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Albanian Code, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 4:45 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 1:15 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Thu, Feb 20 12:00 PM
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 21 11:00 AM

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Albanian Code, The

During the Holocaust, the Albanian code of besa, or pledge of honor, was demonstrated by those who helped and protected the less fortunate—including thousands of Jews. This uplifting documentary affords a broad view of these little-known heroes while also providing first-person perspectives from those saved and the Albanians who helped them. “[It] is a journey to say thank you,” says the director, “to the Albanian people, who behaved differently from all of Europe.”

North American Premiere

Joy F. Knapp Screening
The Joy F. Knapp Charitable Foundation provided tickets to special populations to attend the screening of this film.

Yael Katzir | Israel | 2019 | 55 mins | Hebrew, English, Albanian w/English Subtitles | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Yael Katzir, Director and Dan Katzir, Writer | Sunday, February 16

Sponsored by:
» The Joy F. Knapp Charitable Foundation

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Angelica
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 16 11:00 AM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 17 1:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 4:00 PM

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Angelica

Boris Schatz is one of the most celebrated Israeli artists, and volumes have been written about his life and work. But when a cache of letters between him and his “secret” daughter Angelica is discovered in the Zionist Archives, a whole new chapter in the Schatz family saga is unveiled. Angelica’s great-grandson, the filmmaker, begins a journey that reveals their loving yet difficult father/daughter
relationship and its influence both on their lives and on the art of Israel.

North American Premiere

Dan Peer | Israel | 2019 | 75 mins | Hebrew, English w/English Subtitles | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Smadar Samson, Curator/House of Israel | Sunday February 16 and Wednesday February 19.

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Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sat, Feb 15 7:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 1:00 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Wed, Feb 19 1:30 PM

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Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny

As the creator of the iconic bunny logo and the founding art director at Playboy magazine, Art Paul is credited with the “Illustrator’s Revolution,” a movement that gave artists the freedom to insert their unique personalities and opinions into their work and changed the landscape of magazine publishing. With a mix of interviews and archival footage, this documentary reveals the life and accomplishments of a legendary and influential Jewish art director.

Saturday, February 15 screening
MOPA - David C. Copley Atrium
Dessert reception to follow screening.

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Jennifer Hou Kwong | USA | 2018 | 74 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Hou Kwong, Director and Suzanne Seed, Author, Photojournalist & Playwright | Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16.

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Helene Ziman, » & Allan Ziman

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Aulcie
JCC Garfield Theatre | Wed, Feb 12 7:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 23 12:30 PM

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Aulcie

Underwriter Preview Night
"It’s a story about redemption, how he got his life back, and how he found his way back to Israel,” says director Dani Menken of Aulcie, the hotly anticipated sequel to his award-winning film On the Map. Aulcie showcases the turbulent career and complicated personal life of American-turned-Israeli basketball player Aulcie Perry.

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Dani Menkin | Israel | 2020 | 75 mins | English, Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Dani Menkin, Director | Wednesday, February 12

San Diego Premiere

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AWARD WINNERS: TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 12:00 PM

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AWARD WINNERS: TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Girl with a Fork in a World of Soup
Dafna has a lot of love to give, but no one to give it to. The guitar sounds from her new neighbor will lead to a chance. A bittersweet musical comedy.
Director: Yotam Knispel
Drama| Israel | 2019 | 22 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitle |San Diego Premiere

The Home Front
An Israeli policeman invites a stranger in distress into his home and leaves him alone with his wife while he departs to deal with a terrorist event, not knowing the stranger is actually a terrorist.  Contains graphic violence.
Director: Tal Inbar
Documentary| Israel | 2019 | 10 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitles |San Diego Premiere

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2019 | Short

Guest Speaker: Panel Discussion with film directors Tal Inbar, Yotam Knispel and Nitzan Gilady, Guest Filmmaker for CSUSM, 2020 Spring Semester, Mya Kaplan Director of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival and Israel's Award Winner director Nitzan Gilady (Wedding Doll).

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Brews and Views
White Labs 9495 Candida St | Sun, Feb 23 5:00 PM (Brews & Views)

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Brews and Views

Brews & Views
Back by popular demand, Brews and Views combines two of your favorite things — local craft beer and innovative short films.

Join the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival for an evening of short films, drinks
and a good time with new and old friends. 

YidLife Crisis: Breaking the Fast
Jamie Elman, Eli Batalion | Canada | French, Yiddish | w/English
Subtitles | Comedy            
Assembling at Montreal's Holy Temple of poutine, La Banquise, on the Jewish calendar's holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, Chaimie and Leizer argue about the meaning of the ritual of fasting while inevitably ritually eating.

Coming Home
Ahinoam Nahum | Israel | Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Drama |
Southern California Premiere
Faith travels with her husband Naor and their daughter to her parents' home in Gush Katif, to be with her family on the Saturday before the evacuation of the settlements as part of the disengagement. Along the way, they encounter barriers that pass.              

Marriage Material
Oran Zegman | USA | English | Musical   
After her boyfriend rejects her marriage proposal, Leah checks herself into the “Late Blooming Bride” retreat, which re-packages women into “Marriage Material.” But, in the demanding pursuit of perfection, how much is Leah willing to sacrifice?

Update, The
Mor Hanay | Israel | Hebrew w/English Subtitles |
Comedy | West Coast Premiere
Adam has the perfect girlfriend, Alex, which was custom-made for him. Alex is separated from him for 24 hours during the annual 'Update Day' and he finds himself spending the time with Yuli, a human being like him, she makes him question everything he thought was perfect

The first 30 people to arrive will be awarded a drink voucher.

Please note, this venue ONLY serves beer.  Feel free to bring your own food as White Labs does not serve food. 

Event starts at 5:00 PM.

Address:
White Labs
9495 Candida Street
San Diego, CA 92126

Note: Must be 21+ to participate. No exceptions. Space is limited.
 
*Not included with Film Festival all-access pass or Underwriter pass.  Seperate admission is required.

2020 | Short

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Chasing Portraits
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 3:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 2:30 PM

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Chasing Portraits

Before the Holocaust, Moshe Rynecki was an accomplished artist with hundreds of paintings depicting beautiful scenes of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. When the Nazis took Warsaw, Rynecki became concerned for the safety of his work and gave it to friends for safekeeping. Years later, his family was able to recover a portion of the paintings, but where were the rest? In this compelling documentary, Moshe’s great-granddaughter—filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki—sets out to find the lost art and unexpectedly stumbles upon a path to intergenerational healing. Based on the book by Elizabeth Rynecki.  Contains Holocaust material.

TRIBUTE TO MARLA BENNETT

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Elizabeth Rynecki | USA | 2018 | 78 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Rynecki, Director | Sunday, February 16.

San Diego Premiere

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City of Joel
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 18 1:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 23 1:00 PM

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City of Joel

What happens when the Satmar—a small, insular sect of Hasidim—create a community in upstate New York where they can be fruitful, multiply, and follow the 613 rules of the Talmud? They thrive! After 40 years, Kiryas Joel (City of Joel) has outgrown the 1.1 square miles it occupies and—to the dismay of its secular neighbors—is ready to expand. This documentary exposes rising tensions between the two groups and the turf war that results when a previously insignificant minority gains
political influence and power.

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Jesse Sweet | USA | 2018 | 90 mins | English | Documentary

San Diego Premiere

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Crescendo
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 17 6:30 PM

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Crescendo

When a world-renowned conductor accepts a job as maestro of an orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian teens, he knows there will be challenges but fails to anticipate their intensity. The teens’ level of distrust makes it hard for them to put their feelings aside and let music unite them. Academy Award-nominated director Dror Zahavi presents this gripping drama, which is loosely based on Daniel
Barenboim’s West–Eastern Divan Orchestra.

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Dror Zahavi | Germany | 2019 | 112 mins | German, English w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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

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Dead of Jaffa, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 17 7:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 18 4:00 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Thu, Feb 20 4:45 PM

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Dead of Jaffa, The

Israeli Palestinians Rita and George are taken aback when three West Bank children are suddenly “delivered” to their home. Rita embraces the children as her own, but George isn’t sure he is willing to risk hiding illegal aliens. The situation gets more complicated when a film being shot in their neighborhood parallels events in 1947 Jaffa, ultimately creating life-changing decisions for the oldest child and his new parents.

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Ram Love | Israel | 2019 | 96 mins | Arabic, English, Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Dolce Fine Giornata
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 18 7:00 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Wed, Feb 19 7:00 PM

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Dolce Fine Giornata

Polish–Jewish poet Maria Linde lives the privileged life of a Nobel Prize winner in the beautiful Italian countryside with her younger Egyptian lover and her extended family. This idyll comes unraveled after Rome is attacked by terrorists.
When Maria speaks out publicly against the resulting xenophobia, she is unprepared for the public backlash. Krystyna Janda won Best Actress at the Sundance Film Festival for this role.

Sundance Film Festival - Best Actress Award, Krystyna Janda

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Jacek Borcuch | Poland | 2019 | 92 mins | Italian, Polish, French w/English Subtitles | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Antonio Iannotta, Artistic Director San Diego Italian Film Festival | Tuesday February 18 and Wednesday, February 19.

San Diego Premiere

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Douze Points
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 23 7:00 PM

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Douze Points

Closing Night
In this action-comedy, Tarik (TJ) Jihad, a French–Muslim gay man, prepares to compete in Europe’s largest TV singing contest when a local ISIS terror cell makes him an offer he can’t refuse so that they can infiltrate Israel for the contest’s finale. The resulting chaos that erupts between the terrorists, Mossad, and the contest’s participants makes for a hilarious satire of today’s culture and politics.

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Danny Sirkin | Israel | 2019 | 90 mins | Hebrew, French, English w/ English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Flawless
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 7:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 23 4:15 PM

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Flawless

In a desperate attempt to gain popularity and attract prom dates, three teenagers from Jerusalem devise a plan to buy breast implants. With edgy drama and implied cultural commentary, Flawless reveals the complex fears and struggles of today’s adolescents. The film made history in 2018 when Stav Strashko became the first transgender woman to be nominated for an Ophir Award (the “Israeli Oscars”) for her role as Eden.

2018 Ophir Award for Best: Costume Design, Casting, Makeup

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Tal Granit | Israel, Germany | 2018 | 97 mins | Hebrew, Russian w/English Subtitles | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Mary Neal, Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, San Diego

San Diego Premiere

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God of the Piano
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 17 4:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 20 7:30 PM

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God of the Piano

When her son is born deaf, Anat is initially devastated. How could he ever compete with the rest of her musically-accomplished family? Determined to raise a prodigy, Anat takes action, and soon her obsessive behavior and outrageous expectations become soul-crushing for her son—not unlike the childhood pressure she experienced from her own father. Beyond a look at the mother/son relationship, God of the Piano explores the nature of genius and questions how far a parent should go in trying to create a genius.

2019 Jerusalem Film Festival – Winner, Best Actress, Naama Preis

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Itay Tal | Israel | 2019 | 80 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Henri Dauman: Looking Up
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 16 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 17 1:00 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Tue, Feb 18 4:00 PM

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Henri Dauman: Looking Up

His iconic photographs of superstars like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Jacqueline Kennedy graced the pages of LIFE, Newsweek, and The New York Times, yet Henri Dauman never became a household name. Now stepping out from behind the camera with his upbeat and sometimes humorous commentary, Dauman reveals his childhood trauma and his journey from Holocaust survivor to one of the 20th century’s most renowned photojournalists.

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival – Audience Award – Documentary
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival – Runner Up Audience Award – Documentary

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Peter Kenneth Jones | USA | 2018 | 86 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Peter Kenneth Jones, Director and Nicole Suerez, Producer | Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17.

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Mark & Hanna Gleiberman

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Humorist, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 18 6:30 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Wed, Feb 19 4:00 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 20 4:15 PM

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Humorist, The

It’s 1984, the Soviet Union is in the middle of collapse, and Boris Arkadiev, the nation’s favorite (state-sanctioned) standup comedian, has become frustrated with his lack of creative freedom. When he starts to question the censorship to which he’s been an obedient puppet for his entire career, the state watchdogs step into his life more directly and Arkadiev faces life-changing issues and decisions. The Humorist is ultimately a commentary on the situation of any artist working under an oppressive regime.

Art Film Fest 2019 – Blue Angel prize, Best Actor, Aleksey Agranovich

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Michael Idov | Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia | 2019 | 100 mins | Russian w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Incitement
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 7:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 20 7:00 PM

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Incitement

This intense thriller follows Yigal Amir (Yehuda Nahari Halevi) in his progression from right-wing law student to assassin of Yitzak Rabin. Amir describes himself as “laser pointed” on whatever goal he sets himself, and the focus and intensity of the cinematography and acting reflect this. The film sets the context for the Rabin murder by referencing 1995 mosque attacks and suicide bombings, and cleverly integrates newsreel footage (including Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearances) with staged scenes. “The movie’s title sums up director Zilberman’s message of blaming a toxic political climate
for the actions of a violent madman” [Hollywood Reporter].

92nd Academy Awards – Israel entry for the Best International Feature Film

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Yaron Zilberman | Israel | 2019 | 123 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Arthur & Sandra Levinson

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King Bibi
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 3:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 23 4:00 PM

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King Bibi

Bypassing traditional media and communicating directly with the public is the MO of the current American president, but before Trump there was Benjamin Netanyahu. Digging deep into masses of existing television footage, King Bibi explores how the five-term prime minister rose to power and reveals the family dynamics that may have paved the way. “One of the six best docs to hit the big and small screens [this year].” Washington Post

Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Paris 2019 – Winner, Best Documentary

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Dan Shadur | Israel, USA | 2018 | 87 mins | Hebrew, English w/English Subtitles | Documentary

San Diego Premiere

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Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 16 7:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 18 4:30 PM

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Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein

Long before Humans of New York, there was Harold Feinstein, a master of black-and-white street photography who first found success in the 1940s for his evocative look at life in Coney Island. Weaving personal interviews with extraordinary photos, the film offers a peek into Feinstein’s award-winning techniques while chronicling the ebb and flow of his six-decade career.

MOPA In Focus: Selected Works by Harold Feinstein 
At MOPA in the David C. Copley Atrium
Sunday, February 16
6:15 PM to 7:15 PM 

Join MOPA and the 2020 SDIJFF on February 16 prior to the screening of Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein for a unique opportunity to view original photographs by the artist from MOPA's collection. Attendees will enjoy the photographs up close, and learn more about Feinstein's process. MOPA is home to a permanent collection of over 9,000 images that serve the mission of the museum to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection and preservation of photography and film.  

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Andy Dunn | UK | 2018 | 89 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Deborah Klochko, Executive Director/MOPA | Sunday February 16.

West Coast Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Barbara & Mathew Loonin

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Last Supper, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 20 4:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 23 1:30 PM

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Last Supper, The

The year is 1933 and Hitler has just come to power when the Glicksteins, a Jewish family living in Berlin, sit down for a family meal. Polite dinner conversations suggest a group who don’t take the Nazi party seriously, but discussions develop into intense arguments that show a family fracturing  over political views as they try to decide their futures.

FREE student tickets made possible by a gift from the LIPINSKY FAMILY FOUNDATION in memory of Dorris Lipinsky.  Pick up a ticket at Guest Services at the Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive La Jolla, CA or day of film screening at the venue.  Valid I.D. required.

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Florian Frerichs | Germany | 2018 | 80 mins | German w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Lipinsky Family Foundation

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Love in Suspenders
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 14 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 20 6:30 PM

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Love in Suspenders

Tami, an optimistic 60-ish widow with an unusual “secret friend,” lives comfortably in a beautiful retirement home, while grouchy Beno, a widower in his 70s, struggles to pay rent. When Tami and Beno collide, quite literally, sparks begin to fly, but their growing friendship is complicated by meddlesome offspring and neighbors who think they know what’s best. This delightful romantic comedy is a reminder that love has no age restrictions.

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Jorge Weller | Israel | 2019 | 102 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Sharon & David Wax

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Mamboniks,The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 17 3:15 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 1:30 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Thu, Feb 20 2:15 PM

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Mamboniks,The

“If a ‘nudnik’ is someone who insists upon being a pain in the neck, then a ‘mambonik’ is someone who insists upon dancing mambo!” Filmed in New York, Havana, and Miami, and set to the infectious Afro-Cuban sounds of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, this documentary traces the mambo’s rise from its birth in Cuba to the peak of its popularity in 1950s New York City. A lovable and eccentric group of senior dancers tell their tales with heart and chutzpah and explain how mambo surmounted race and religion, creating a profound and joyous kinship between otherwise disparate communities.

41st annual Latin American Film Series (Milwaukee) - Audience Favorite

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Lex Gillespie | USA | 2019 | 90 mins | English, Spanish w/English Subtitles | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Vera Tinoco, Director & Promoter for VeDanza Dance Company | Thursday, February 20

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Mossad!
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sat, Feb 22 7:30 PM

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Mossad!

Cleverly channeling James Bond and other movie secret agents, Mossad! delivers wacky humor, stunts, and dialogue as Mossad and the CIA team up to rescue an American tech billionaire held hostage in Israel. Boldly poking fun at the political relationship between Israel and the U.S., this film could be an antidote to current political realities.

The greatest box-office success in Israeli cinema of 2019.

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Alon Gur Arye | Israel | 2019 | 95 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Mover, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 18 7:15 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Thu, Feb 20 7:30 PM

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Mover, The

Zanis Lipke was the Oskar Schindler of Latvia. A reluctant worker in a Luftwaffe factory, he saw the Jews who were forced to work there and managed to spirit them away to a bunker he dug on his own property. The uncertainty of war and the danger his family faced also affected his 10-year-old son, Zigis. Lipke ultimately saved 40 of the 200 Jews who survived in Latvia.  Contains Holocaust material.

92nd Academy Awards – Latvia entry for the Best International Feature Film
Latvian National Film Festival 2018 – Winner, Latvian Film Prize for Best: Director, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Production Design
Best Film, Between Israeli and Jewish Identity Competition, Haifa International Film Festival

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Davis Simanis Jr. | Latvia | 2018 | 90 mins | Latvian, German, Yiddish w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Chortek Family

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Mrs. G
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 14 11:00 AM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 20 2:00 PM

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Mrs. G

Upon her arrival in Israel, Lea Gottlieb, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, learned quickly that a raincoat business would not succeed in her new homeland. Ever savvy, Mrs. G. (as she came to be known) shifted her focus to swimwear and, from her tiny Tel Aviv apartment, Gottex was born. Gottlieb’s creative, innovative, colorful, and sometimes outrageous designs, along with Mrs. G’s
dominant personality and unbridled passion, catapulted her company to the forefront of the fashion world—but not without personal cost.

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Dalit Kimor | Israel | 2019 | 55 mins | Hebrew, English, Hungarian w/English Subtitles | Documentary

West Coast Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Judy Feldman

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Operative, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sat, Feb 15 7:00 PM

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Operative, The

Rachel was recruited by Mossad and served in Tehran on a covert mission before suddenly going rogue. Flashbacks reveal her life in Iran as a supposed English teacher and her ethical and emotional dilemmas as she infiltrates a major Iranian company. Diane Kruger stars as an unlikely spy who is pushed past her comfort zone and faces danger from the very agency that hired her. Based on the best-selling Israeli novel The English Teacher.

With English Subtitles


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Yuval Adler | France, Israel, Germany, USA | 2019 | 120 mins | English, German, Persian, Hebrew, Kurdish, French | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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Other Story, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 4:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 4:30 PM

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Other Story, The

Family conflict and secret schemes take center stage in this provocative drama that explores the divide between Israel’s secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews. Two women—one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the comforts of faith, the other determined to escape her oppressive religion—cross paths and complications ensue. Award-winning director Avi Nesher skillfully explores a generation that is sometimes too quick to judge and condemn what it doesn’t understand.

The Israeli Film Critic Association – 2018 Best Director Award

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Avi Nesher | Israel | 2018 | 112 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Denise & Sydney Selati

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Picture of His Life
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 13 7:00 PM (Opening Night)
La Paloma Theatre | Tue, Feb 18 7:00 PM

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Picture of His Life

Opening Night
Fascinated by the most formidable underwater creatures, world-renowned Israeli photographer Amos Nachoum brazenly puts himself into his subjects’ environment and captures some of the most astonishing images of our time. Now Nachoum is on a quest for the “picture of his life” by swimming with and photographing a polar bear. This breathtaking documentary follows Nachoum and his team to the freezing Arctic where we see the intense preparation and patience necessary for his work and come to understand why he believes that nature is necessary to maintain a peaceful and joyous life.

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Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir | France, Israel, USA, Canada, Mexico | 2019 | 75 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Dani Menkin, Director | Thursday, February 13.

San Diego Premiere

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Samuel Project, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Tue, Feb 18 1:30 PM
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Samuel Project, The

Teen Screen
The power of personal story to bring generations together is the theme of this warm family dramedy. Eli, a high school senior and artist-to-be, recruits his grandfather (Hal Linden), a reluctant San Diego dry cleaner named Samuel, to be the subject of his school’s animated-film project which will showcase his grandfather’s inspiring story of Holocaust survival. Though they had never been close, Eli and Samuel develop an important relationship as they spend time together and excavate family history. Actor Ryan Ochoa, who attended Vista Grande Elementary School, plays Eli. The high school Eli attends was filmed at the San Diego Jewish Academy. Other film locations are Balboa Park, North Park, Point Loma, Ramona and downtown San Diego. 

Honolulu Jewish Film Festival 2019 – Winner, Shaloha Award for Outstanding Film

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2018 – Winner, Audience Award (Best Narrative Feature)

FREE student tickets made possible by a gift from the LIPINSKY FAMILY FOUNDATION in memory of Dorris Lipinsky.  Pick up a ticket at Guest Services at the Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive La Jolla, CA or day of film screening at the venue.  Valid I.D. required.

The Samuel Project, TEEN SCREEN (Teens Only), Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:00 PM doors open 7:00 PM film screening.  Purchase FREE tickets by clicking the "Purchase Tickets Online!" button on your left.
Questions: Jason Lobenstein/Teen Director, jasonl@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1331.

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Marc Fusco | USA | 2018 | 93 mins | English | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Ryan Ochoa, Actor | Wednesday, February 19, TEEN SCREEN (Teens Only) screening; Steve Weinberger, Producer | Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19 public screening.

Sponsored by:
» Lipinsky Family Foundation

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Spider in the Web
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 7:30 PM
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Spider in the Web

The boundaries between reality and years of lies and deceit become blurred in this engrossing spy thriller starring Sir Ben Kingsley as Adereth, an aging Mossad agent struggling to maintain his professional relevance. As he embarks on what may be his last mission, Adereth’s superiors begin to doubt that he will stay on task and send a young agent to monitor the job. Inspired by true events, the film is set during the Syrian war, with surprises at every turn.

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Eran Riklis | UK, Israel | 2019 | 113 mins | English | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Judith & Dr. William Friedel,

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Spy Behind Home Plate, The
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 12:15 PM
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Spy Behind Home Plate, The

The son of Jewish immigrants who came to be known as “the brainiest man in baseball,” Moe Berg led a dual life. To the public, he was a brilliant ball player in the same league as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but secretly he was an OSS operative whose work played a significant role in America’s
efforts to subvert German atomic bomb development during WWII. With rare footage and first-person interviews, this documentary adds much important information to the recent film The Catcher Was a Spy and brings to light the life of a true American hero.

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Aviva Kempner | USA | 2019 | 98 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Alyssa Sepinwall, Professor of History, Cal State Univ. – San Marcos| Sunday, February 16.

Sponsored by:
» Francine & Phillip Ginsburg

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Standing Up, Falling Down
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sat, Feb 15 7:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Mon, Feb 17 7:00 PM

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Standing Up, Falling Down

Scott ran off to LA to become a stand-up comedian, but, after struggling, he is forced to return to his family home in Long Island. There, he encounters regret and disappointment until he strikes up a friendship with Marty, an eccentric dermatologist and charming karaoke-singing barfly. The unlikely duo, played by Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal, combine humor with drama as they find strength in facing their failures together.

Humor and Humanity award and Best Directorial Debut for a USA Narrative Film, Heartland International Film Festival.

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Matt Ratner | USA | 2019 | 91 mins | English | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
» Sylvia & David Geffen

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Sustainable Nation
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 5:30 PM
La Paloma Theatre | Tue, Feb 18 1:30 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Thu, Feb 20 3:15 PM

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Sustainable Nation

Israeli technology is at the forefront of the effort to save lives by bringing safe drinking water to those without access to it. One in 10 people worldwide suffers from lack of safe water, and generations-old farms are suffering from drought. Fighting what seems like a hopeless spiral toward certain death, three Israeli “water revolutionaries” use a holistic approach to sustainability in California, India, and Africa, earning gratitude from the beneficiaries and showing the way for the rest of the world to help avert this crisis.

North County Kickoff Party
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Leichtag Commons (Eastside HIVE)
441 Saxony Road, Encinitas | 760.929.1090
Exclusive to: Underwriters, All-Festival Pass Holders and
Ticket Holders to the 1:30 pm screening of Sustainable Nation at La Paloma Theatre.
RSVP REQUIRED, contact Shannon Merrill at shannonm@lfjcc.org or 858.362.1347

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Micah Smith | USA | 2019 | 60 mins | English | Documentary

San Diego Premiere

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There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 6:45 PM
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There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv

Who’d give up a rabbinate for a zoo? The answer is Max Shorenstein, who left his post as chief rabbi of Copenhagen’s Jewish community in 1935 in order to fulfill a longtime dream: to build a zoo in Palestine. Against all odds, “Rabbi Doolittle” (as he was called) assembled the incredibly popular Tel Aviv Zoo, but as the city grew, so too did the envy and greed of city officials who ultimately banished the rabbi from the very paradise he created. This documentary tells a bittersweet tale about one man’s love of the animal kingdom and the pains of urban growth.

Docaviv International Film Festival, 2019 – Winner, Research Award

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Duki Dror | Israel | 2019 | 63 mins | Hebrew w/English Subtitles | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Helena Galper, Director of the San Diego Friends of the Jerusalem Zoo

San Diego Premiere

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Those Who Remained
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Wed, Feb 19 7:45 PM
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 23 6:30 PM

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Those Who Remained

Centerpiece Film
In post-World War II Budapest, Aldo, a doctor, is living a solitary, tormented life after years enduring Nazi concentration camps. Meanwhile, Klara, a young teen, spends her lonely days with her maiden aunt, hoping her parents have survived the war. The two meet and form an unlikely—and misunderstood—friendship that demonstrates the healing power of love in the midst of loss, trauma, and national conflict.  For mature audiences.

92nd Academy Awards – Hungary entry for the Best International Feature Film

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Barnabás Tóth | Hungary | 2019 | 83 mins | Hungarian w/English Subtitles | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
MOPA (MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS) | Sun, Feb 16 4:30 PM
JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 21 1:30 PM

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Imposing, antagonistic, highly opinionated, and occasionally comical, Pauline Kael made her mark as the most contentious and powerful film critic of the 20th century. Kael’s complicated relationship with mainstream values shaped her film reviews, which were never just about the movies, but also about sexism, class conflict, alienation, and the seduction of fame and wealth. A thoughtful and entertaining documentary, What She Said attempts to uncover the person behind the most feared and revered critic in the business.

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Rob Garver | USA | 2018 | 95 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Beth Accomondo, KPBS/Arts & Culture Reporter | Sunday, February 16.

San Diego Premiere

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Wolkenbruch’s Wonderous Journey into the Arms of a Shiksa
CLAIREMONT READING CINEMAS 14, JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS | Sun, Feb 16 4:00 PM
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Wolkenbruch’s Wonderous Journey into the Arms of a Shiksa

How does a young, marriageable Orthodox man manage to lead his own life without being smothered by his family and constrained by his religion? Poor Mordechai (Motti)), a Woody Allen-esque figure, nagged by his mother about finding a nice Jewish girl to marry, instead finds himself smitten with a shiksa (non- Jewish woman) and is thus in a quandary. How he resolves his situation is the premise of this family and coming-of-age comedy that pits romance against tradition, mother against son, and thrusts a naive young man into a world he never expected to inhabit. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name.  For mature audiences.


92nd Academy Awards – Switzerland entry for the Best International
Feature Film

Language: German, Yiddish, Hebrew w/English Subtitles

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Michael Steiner | Switzerland, Germany | 2018 | 90 mins | Narrative

San Diego Premiere

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