mysterious death of Lang’s wife. 

Contains some explicit sexual scenes.

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Gordian Maugg | Germany | 2016 | 104 min | German, Subtitled | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Baron: Professor Emeritus, SDSU

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Future 38

Future 38 San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 4:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 11:00 AM

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A must-see from the 2017 Slamdance (NOT Sundance) Film Festival, Future 38 is a hip, kitschy, satirical sci-fi. On its surface, it’s the tale of a young man who time-travels from 1938 to 2018 to help win WWII. But the film—shot in glorious Technicolor—was “supposedly” made in 1938, so it presents a rather imaginative version of 2018. No matter, the movie is more about making you laugh! Local actor Hillel Meltzer appears as a Jewish mobster named Matzoh. The film also includes a cameo from Neil deGrasse Tyson, who—tongue firmly in cheek—says, “Finally, a movie that gets the science right.”

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Jaimie Greenberg | USA | 2016 | 75 mins | English | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Jamie Greenberg: Director, Writer, Editor, 2/11/18 screening only, Hillel Meltzer: Actor, 2/14/18 screening only

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Harmonia

Harmonia

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 1:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 4:30 PM

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Lovers of classical music and classic stories will be greatly rewarded by HARMONIA, which transposes a tale from the book of Genesis into the contemporary world of the Jerusalem Philharmonic. Sarah, a harpist, and Abraham, the orchestra’s conductor, have a strong but childless marriage. A young woman joins the orchestra, and the three become involved in each other’s’ lives with consequences that have repercussions for each. This contemporary drama from Sivan Ori (co-creator of the hit Israeli TV series IN TREATMENT), benefits from glorious art- and music-direction, and takes this Biblical story into new territory.

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Sivan Ori | Israel | 2016 | 98 mins | Hebrew, Arabic, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Winner of The Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2016 | Winner of The Lia Van Leer Award for Films about Jewish Heritage, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2016

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Heather Booth: Changing the World

Heather Booth: Changing the World San Diego Premiere

JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 9 10:30 AM
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 2:00 PM

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Social justice warriors: meet your matriarch. Heather Booth is the most influential civil rights organizer you have never heard of. Participants in this eye-opening documentary include Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Warren, and President Barack Obama. For more than 50 years, wherever there was a fight for equality, Heather Booth was there: from her start as an organizer living on a kibbutz in Israel to helping Senator Warren create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Ms. Booth is, simply put, America’s conscience. 

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Lilly Rivlin | USA | 2017 | 60 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Heather Booth: Film Subject, 2/9/18 screening only, Lilly Rivlin: Director, 2/9/18 and 2/11/18 screenings

Awards: Three Israeli Academy Awards Nominations, 2016 | Best Cinematography, Haifa International FF 2016

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Home Port

Home Port San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 10 9:25 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 7:30 PM

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This director’s past films—A MATTER OF SIZE and WOUNDED LAND——have been big hits with San Diego Jewish Film Festival audiences. Tadmor will continue that trend with HOME PORT, which secured three Ophir nominations (Israel’s Oscars) in 2016, and has captivated audiences with its gritty realism and stellar performances. A captain of commercial ships returns home to manage a seaport, but finds more turbulence on land as the port is rife with corruption. Our protagonist must either learn to play ball or to get out of the game. Loosely based on contemporary events, the film merges a family drama with recent headlines, and grabs you from start to finish.

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Erez Tadmor | Israel | 2016 | 82 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Three Israeli Academy Awards Nominations 2016 | Best Cinematography, Haifa International Film Festival 2016

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House of Z

House of Z San Diego Premiere

JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 9 1:30 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 4:00 PM

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Zac Posen rose quickly in the fashion world—and fell quickly, too. But, like a Phoenix, he has returned. This documentary is a look at both the designer and the industry that created him in such a fast and furious manner. Family members, and Posen himself, speak honestly about his upbringing, his business decisions and his struggles. Debut filmmaker Sandy Chronopoulos gets high marks, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, “Fashionistas will obviously appreciate this undishy but intimate doc, which is especially strong in its account of the designer's flowering as a creative teen.” 

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Sandy Chronopoulos | USA, Canada | 2016 | 90 mins | English | Documentary

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Humor Me

Humor Me San Diego Premiere

The Lot - La Jolla | Thu, Feb 15 6:30 PM (Flix Mix)
The Lot - La Jolla | Thu, Feb 15 8:00 PM (Flix Mix)
Edwards San Marcos | Sat, Feb 17 6:30 PM

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HUMOR ME stars award-winning actors Elliot Gould, Bebe Neuwirth, Annie Potts, Jermaine Clement (from HBO’s FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) and singer Ingrid Michaelson. A father and son comedy, the story centers on the son (Clement) who is forced to move into his father’s (Gould) retirement community. The film’s winsome performances and winking humor will remind audiences of writer/director Sam Hoffman’s acclaimed earlier work, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES. 

FLIX MIX MIXER, includes mixer and film, Humor Me: 2/15/18 at 6:30 PM, The Lot, La Jolla

FLIX MIX, screening only, Humor Me: 2/15/18 at 8:00 PM, The Lot, La Jolla

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Sam Hoffman | USA | 2017 | 93 mins | English | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Gabriel Mann: Music Director, 2/15/18 screening only

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In Between

In Between San Diego Premiere

JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 16 1:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 10:30 AM

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IN BETWEEN presents the lives of three young Palestinian women: a lesbian DJ, a criminal lawyer, and an observant Muslim student living their lives in Israel’s democratic society. The film offers viewers a new way to view and think about women in Israel. The lens of this powerful and strongly acted film will give patrons much to talk about.

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Maysaloun Hamoud | Israel, France | 2016 | 96 mins | Hebrew, Arabic, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Winner - Best Film, San Sebastian Int’l Film Festival | Winner - New Visions Award for Best Film, Bahamas International Film Festival

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Invisibles, The

Invisibles, The Southern CA Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 4:30 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Thu, Feb 15 5:00 PM

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Explore a largely unknown element of WWII in THE INVISIBLES, which tells the story of four Jews living in Berlin during the Third Reich. In 1943, the Nazis declared Berlin “free of Jews,” but at the end of the war, there were nearly 1,700 Jews living there who had never left the city. How did they avoid capture? How did they get by? What could—and what did—they do to help others? Using historical footage, dramatic re-enactments and interviews with the survivors, this intense, moving film reveals the resourcefulness, courage and humanity of individuals who may have been in hiding but never stopped fighting.

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Claus Räfle | Germany | 2017 | 100 mins | German, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Audience Favorite - Silver Award, Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

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Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait

Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 4:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 11:00 AM

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Although he changed the art world in the 1970s—and continues to make waves today—Julian Schnabel has always been a lightning rod for criticism and controversy. Pappi Corsicato, a friend of the artist, helps reclaim Schnabel’s legacy by focusing on the art he made instead of simply the life he lived. The LA Times says, “…the excitement lies in the footage, both new and from the archives, of Schnabel at work, truly hands-on and fully engaged with the textures and colors of his paints.” With commentary from Bono, Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino and other artists and performers, this “private portrait” presents the artist in full, as he reflects on his past and continues to push his art forward.

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Pappi Corscicato | Italy | 2017 | 90 mins | English | Documentary

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Jungle

Jungle San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 7:35 PM (Closing Night)

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Closing Night
If you want to watch “Harry Potter” transformed into a former Israeli soldier, Yossi Ghinsberg, fighting for survival deep in the Bolivian jungle, see this film! Not only does Daniel Radcliffe pull it off, he delivers a “go-for-broke star turn… [and] throws himself into the role of a stolid yet impulsive romantic with gusto” (AV CLUB). This visually luscious, sometimes shocking, man-vs-nature story delivers on all counts: drama and character study, plus adventure and suspense. McClean brings to the screen Ghinsberg’s memoir, Jungle, and calls upon his knack for bringing real thrills to the theater, as he did in his 2005 WOLF CREEK. While this film hinges on Radcliffe’s star power, it also delivers a “feast of exotic eye-candy” (THE GUARDIAN) and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Greg McLean | Australia, Colombia | 2017 | 115 mins | English | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Greg McLean: Director, Dana Lustig: Producer

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Keep the Change

Keep the Change San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 5:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 1:30 PM

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If you’re in the mood for an unconventional romantic comedy, KEEP THE CHANGE is for you. This refreshing film explores and celebrates the love that blooms between two people with autism. Unlike so much Hollywood fare where neurotypical actors play people with disabilities, the stars of this film, Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon, are both on the autistic spectrum. The two first meet in a support group at the Manhattan JCC, but have different ideas about what they need (or don’t need) support for: he wishes to be seen as “normal,” but she fully accepts who she is. These quirkily appealing characters will make you re-think and appreciate our shared humanity.

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Rachel Israel | USA | 2017 | 94 mins | English | Narrative

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Let Yourself Go

Let Yourself Go West Coast Premiere

The Lot - La Jolla | Wed, Feb 7 7:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 7:30 PM

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One of Italy’s most beloved and bankable actors, Toni Servillo, delivers a rare comedic performance in a laugh-out-loud film about an aging, uptight, Jewish psychoanalyst whose world is turned upside down by a youthful personal trainer. Winner of the 2017 Italian Golden Globe for Best Comedy, LET YOURSELF GO finds Servillo—an actor known more for serious roles in films such as THE GREAT BEAUTY, IL DIVO, and GOMORRAH—letting himself go. With his Freudian beard and glasses, he’s ripe for falling into Freudian predicaments, as he finds new legs in old age. This is an effervescent and rewarding romantic comedy from the director of the 2012 hit, COSIMO AND NICOLE.

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Francesco Amato | Italy | 2017 | 107 mins | Italian, Subtitled | Narrative

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Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad

JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 16 10:30 AM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 11:00 AM

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Who was Gertrude Bell? A diplomat? A spy? An explorer? Bell was known as the female “Lawrence of Arabia,” who rode camels alongside T.E. Lawrence and played a pivotal role in the creation of Iraq. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton reading Bell’s letters, this film shines an unflinching light on a controversial character. Variety magazine applauds the film as a “carefully researched documentary that uses an extraordinary wealth of appealing archival footage… [to] flesh out a complex, fascinating figure.”

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Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum | USA, France, UK | 2016 | 95 mins | English, Arabic, Subtitled | Documentary

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Lives Well Lived

Lives Well Lived San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 10:30 AM

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What’s the meaning of life? What is a “life well lived”? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, this film has some answers for you. Through a series of interviews with people aged 75 to 100—this film celebrates the wit and wisdom of vibrant seniors, while positing a series of questions to viewers: How do YOU honor your elders? What’s the secret for a happy life? What does it mean to have a life well-lived? One of the film’s subjects puts it succinctly and perfectly: “Life plays with you, doesn’t it?” The whole family—parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren—will have a lot to discuss when they see this film.

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Sky Bergman | USA | 2017 | 72 mins | English | Documentary

Awards: Audience Choice Award - second place, Maine International Film Festival 2017 | Audience Choice Award, DOCUTAH 2017 | Best Feature Award, Gig Harbor Film Festival 2017

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Love All You Have Left

Love All You Have Left

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 6:00 PM (Teen Screen)

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JCompany and Mt. Everest Academy alum, Sara Wolfkind stars as Anne Frank in LOVE ALL YOU HAVE LEFT, from local filmmaker Matt Sivertson. A philosophical take on the Anne Frank story (partially inspired by the majestic indie rock of Neutral Milk Hotel), the film tells the story of a woman who—distraught after the death of her own daughter—investigates a noise in her attic and finds a girl living there who claims to be Anne. In his own words, the filmmaker says he wanted to get Anne “to modern times, get her out of being in hiding, and bring her into a comfortable society.” 

TEEN SCREEN - Teens Only

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Matt Sivertson | USA | 2017 | 76 mins | English | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Matt Sivertson; Director, Caroline Amiguet: Actress, Sara Wolfkind; Actress

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Maestro, In Search of the Last Music, The

Maestro, In Search of the Last Music, The San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 11:00 AM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 10:30 AM

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Come along with pianist Francesco Lotoro as he rediscovers and performs music most of us never knew existed, let alone imagined hearing: music composed during the Holocaust. In a film supported by the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, we see Lotoro meet with these composers and discuss their creativity and the incredible fortitude that enabled them to continue being artists under horrific circumstances. Lotoro has archived over 4,000 pieces of music—folk songs, operas, liturgical works, even swing music. Bringing this sublime music to the world is Lotoro’s mission, and this film celebrates the story of his life’s work.

Contains some concentration camp re-enactments and Holocaust footage.

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Alexandre Valenti | France, Italy | 2016 | 74 mins | Italian, French, English | Documentary

Awards: Audience Award, Pessac History Film Festival (France)

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Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim West Coast Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 2:00 PM

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Art lovers and historians alike will be rewarded by this documentary on the life of Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1800 – 1882) whose studies of Jewish life established him as one of the leading Jewish artists of the 19th century. He successfully worked in a Christian society and often under the patronage of non-Jews. But what influenced him? What were his roots? The answer to the latter question is what inspired this film. When documentarian Isabel Gathof learned that her hometown of Hanau, Germany, was putting up a statue to honor its famous son, her curiosity was piqued. She interviewed art critics, historians and Oppenheim’s descendants to create a film that presents this magnificent, little-known artist to the modern world.

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Isabel Gathof | Germany | 2016 | 101 mins | English, German, Subtitled | Documentary

Awards: Nominated for the Film Prize of the Federal State of Hesse, Germany (Hessischer Filmpreis) as Best Documentary

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Our Father

Our Father San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Tue, Feb 13 5:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 2:00 PM

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A wildly acclaimed Israeli film—with lead actor Moris Cohen snagging the Ophir (Israel’s equivalent of the Oscar) for Best Actor—OUR FATHER is a gripping tale about the ethical and moral challenges faced by Ovadia, a doorman at a Tel Aviv nightclub. His biggest fight isn’t on the job—it’s at home where he and his wife have tried without success to become parents. When a mobster offers him work, Ovadia sees an opportunity to make money for fertility treatments. But no one enters a working relationship with the Mob without paying a price. 

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Meny Yaesh | France, Israel | 2016 | 108 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Best Actor (Moris Cohen), Best Editor, OPHIR Awards (Israeli Oscars) 2016 | Best Film, Best Actor, Montreal Israeli Film Festival 2017

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Paradise

Paradise San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 6:50 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 1:50 PM

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The central mystery of this Holocaust drama and the interwoven fates of the three characters propel this dazzlingly photographed black and white film to a surprising climax. These three—a member of the French Resistance, a French collaborator and a high-ranking German SS officer—tell their shared story in a series of flashbacks, directly addressing the camera and giving the film the feel of a documentary. Fans of arthouse fare will agree with THE NEW YORK TIMES, which called it “a strikingly shot Holocaust drama… [that] shows a flair for imagery that evokes the Citizen Kane photography of Gregg Toland.”

Contains some concentration camp re-enactment scenes

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Andrei Konchalovsky | Russia | 2016 | 130 mins | Russian, German, French, Yiddish, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Best Feature Film, Golden Eagle Awards, Russia 2017 | Best Film, Nika Awards, Russia 2017 | Silver Lion Best Director, Venice Film Festival 2016

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Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Edwards San Marcos | Sat, Feb 17 7:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 1:30 PM

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Did you know Robert Shaw—hailed as the greatest conductor of choral music in history—had no formal music training? His genius was an ability to train others in music performance and inspire them to go beyond their perceived musical and personal limits. His career, which lasted over 60 years, garnered him 16 Grammy awards and included being Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, was fueled in part by a passion for community. This documentary is a labor of love by co-director Pamela Roberts, who worked with Shaw for 18 years.

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Peter Miller, Pamela Roberts | USA | 2016 | 72 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Peter Miller: Director

Awards: Gold Award (Documentary), Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards 2017 | Award of Excellence (Documentary Feature), Accolade Global Film Competition 2017 | Best Documentary, Beaufort International Film Festival 2017 | Best Documentary, Palm Beach International Film Festival 2017 | Best of Fest Award, AmDocs (American Documentary Film Festival) 2017 | Best Documentary, Breckenridge International Film Festival 2017 |

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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 8 7:00 PM (Opening Night)
Edwards San Marcos | Thu, Feb 15 8:00 PM

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Delight in a toe-tapping, star-studded homage to the vastly-talented and Jewish Sammy Davis, Jr. Directed by Sam Pollard (winner of both an Emmy and a Peabody Award), this documentary delves deeply into the life of the legendary entertainer, hopscotching through the years and opening big with an exploration of his time with the Rat Pack. With footage spanning from when he made his screen debut at the age of seven to some of his final performances, the film reminds us that Davis was a trailblazer in every sense of the word.

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Sam Pollard | USA | 2017 | 100 mins | English | Documentary

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Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema

Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 10 7:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 10:30 AM

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Do the names Sulochana, Pramila, Miss Rose, and Nadira ring any bells? No? Then it’s time to brush up on Bollywood, because they were some of the biggest stars within the first 100 years of Indian filmmaking… and they were Jewish—who knew?! SHALOM BOLLYWOOD tells the individual stories of some of the industry’s pioneering Jewish women who performed because Hindu or Muslim women were forbidden to appear on screen. The film also tells the larger story of Indian-Jewish culture, specifically the Bene Israelis, who have lived in India for 2,000 years, and were some of Bollywood’s first megastars. 

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Danny Ben-Moshe | Australia | 2017 | 76 mins | English | Documentary

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Shelter

Shelter USA Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 7:05 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 17 6:30 PM

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A Mossad agent. A Hezbollah informant. An edge-of-your-seat spy thriller set against an ever-shifting geopolitical climate. Shelter has it all. Based on Shulamith Hareven’s novel, THE LINK, and directed by Eran Riklis who brought us LEMON TREE and THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, the film takes place primarily in a safe house where the agent and informant—both women—are hiding out. As the walls of the outside world close in, with militants getting ever closer in their attempts to kill the informant, the walls of the inside world begin to crumble. Plot twists you won't see coming make this an unforgettable film experience.

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Eran Riklis | Germany, Israel, France | 2017 | 93 mins | English, Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

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Testament, The

Testament, The West Coast Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 8:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 17 7:00 PM

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Centerpiece Film
THE TESTAMENT is a beautifully acted drama that maintains mystery and suspense from the opening sequence through the closing credits. Drawn from the director’s own experience collecting Holocaust survival testimonies, THE TESTAMENT is a story of family bonds and family secrets. A Holocaust researcher investigating a WWII massacre in an Austrian village discovers a story his family always kept hidden, one that transforms his work into a more personal quest. Will his commitment to the truth at all costs end up costing him his very identity?

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Amichai Greenberg | Austria, Israel | 2017 | 88 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Best Film, Haifa International Film Festival 2017

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To the Ends of the Earth The Jews of San Diego: A Portrait of Jewish San Diego

To the Ends of the Earth The Jews of San Diego: A Portrait of Jewish San Diego International Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 8:00 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Wed, Feb 14 5:00 PM

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By wagon train and steamship, Jews began arriving in San Diego in 1850 when it was a dusty, sleepy, pueblo in the remote southwest corner of the United States. Their innovations, determination, and strong sense of community breathed life into and shaped the greater community, helping to create what is today the 8th largest city in the nation. Director Isaac Artenstein (TIJUANA JEWS) turns his keen cultural eye on San Diego’s history. With over 50 interviews that includes descendants of early Jewish pioneers, scientists, entrepreneurs, academics as well as avant-garde artists, rabbis, and surfers, the film creates a living portrait of a vibrant and culturally-dynamic community that has thrived in this region for over 150 years.

Program Panels:

February 13th Screening:
1. Isaac Artenstein, Director
2. Joellyn Zollman, Historian
3. William Lawrence, Executive Producer

February 14th Screening:
1. Isaac Artenstein, Director
2. Keith Shapiro, Editor & Writer
3. Allan Phillips, Composer
4. Sergio Ulloa, Director of Photography

Isaac Artenstein | USA | 2018 | 60 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: See above synopsis.

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Tracking Edith

Tracking Edith Southern CA Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 10:30 AM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 1:30 PM

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Explore the life of Edith Tudor-Hart, the British-Austrian Spy who enlisted Kim Philby to spy for the Soviets during WWII. Edith was the director’s aunt who was born in 1908 in Vienna and died in 1973 in Brighton, U.K. She was a renowned photographer, socially engaged and politically aware woman and a Russian spy. Furthermore, she was not just a spy but a true believer in Communism, who betrayed her country for free. Jungk exposes the dark roots of his family tree in this fearless documentary. 

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Peter Stephan Jungk | Austria, Germany, Russia, UK | 2016 | 91 mins | German, Subtitled | Documentary

Awards: Gershon-Klein prize for Best Documentary, Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg 2017

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Young Karl Marx, The

Young Karl Marx, The San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 2:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 1:20 PM

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THE GUARDIAN calls this a film “an intelligent Communist bromance,” which should tell you that you’re in for something special. From Raoul Peck—who directed the Academy Award -nominated documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO- focuses this film on Marx's most famous work, THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, as much as on the author’s reaction to the Industrial Revolution. THE YOUNG KARL MARX is a wonderfully-shot period piece which will help you more fully understand Marx’s thinking as well as shed light on the lifestyles and loves of the people who helped change the world in their time.

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Raoul Peck | France, Germany, Belgium | 2016 | 118 mins | German, English, Subtitled | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Alyssa Sepinwall: Professor, History Department California State University - San Marcos

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