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90 Minute War, The
Edwards San Marcos | Sat, Feb 9 7:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 5:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sat, Feb 16 7:00 PM

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90 Minute War, The

After decades of strife and failed peace talks to settle the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, Israel's prime minister and the president of the Palestinian Authority agree there is only one solution left: a winner-take-all soccer match. This brilliant mockumentary (helmed by veteran Israeli director Eyal Halfon) stars award-winning actors Moshe Ivgy and Norman Issa. Based on a successful Israeli novel of the same name, The 90 Minute War offers a bold, humorous, and thought-provoking take on the conflict, and an ingenious plan for a bloodless resolution. Coming to a stadium near you!

COMMUNITY HOST: Hands of Peace

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Eyal Halfon | Israel, Germany, Portugal | 2016 | 90 mins | Hebrew, Arabic, English, Spanish, Dutch | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Awards: Best actor award in Haifa International Film Festival, best supporting actor award in Israel's Academy awards.

Sponsored by:
» SPONSORED BY: Sylvia & David Geffen

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93Queen
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 4:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 17 1:15 PM

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93Queen

This documentary follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier’s quest to create the first all-female EMS ambulance service in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Ruchie, Hasidic mother, attorney, and community activist, is determined to shake up the rigid patriarchy that has steadfastly banned women from joining the EMS. One of the kinder criticisms they heard was, “You are challenging the Torah and playing with fire.” Forget Supergirl and Wonder Woman—follow Ruchie’s quest as she creates a successful organization against incredible odds.

COMMUNITY HOST: Jewish Women's Foundation. A program of the Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego; UCSD School of Jewish Studies

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Paula Eiselt | USA | 2018 | 85 mins | English | Documentary

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Judy Feldman and Barbara & Mathew Loonin

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Across the Waters
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 10 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 14 4:15 PM

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Across the Waters

This award-winning film focuses on a Jewish jazz musician and his family who frantically attempt to escape Nazi-occupied Denmark to the safety of Sweden. The family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear. This drama was inspired by true events and has been a passion project for its director, Nicolo Donato. He based his taut thriller on his grandfather, who was among the courageous Danish fishermen to ferry refugees to safety and save the lives of thousands of Jews in 1943. This treacherous journey of survival, trust and courage is a story of heroism in a time of horror.



Free student tickets made possible by a gift from the LIPINSKY FAMILY FOUNDATION in memory of Dorris Lipinsky

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Nicolo Donato | Denmark | 2016 | 94 mins | Danish, German | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Malte Farnaes, Honorary Consul of the Royal Danish Consulate, San Diego

Southern CA Premiere

Awards: Audience Award, Best Feature, Donald M Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2018 Audience Award, Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2017

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Anthrax
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 10 4:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 5:00 PM

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Anthrax

Based on a true story, Anthrax is a thriller centered on five former IDF soldiers suffering mysterious illnesses—conditions likely intentionally inflicted upon them by their very own government as it secretly tested anthrax vaccines on soldiers. After the sudden death of a friend and fellow vet, the soldiers set out to uncover what truly happened to them and who is accountable—but their health is deteriorating and the clock is ticking. Shot in “cinéma vérité” style, the film is based on the personal journey of its director, Shai Scherf.

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Shai Scherf | Israel | 2017 | 74 mins | Hebrew | Narrative

West Coast Premiere

Awards: The Best Movie award at Utopia Film Festival (Israel)

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Brews and Views
White Labs 9495 Candida St | Sun, Feb 17 5:00 PM (Brews & Views)

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Brews and Views

Brews & Views
VENUE CHANGE! Back by popular demand! Brews and Views has moved to White Labs Brewery.  Brews and Views combines two of your favorite things – local craft beer and innovating short films. Join the SDIJFF for an evening of short films, craft beers, and a good time with new and old friends. First 30 people to arrive will receive a FREE beer.  There will be a limited supply of pizza, so be there at 5 O’clock sharp if you’d like some! Otherwise, feel free to bring your own food as White Labs does not serve food. Please note, this venue ONLY serves beer. 

5:00 pm – pizza and beer
5:30 pm – films begin
Note: Must be 21+ to participate. No exceptions. Space is limited.

Short films:

The Outer Circle 
Adam Baroukh  | 13 mins | UK | English | Narrative 

Over the Wall 
Roy Zafrani  | 13 mins | USA, Israel | Hebrew | Narrative 

The Tipping Point 
Danielle Cohen  | 15 mins | USA | English | Doc 

The Postman in Underwear 
Ben Ziv,  Daniel Binsted  | 15 mins | Israel | Hebrew | Narrative 

Heads Down 
Raanan Fogel, Ziv Hernelin- Shadar, Dor Samara | 18 mins | Israel  | Hebrew | Narrative 

2018 | Short

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Cakemaker, The
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 10 4:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 7:00 PM

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Cakemaker, The

In this drama of emotional journeys, an Israeli widow confronts a German pastry maker to discover her late husband’s secret life. Combining mystery, romance and sexual awakening, The Cakemaker subtly treats issues of sexuality and sexual identity. The textures of contemporary Israeli life, including the friction between religious and non-religious Jews, are carefully and sensitively registered here, as are the differing ways that Israelis interact with a German in their midst. A New York Times Critic’s Pick and an official submission for the 2019 Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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Ofir Raul Graizer | Germany, Israel | 2017 | 104 mins | German, English, Hebrew | Narrative

Awards: Best Picture – 2018 Ophir Awards, Israel; Israel’s Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film – 91st Academy Awards

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Carl Laemmle
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 10 1:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 17 1:30 PM

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Carl Laemmle

Carl Laemmle explores the colorful life of the founder of Universal Pictures, who produced silent classics like The Phantom of the Opera and the first Oscar-winning film, All Quiet on the Western Front. Laemmle was a leader on progressive issues by providing hard-to-come-by opportunities to female directors and African-American actors. But his legacy extends far beyond Hollywood: Laemmle dedicated his personal fortune to rescuing more than 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany. Laemmle’s life story serves as both a history lesson and an inspiration.

Sidebar: 
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James L. Freedman | USA | 2018 | 91 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Sunday, February 10, Lawrence Baron, Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish History, SDSU; Sunday, February 17, James L. Freedman, Director

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Mark & Hanna Gleiberman

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Ceased to Be
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 10 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 13 1:00 PM

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Ceased to Be

WORLD PREMIERE
Sixty years after her uncle’s presumed death as a baby, Director Idit Ben Shimol is determined to find his place of burial. Her naive search exposes a series of child disappearances that were actually well-orchestrated kidnappings that took place during the State of Israel’s early years. The film presents Ben Shimol’s relentless investigation of this highly troubling — and often shocking — decades-old mystery.

Idit Ben Shimol | Israel | 2018 | 55 mins | Hebrew | Documentary

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Cousin, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 7:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 13 1:15 PM

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Cousin, The

With a mixture of laughter and terror, The Cousin is being hailed as an Israeli version of the 2017 smash, Get Out. Director Tzachi Grad writes, directs and stars as Naftali, an Israeli who hires a Palestinian worker to renovate his home. Naftali’s liberal–minded good intentions get severely tested when a crime is committed and racist attitudes in the community are exposed. The Cousin has moments of real suspense leavened by unexpected humor and unblemished honesty. It presents an “odd and interesting look at the disconnect between what many Israelis believe and how they actually live” (Jerusalem Post).

COMMUNITY HOST: J Street

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Tzachi Grad | Israel | 2017 | 93 mins | Hebrew, Arabic | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Echo
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 10 7:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 2:00 PM

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Echo

Is it really possible to know the intimate thoughts and feelings of another, even a spouse? Echo explores this intriguing question in a cogent, true-to-life film about the intricacies of relationships. Engineer Avner suspects his psychologist wife Ella of having an affair. His relentless sleuthing leads him to uncover some unexpected truths about the woman he thought he knew — and most of all — about himself.

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Amikam Kovner, Assaf Snir | Israel | 2018 | 98 mins | Hebrew | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Far From the Tree
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 10 4:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 14 5:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 17 4:15 PM

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Far From the Tree

How do parents nurture developmentally-different children and give them support, love and self-confidence? Rachel Dretzin’s film, based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning New York Times bestseller, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, presents several of these relationships, giving us a window into lives we may not have encountered before. The story of familial bonds is at the heart of this film and showcases an essential Jewish value.

COMMUNITY HOST: Jewish Family Service; Words Alive

Sidebar: 
After the Q&A, please go to our Sidebar, outside the auditorium but in the venue, to continue the conversation with our Special Guests, Joseph A. Stramondo and Leah Smith.  

JOY F. KNAPP SCREENING
The Joy F. Knapp Charitable Foundation provided tickets for special populations to attend the screening of this film

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Rachel Dretzin | USA | 2017 | 93 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Joseph A. Stramondo, Assistant Professor Department of Philosophy SDSU and Leah Smith, Media and Entertainment Advocate, Center for Disability Rights

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Fractures
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 7:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 13 4:00 PM

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Fractures

Arik Lubeztky’s directorial debut follows a marriage after the husband is accused of sexual misconduct by one of his former students. With the birth of the #MeToo movement, Fractures is more relevant than ever: a searing drama that exposes the consequences of an accusation and the shattering effects it has on all parties. Lubeztky astutely captures the turmoil of a family caught in the maelstrom of an ethical and moral dilemma, and the filmmaker develops a web of emotions and effects that are realistic, problematic, and part of our contemporary dialogue.

For Mature Audiences

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Arik Lubeztky | Israel | 2017 | 83 mins | Hebrew | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of The Cairo Geniza
JCC Garfield Theatre | Wed, Feb 6 7:00 PM

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From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of The Cairo Geniza

Underwriter Preview Night
What if you could reach across time and space…and know the intimate thoughts, fears, and desires of Judeo-Arabic people a thousand years ago? Those thoughts were recorded in manuscripts discovered in an ancient synagogue in Cairo in the 19th century. This vast treasure trove, digitized through modern technology and recorded in Paymar’s film, uncovers the microcosm of everyday life and reflects periods of religious co-existence nearly unimaginable today.

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Michelle Paymar | Canada | 2018 | 92 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Michelle Paymar, Director

USA Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Francine & Phillip Ginsburg

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Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 10 4:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 4:30 PM

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Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

Described as a “poet,” an “athlete,” or a “philosopher” of photography, Garry Winogrand harnessed the tempo of the streets to capture the American 1960s and ‘70s. This work is the first cinematic treatment of Winogrand’s work, including selections from the thousands of rolls of underdeveloped film. Freyer’s straightforward but evocative documentary constructs an especially compelling account of Winogrand’s groundbreaking transition from photojournalism to photography as art. Photography buffs, historians and movie lovers will not want to miss this encyclopedic portrait of America.

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Sasha Waters Freyer | USA | 2018 | 90 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Sunday, February 10, Deborah Klochko, Executive Director, MOPA

Awards: SXSW 2018 - Special Jury Prize

Sponsored by:
» Sharon & David Wax

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Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 17 7:45 PM

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Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta

Closing Night
Conductor Zubin Mehta, one of the world’s most charismatic conductors, is a truly global citizen. Although he adopted Vienna as his musical home, it is with Israel that he is most identified and he has become the face of its cultural excellence. Produced on the eve of Mehta’s 80th birthday, the film is a timely celebration of the legendary maestro’s life and work. Music lovers and film fans alike will bask in the richness of his music and his many achievements.

SPONSORED BY: Gary & Jerri-Ann Jacobs and Family

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Bettina Ehrhardt | Germany | 2016 | 89 mins | English, German, Italian | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Nuvi Mehta, San Diego Symphony Concert Commentator and cousin of Zubin Mehta

San Diego Premiere

Awards: Jury Building Bridges Award - Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Sponsored by:
, » Gary & Jerri-Ann Jacobs and Family

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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 10 1:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 6:00 PM (Teen Screen)
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 7:00 PM

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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

This warm and stirring award-winning documentary follows Team Israel as they compete in the World Baseball Classic for the first time in history. With a lineup of Jewish-American Major League ballplayers, Heading Home celebrates the triumphs of a little team that could (and did) pave the way for future generations of Israeli ballplayers who aspire to win this coveted prize for their homeland. Inspirational and exciting, this improbable odyssey is a grand slam even if you don’t know a home run from an infield fly.

Free student tickets made possible by a gift from the LIPINSKY FAMILY FOUNDATION in memory of Dorris Lipinsky

COMMUNITY HOST: Jewish Community Foundation; Seacrest Village

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Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger | USA, Israel, Japan, South Korea | 2018 | 87 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: (TEEN SCREEN ONLY): Tuesday, February 12, Cody Decker, Team Israel and Arizona Diamondbacks player and a former San Diego Padre

San Diego Premiere

Awards: 2018 Audience Awards - Philadelphia and Washington DC Jewish Film Festivals; Winner Best Documentary Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival 2018

Sponsored by:
» Judith & Dr. William Friedel

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Hitler versus Picasso and the Others
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 10 7:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 13 3:30 PM

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Hitler versus Picasso and the Others

Narrated by famous Italian actor Toni Servillo, this film reveals the Nazis’ complex machinations for stealing “the artistic flowering of an entire culture” which they used as another way of destroying the Jews. We journey from the Degenerate Art Exhibit to the rediscovery of hundreds of famous works; we journey through private art collections, displaying masterpieces by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Renoir, and Gauguin. Moving stories of witnesses’ descendants plus pithy quotes from Picasso and others bring the systematic destruction and looting of the day into focus.

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Claudio Poli | Italy, France, Germany | 2018 | 94 mins | Italian | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Sunday, February 10, Cynthia Walk, Professor Emerita, Literature and Film UCSD; Wednesday, February 13, Deborah Hertz, Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies/Professor in the Department of History UCSD.

Sponsored by:
» Amy & Charles Spielman

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Impure, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 4:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 14 1:30 PM

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Impure, The

This personal and trenchant documentary investigates the little-known history of Jewish prostitution in Argentina in the early 20th century. Starting with his own family’s story, the director explores the complex relationship between the predominantly Jewish organizations and Jewish community behind this industry. As Najenson illustrates, “the impure” were inextricably woven into the social and political fabric of Argentinian-Jewish life, and the film brings this nugget of Jewish and women’s history to light.

For mature audiences

Daniel Najenson | Israel, Argentina | 2017 | 69 mins | Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Monday, February 11, Rabbi Devorah Marcus, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El

West Coast Premiere

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Inside the Mossad
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 4:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 17 4:30 PM

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Inside the Mossad

What do we really know about the Israeli Mossad, one of the most esteemed intelligence agencies in the world? Founded to protect the Jewish people from a second Holocaust, the Mossad has been shrouded in secrecy. In this gripping, surprising and often shocking documentary, dozens of former operatives pull back the veil and reveal the political and personal challenges they faced in their harrowing life-and-death exploits—including the capture of Adolf Eichmann. Daniel Silva’s character Gabriel Alon is said to be based on these secret operatives.

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Duki Dror | Israel | 2018 | 90 mins | Hebrew | Documentary

San Diego Premiere

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It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 7 7:00 PM (Opening Night)
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 10 7:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 13 7:00 PM

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It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story

Opening Night
If you haven’t been to the Blue Note jazz club in NYC, put it on your bucket list. This film is a feast for the ears: a nostalgic pleasure that captivates with great voices and exciting stories. The legendary jazz label Blue Note was founded in 1939 by two young Jewish émigrés from Berlin. The vast roster of talent they recruited included jazz legends John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. With wide-ranging interviews, Friedler tells a rousing story of the producers and their protégés. This joyful film will have you “schwinging” in the aisles.

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Eric Friedler | Germany | 2018 | 115 mins | English, German | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Thursday, February 7, Mark Cantor, Archivist

West Coast Premiere

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Light of Hope
Edwards San Marcos | Sat, Feb 9 7:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 10 4:00 PM

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Light of Hope

No one can argue with the power of a woman with an unwavering mission to accomplish a seemingly impossible feat. Meet Elisabeth Eidenbenz, founder of Mothers of Elne, a maternity home which saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish mothers and children and countless other refugees in the early 1940s. In this dramatization of harrowing true events, we experience the terror these mothers faced daily and cheer their ultimate triumph in the face of insurmountable odds. In December, 2001, Yad Vashem recognized Elisabeth Eidenbenz as Righteous Among the Nations.

TRIBUTE TO MARLA BENNETT
Linda and Michael Bennett | Mary and Jon Epsten | Barbara Bloom Family | Roberta and Norman Greene | Harris Steinberg

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Silvia Quer | Spain | 2017 | 97 mins | Spanish, Catalan, French | Narrative

Southern CA Premiere

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N°5 War, The
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 8 11:00 AM
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 10 10:30 AM

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N°5 War, The

We are all familiar with Chanel’s quilted bags, finely tailored suits and exotic perfumes, but what do we really know about Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel? Some whispered she was a Nazi collaborator; others claimed she was nothing more than a wily opportunist. However, few people are aware of the twists and turns in the story behind Chanel N°5, the iconic fragrance, and the Jewish businessmen who were an integral part of this tale. This is a story of espionage, jealousy, and protection of a well-known product and brand with an untold history.

Stéphane Benhamou | France | 2017 | 53 mins | French, English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Friday, February 8, Alyssa Sepinwall, Professor of History, Cal State San Marcos; Sunday, February 10, Stéphane Benhamou, Director, Tristan Benhamou, Assistant to Film

USA Premiere

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Price of Everything, The
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sat, Feb 9 7:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 10 7:00 PM

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Price of Everything, The

In today’s frenetic art world, people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. Basquiat paintings regularly fetch tens of millions of dollars; a little-known Da Vinci sold for $450 million. But what forces are in play? Who sets these seemingly outrageous prices? Who is willing-and-able to pay such vast sums of money? Does a huge price tag make one piece more valuable than another? This film takes us to the crossroads where art meets commerce—from art studios to galleries to auction houses—to grapple with these questions and, ultimately, to discover what society loses and gains when art becomes accessible only to the very wealthy.

For Mature Audiences: includes historical Holocaust images

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Nathaniel Kahn | USA | 2018 | 105 mins | English | Documentary

San Diego Premiere

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Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 8:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 14 2:00 PM

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Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

Ben Ferencz, now 98 years young and still captivating, is the last living Nuremberg Trials prosecutor. His horror about Nazi atrocities ignited his seven-decade crusade to fight for the rule of law, not war. He spent his life negotiating reparations and restitution for the Nazis’ victims, helping form the International Criminal Court and demanding accountability for all mass murderers. Mankind owes a tremendous debt to this extraordinary human being.

For Mature Audiences: includes historical Holocaust images

COMMUNITY HOST: Anti-Defamation League

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Barry Avrich | Canada | 2018 | 83 mins | English | Documentary

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Helene & Allan Ziman

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Redemption
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 14 8:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 17 4:00 PM

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Redemption

What would you do and how far would you go to raise money for a last-ditch medical treatment for your critically ill child? Redemption tells the story of a devout Orthodox father who wades into an unlikely battle between religion and rock ‘n’ roll to save his daughter. Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize in the Czech Republic, the film showcases Best Actor winner Moshe Folkenflik (Denard Film Festival, Jerusalem) who gives a moving performance as a man forced to challenge his most cherished beliefs under tremendous personal pressures. 

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Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov | Israel | 2018 | 100 mins | Hebrew | Narrative

West Coast Premiere

Awards: Winner Audience Award - Jerusalem Film Festival 2018

Sponsored by:
» Arthur & Sandra Levinson

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Rescue Bus 300
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sat, Feb 9 7:00 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 10 7:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 2:00 PM

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Rescue Bus 300

This action-packed, suspenseful thriller blends “cinéma vérité” cinematography and character-driven drama with authentic interviews to deliver an exciting true story. On what should have been an ordinary bus ride from Tel Aviv to a nearby city, 41 passengers were thrust into a nightmarish adventure that would change their lives forever. Rescue Bus 300 presents for the first time the story of the heroes and victims of the night of April 12, 1984 on bus line 300. Their story shows the stoic and quiet heroism that must be part and parcel of Israeli life.

COMMUNITY HOST: American Technion Society; StandWithUs San Diego

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Rotem Shamir | Israel | 2018 | 75 mins | Hebrew | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10: Dr. Luba Levin-Banchik, Murray Galinson San Diego- Israel Initiative Visiting Professor Teaching at SDSU

San Diego Premiere

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Scaffolding
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 17 1:00 PM

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Scaffolding

Scaffolding offers a finely-wrought glimpse into conflicts between a turbulent young man who is striving to be independent and make choices of his own, and his father who is challenged with guiding this difficult child into a future designed by practical decisions. Yair based the story on his own teaching experiences, showing a deep understanding of the turmoil that even the most sympathetic teachers and parents can face. This film has won a host of awards at prestigious film festivals worldwide and will open a dialogue about parenting on many levels among viewers.

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Matan Yair | | Israel, Poland | 2017 | 90 mins | Hebrew | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Awards: World Premiere Cannes Film Festival 2017; Best Israeli Feature Film and Best Actor, Jerusalem Film Festival; Best Supporting Actor, Israeli Academy Awards; Best Debut Feature Award, UK Jewish Film Festival; Best Director, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival

Sponsored by:
» Chortek Family

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Simon & Théodore
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sat, Feb 9 7:30 PM
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 15 1:30 PM

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Simon & Théodore

In this endearing comedy-drama, two male misfits connect under the pressure of each one’s family circumstances and support each other. Simon’s wife, a rabbi, is about to give birth to their child. But how can this unusual young man take care of his baby when he can’t take care of himself? His encounter with Théodore, a cantankerous teen, will seriously test his self-respect and resolve as the two men set out on a wild and woolly quest through Paris. The power of compassion, love of family and inner strength combine to help these unconventional characters finally come to terms with their challenging lives.

For mature audiences.

COMMUNITY HOST: Hillel of San Diego; Hope Village Chesed House

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Mikael Buch | France | 2017 | 84 mins | French | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Debbie Rodriguez, Executive Director of Hope Village Chesed Home

Southern CA Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Amy & Charles Spielman

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Twinning Reaction, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 13 3:45 PM
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 15 11:00 AM

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Twinning Reaction, The

Weaving interviews, archival footage and animation, filmmaker Lori Shinseki creates a moving and artistically-rendered portrait of several families from New York whose lives are forever impacted—even, at times, shattered—as they discover that the Jewish adoption agency who provided their children was covertly separating and studying twins. This film gives detailed background information to augment the commercially-released Three Identical Strangers, a film which focused on triplet brothers who became famous—but they were only one of many families separated. There is both tremendous joy at seeing how some of the twins and the triplets discover each other and profound grief as they explore the toll this unknown loss had taken on their lives. This impressive debut film shows the dangers of medical arrogance and the enduring bonds of twinship.

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Lori Shinseki | USA | 2017 | 55 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Friday, February 15, Michael Kalichman, Adjunct Professor/University of California San Diego

Southern CA Premiere

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Unorthodox, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 10 1:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sat, Feb 16 7:30 PM

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Unorthodox, The

Hailed as “an inspired choice” for the prestigious opening night slot of the 2018 Jerusalem Film Festival, The Unorthodox is a fast-paced tragi-comedy that had the audience laughing throughout and applauding wildly at the end. The film tells the universal story of a frustrated father who decides to change society and meets with the bruising realities of politics. His determination leads to the founding of the Shas party, the Sephardi Torah Guardians. This story of underdogs who triumph is a deftly-scripted, well-acted morality tale that manages to be both loving and critical.

Eliran Malka | Israel | 2018 | 92 mins | Hebrew, Yiddish | Narrative

West Coast Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Denise & Sydney Selati

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Wajib
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 11 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 14 7:15 PM

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Wajib

This poignant urban road-comedy/drama features a father and semi-estranged son verbally sparring with each other as they drive around Nazareth, following the local Arab Christian tradition of hand-delivering invitations for the daughter’s upcoming wedding. At the heart of the piece is the son’s universal conundrum: tension between pursuing his dreams or remaining committed to his roots. Filled with humorous encounters with neighbors and friends, as well as hints of hidden family problems, this film lets us glimpse a slice of Israeli society we rarely see.

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Annemarie Jacir | Palestine, France, Col, Germany, UAE, Qatar, Nor | 2017 | 96 mins | Arabic | Narrative

Awards: Special Prize, Best Film, 2017 Locarno International Film Festival

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Who Will Write Our History
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 13 6:30 PM

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Who Will Write Our History

Centerpiece Film
An evocative documentary about the power of pen and paper, Who Will Write Our History is an inspiring tale of resistance and persistence. Roberta Grossman renders an admirable portrayal of the spiritual resistors who risked their lives so that the truth about life in the Warsaw Ghetto would survive, even if they didn’t. For nearly seven decades, everyday records of their lives—children’s drawings, report cards, recipes, and personal recollections, from the mundane to the philosophical—written largely in Polish and Yiddish, lay crumbling and untranslated in an obscure archive. How these treasures of Jewish history were created and saved is a most important tale of Jewish survival during the Shoah.

Includes historical Holocaust images

COMMUNITY HOST: Create a Jewish Legacy. A program of the Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego; Congregation Beth Israel

Sidebar:
After the Q&A, please go to our Sidebar, outside the auditorium, to continue the conversation with our Special Guest Producer/Director, Roberta Grossman.  

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Roberta Grossman | USA | 2018 | 95 mins | English, Yiddish, Polish | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Roberta Grossman, Producer/Director

San Diego Premiere

Awards: WINNER OF THE SDIJFF BEACON AWARD.Filmmaker Roberta Grossman will receive this year’s award, an honor given to filmmakers who shine new light on little-known stories.

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Working Woman
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 8 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 12 8:00 PM

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Working Woman

Working Woman may resonate with the #MeToo movement, but with Michal Aviad’s fluid direction and equally graceful performances, this poignant and captivating Israeli drama has the power to relate to diverse audiences as well. Aviad closely examines the complicated, often gray area, of a woman enduring routine sexual harassment in the workplace while juggling the demands of marriage and motherhood. This film will stimulate discussion about the persistence of sexual harassment long after leaving the theater.

For Mature Audiences

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Michal Aviad | Israel | 2018 | 93 mins | Hebrew | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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