Complete 2011 Film Festival List

Who Do You Love?

Opening Night:
Who Do You Love?

A rockin' Blues concert, a special reception, the "Who Do You Love" movie, a tribute to our founders, Fagie Rosen and Burt Epstein, and long-time supporters, Gloria and Ken Levy, in honor of the Film Festival's 20th year, and a surprise guest are part of what's in store for you at the 2011 special opening night event. Held for the second year in a row at the Visual and Performing Arts Center, DeAnza College, Cupertino, the evening will be a smilin' affair with lots of great music. Special tickets are required.

Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
DeAnza VPAC , Cupertino

100 Voices: A Journey Home

100 Voices: A Journey Home

The Cantors Assembly of America journeys to the magnificent home of the Warsaw Philharmonic to present a concert of Jewish religious music.

SPECIAL EVENT: After the film, the audience will be treated to a special cantorial concert by Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy of Congregation Shir Hadash, Cantor Meeka Simerly of Temple Emanu-El, and Rabbi Philip Ohriner of Congregation Beth David.

Sunday, November 20, 3:00 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams

Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams

Internationally-acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz provides insights into his thinking about a host of subjects.

SPECIAL EVENT: After the film, hear from Arie Dubnov, Ph.D., Stanford professor and scholar of Israeli intellectual history.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
OFJCC, Palo Alto

Article of Hope

Teen Screen 2011 Event

Article of Hope

The uplifting and emotional story of Israeli Air Force Colonel Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut, and the journey of a tiny Torah into space.

A discussion of the film, moderated by Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-El, will follow the film.

 

 

Sunday, November 6, 4 p.m.
BlueLight Cinemas, Cupertino

Berlin '36

Berlin '36

Facing threats of an American boycott if Jews were barred from participating in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Nazi government enticed Gretel Bergmann, a champion Jewish high jumper, into training on the German team. This nail-biting and powerful docudrama explores the political and personal challenges that Gretel faced in this difficult situation.

Sunday, November 6, 3:00 p.m.
Camera 12, San Jose

Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Camera 7, Campbell

Bride Flight

Bride Flight

In the early 1950s several people from Holland emigrate to New Zealand, including a Jewish woman who is trying to escape memories of World War II.

Sunday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose



The Concert

The Concert

A former conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra cobbles together an orchestra of Russian Jewish musicians to play in a special concert in Paris.

SPECIAL EVENT: After the Saturday, November 5 screening: Boris Vladimirsky, Ph.D., will join us for a discussion on the experience of Jewish musicians living in the USSR.

Saturday, November 5, 8:00 p.m.
OFJCC, Palo Alto

Sunday, November 6, 5:30 p.m.
Camera 12, San Jose

A Film Unfinished

A Film Unfinished

Found by accident, reels of unedited Nazi film footage catalogue the unspeakable realities of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Sunday, November 6, 1:00 p.m.
Camera 12, San Jose

The Human Resources Manager

The Human Resources Manager

The HR manager of an Israeli company escorts the body of a Romanian foreign worker who was killed in a suicide bombing.

Thursday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
OFJCC, Palo Alto

Intimate Grammar

Intimate Grammar

This film is based on a David Grossman novel and depicts the unhappy childhood of a 12-year-old boy in Jerusalem, circa 1960.

Sunday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray

Although relatively few in numbers when the Civil War began, Jews responded eagerly to the call to arms.

Sunday, November 13, 5:30 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this film examines Jewish connection to baseball and the importance of the sport in the early lives of many famous Jewish personalities.

Sunday, November 13, 1:00 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis

Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis

The dramatic and contentious tale of Rezso Kasztner, the Jew who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann for thousands of lives, and paid with his life.

SPECIAL EVENT: After the film, hear from Gaylen Ross, director of the film, who will be joined by Kasztner survivor George Bishop and by Adam Birek, whose grandparents and mother were all saved by Kasztner.

Sunday, October 30, 4:30 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Little Rose

Little Rose

This suspenseful film plumbs the depths of trust, betrayal and anti-Semitism in Poland circa 1967.

Sunday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Camera 7 Theater, Campbell



The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker

In 1967, a restless young boy in Haifa learns about life from a man who makes his living making matches between lonely singles.

 

Sunday, October 30, 2:00 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Camera 7 Theater, Campbell

Matter of Size, A

A Matter of Size

Sumo wrestlers in Tel Aviv? It's a solution for some weight-challenged Israelis in this light feature.

SPECIAL EVENT: Big Joe and another sumo wrestler will join us for a mini-Sumo demonstration.

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Cubberley, Palo Alto

Precious Life

Precious Life

A doctor at a Tel Aviv hospital saves the life of a child from Gaza with a rare disease.

SPECIAL EVENT: After the film, Dr. Robert Pearl will moderate a discussion with Filmmaker Shlomi Edlar, who will join us from Tel Aviv via Skype.

Sunday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose



Restoration

Restoration

The surviving partner of a furniture restoration shop enlists the assistance of a mysterious young man.

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Camera 7 Theater, Campbell

Sholem Aleichem

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Sholem Aleichem was called the "Yiddish Mark Twain." This is an extraordinary exploration of his life and storytelling.

Sunday, October 23, 1:00 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Strangers No More

Strangers No More

A short film about an extraordinary Tel Aviv school serving immigrant children, many of whom are political refugees fleeing war and poverty.


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Sunday, October 23, 5:30 p.m.
Camera 12 Theater, San Jose

Sayed Kashura: Forever Scared

Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared

A short film about the complicated life of an Israeli Arab writer of a hit Hebrew-language TV show.

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