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July 22, 2017
Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God

Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God

Germany Dutch English German Hebrew Russian SFJFF 2017
July 22
11:30 a.m.

Willy Wolff escaped the Nazis, became a renowned British journalist and didn’t go to rabbinical school till he was in his 50s. Now in his 80s, he leads two communities in Germany and still finds time for yoga, learning Russian and enjoying the racetrack. We go behind the scenes to see the beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking life of a deeply religious man who is rarely seen without a twinkle in his eye.

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Stranger in Paradise

Stranger in Paradise

Netherlands English SFJFF 2017
July 22
12:00 p.m.

This timely fiction/documentary hybrid plays with our minds as a European lectures, then interrogates refugees from Africa and the Middle East who are seeking asylum. He tells them they are not wanted, then that they deserve refugee status, then asks specific questions to weed out those who do not qualify. First-time helmer Guido Hendrikx uses innovative and provocative techniques to make us share in the emotions of the most powerless people in the world.

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Big Sonia

Big Sonia

USA English SFJFF 2017
July 22
1:25 p.m.

When you first catch sight of the light in her eyes, it is hard to imagine that Sonia Warshawski lived through one of the darkest periods of human history. Yet this 92-year-old, who drives herself to her tailoring business six days a week with a set of brightly painted fingernails and an equally vibrant smile, was forced to come of age in Auschwitz and now shares her story with school children and prisoners alike.

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Exodus Sidebar Panel Discussion

Exodus Sidebar Panel Discussion

SFJFF 2017
July 22
1:30 p.m.

Following the Castro screening of Stranger in Paradise, SFJFF is pleased to present a panel discussion on the refugee and immigration crisis with Mark Hetfield, Executive Director of HIAS; Amy Weiss, Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay; Subhi Nahas, Syrian refugee and LGBTQ activist and moderated by Michael Krasny, host of KQED's Forum.

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Voyage of the Damned

Voyage of the Damned

USA English SFJFF 2017
July 22
3:00 p.m.

Haunting in its relevance for today’s refugee crisis, this star-studded 1976 film evokes the hopes and fears of a people uprooted from their homes en route to a promised land on the MS St. Louis, the ship that brought 937 Jews escaping Germany on the eve of the Shoah in 1939 to the shores of Cuba, where they are forbidden to disembark (only to then be similarly rejected by the United States and Canada)

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A Classy Broad

A Classy Broad

USA English SFJFF 2017
July 22
3:50 p.m.

This delightful film documents the life of Marcia Nasatir, starting with her childhood as a Jewish girl in Texas and ending up in Hollywood where she broke through the glass ceiling to become the first female vice president of production at United Artists. Featuring clips from films such as Rocky and The Big Chill (which she helped bring to the screen) and interviews with Hollywood luminaries, A Classy Broad details a singular life.

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Fanny's Journey

Fanny's Journey

France French SFJFF 2017
July 22
6:15 p.m.

Riveting from the first frame to the last, Fanny’s Journey is the true and absorbing story of a 13-year-old girl who is separated from her parents in Nazi-occupied France. Fanny is brave and determined and leads her younger sisters and a group of Jewish children towards sanctuary in Switzerland. Expertly directed and well acted, the film emphasizes the resilience of these young heroes and is especially relevant in the present moment.

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Bye Bye Germany

Bye Bye Germany

Germany German SFJFF 2017
July 22
6:40 p.m.

“After World War II approximately 4,000 Jews stayed in Germany. Later, none of them could explain to their children why,” we learn in Sam Gabarski’s Bye Bye Germany. This stylized, humor-laced drama devotes itself to answering this question by portraying the lives of a sundry group of survivors who remain in Germany immediately after liberation and are led by a charismatic, top hat–wearing jokester (Run Lola Run’s masterfully expressive Moritz Bleibtreu).

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Harmonia

Harmonia

Israel Hebrew SFJFF 2017
July 22
8:55 p.m.

Writer/director Ori Sivan’s elegant, understated backstage musical drama is a modern-day adaptation of the Book of Genesis. Sarah is a talented harpist performing in the Jerusalem orchestra of her conductor and husband, the obsessed, Abraham (Alon Aboutboul). Into their childless marriage enters the enigmatic Hagar, a Palestinian horn player who offers to provide the Israeli couple with a child. The film’s finale is an unforgettable and emotional call for harmony between Arabs and Jews.

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Mr. Predictable

Mr. Predictable

Israel Hebrew SFJFF 2017
July 22
8:55 p.m.

Adi Levi is such a steady and reliable husband and father, everyone in his life takes him for granted—until he’s misdiagnosed with cancer and told he has only weeks to live. Everyone in his life continues to take him for granted, but in this endearing Israeli romantic comedy, he is finally forced to choose whether to stand up for himself or continue to let life push him around.

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