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Sunday, October 27
 
South Bay Premiere
Picture of His Life

Picture of His Life - Amos Nachoum
Amos Nachoum

Picture of His Life - Dani Menkin
Dani Menkin

OPENING NIGHT GALA

Picture of His Life

Explore the life of Amos Nachoum, one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time, as he faces his ultimate challenge: to swim unprotected with a polar bear.

Join us for the Opening Night Gala with a screening of the film Picture of His Life and special guests Amos Nachoum, the subject of the film, a world-acclaimed wildlife photographer and conservationist; director Dani Menkin, a two-time winner of the Israeli Academy Award; and executive producer Ori Eisen. Discussion and reception to follow.

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Monday, October 28
 
Abe Abe

The son of an Israeli mother and a Palestinian father learns the art of cooking while searching for his identity amid one of the longest-running conflicts on our planet.

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Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth - Miriam Westheimer
Miriam Westheimer

Ask Dr. Ruth - Joel Westheimer
Joel Westheimer

SPECIAL SCREENING

Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality.

Special guests: Miriam Westheimer and Joel Westheimer, children of Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

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Tuesday, October 29
 
Carl Laemmle Carl Laemmle

Explore the life of Carl Laemmle, the immigrant who founded Universal Pictures, and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany.

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South Bay Premiere
Simon and Théodore
Simon and Théodore

Simon and Théodore follows the eccentric friendship between an emotionally troubled man and rebellious teen, two misfits seeking self-acceptance.

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Wednesday, October 30
 
Redemption Redemption

A father fights to save his gravely ill daughter and his own dreams of being a rock musician, in this poignant drama.

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The Passengers


Director Ryan S. Porush
The Passengers

This story of the Ethiopian Jews is told through the amazing journey of two young men as they represent their community on a fateful mission in America.

Special Guest: Director Ryan S. Porush will attend the screening.

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Thursday, October 31
 
King Bibi King Bibi

King Bibi charts the ascent of Israel's media-savvy prime minister. This potent portrayal reveals a controversial politician's instinct for seizing power through the art of communication.

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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Explore the remarkable man behind the prestigious prizes. A Jewish immigrant from Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer began as a gifted journalist before becoming a successful publisher and businessman.

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Echo Echo

Suspecting that his wife is cheating on him, a man heads down a rabbit hole of extreme measures, in this sophisticated, gripping psychological drama.

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Saturday, November 2
 
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

This love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen, follows their relationship from their early days on Hydra to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.

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Leona Leona

A young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love, in this journey of discovery and self-determination.

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Sunday, November 3
 
The Tobacconist The Tobacconist

A young man journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship.

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Sneak Premiere
Golda
Golda

Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras recorded an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel.

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My Polish Honeymoon My Polish Honeymoon

This romantic comedy looks at the joys and pains that a recently-married Parisian Jewish couple of Polish heritage experience while learning about their family history.

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West Coast Premiere
Shai K.
Shai K.

The untold story of Shaike Ophir, one of the greatest Israeli actors of all time. Known as the "Israeli Charlie Chaplin", Ophir worked with Alfred Hitchcock and became a mega-star in Israel.

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Monday, November 4
 
The Accountant of Auschitz The Accountant of Auschwitz

The Accountant of Auschwitz reconstructs the controversial war crimes trial of one of the last living perpetrators of the Holocaust.

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93Queen 93Queen

93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

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South Bay Premiere
Family in Transition

Hannah Simpson
Hannah Simpson
Family in Transition

Packing an emotional punch with a unique perspective, Family in Transition charts the seismic changes in a close-knit Israeli family grappling with gender transition.

Special Guest: Come meet Hannah Simpson, a nationally-known writer and speaker on transgender identity intersected with Jewish faith.

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Tuesday, November 5
 
You Only Die Twice You Only Die Twice

This detective story set in the Alps revolves around the former President of the Jewish Community in Tyrol, Ernst Beschinsky. A man with this name dies twice—once in 1969, in Israel, and a second time in 1987, in Innsbruck. Who was he really?

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West Coast Premiere
The Day After I'm Gone
The Day After I'm Gone

A veterinarian living in Tel-Aviv is forced to re-examine his relationship with his adolescent daughter, after she wishes to end her life.

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PRESENTED IN MEMORY OF AMOS OZ.
Amos Oz - The Nature of Dreams
Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams

Experience the world as observed through the eyes of one of Isreal's greatest author's; a man of whom it has been said, knows Isreali society inside out, especially since he is an outsider himself.

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Wednesday, November 6
 
The Jewish Underground

The Jewish Underground - Shai Gal
Director Shai Gal

The Jewish Underground - Omri Assenheim
Omri Assenheim
The Jewish Underground

This political thriller explores the Shin Bet Security Service interrogation that led to the arrest of the Jewish Underground, an organization that operated in the early 1980's in the West Bank.

Special Guests: Director Shai Gal and Omri Assenheim

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Working Woman

Working Woman - Illana Shoshan-Diamant
Illana Shoshan-Diamant

Working Woman - Ann Ravel
Ann Ravel

CENTERPIECE SCREENING

Working Woman

An ambitious woman sacrifices her family life to prove herself to her new boss. But when flirting turns into harassment, she struggles to restore her sense of dignity and self-worth.

Special Guests: Illana Shoshan-Diamant and Ann Ravel.

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Thursday, November 7
 
Working Woman

Working Woman - Illana Shoshan-Diamant
Illana Shoshan-Diamant

Working Woman - Ann Ravel
Ann Ravel

CENTERPIECE SCREENING

Working Woman

An ambitious woman sacrifices her family life to prove herself to her new boss. But when flirting turns into harassment, she struggles to restore her sense of dignity and self-worth.

Special Guests: Illana Shoshan-Diamant and Ann Ravel.

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The Jewish Underground

The Jewish Underground - Shai Gal
Director Shai Gal

The Jewish Underground - Omri Assenheim
Omri Assenheim
The Jewish Underground

This political thriller explores the Shin Bet Security Service interrogation that led to the arrest of the Jewish Underground, an organization that operated in the early 1980's in the West Bank.

Special Guests: Director Shai Gal and Omri Assenheim will attend both showings.

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Friday, November 8
 
A Fortunate Man A Fortunate Man

A pastor's son hopes to wed into a wealthy Jewish family and find success in 19th century Copenhagen in this sweeping romance from Danish Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bille August.

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Saturday, November 9
 
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

This love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen, follows their relationship from their early days on Hydra to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.

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Abe

Abe
Director
Fernando Grostein Andrade
Abe

The son of an Israeli mother and a Palestinian father learns the art of cooking while searching for his identity amid one of the longest-running conflicts on our planet.

Special Guest: Director Fernando Grostein Andrade will attend the November 9 screening.

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Sunday, November 10
 
My Polish Honeymoon My Polish Honeymoon

This romantic comedy looks at the joys and pains that a recently-married Parisian Jewish couple of Polish heritage experience while learning about their family history.

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South Bay Premiere
Simon and Théodore
Simon and Théodore

Simon and Théodore follows the eccentric friendship between an emotionally troubled man and rebellious teen, two misfits seeking self-acceptance.

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Standing Up, Falling Down Standing Up, Falling Down

Scott, a stand-up comedian, returns to Long Island after striking out in Los Angeles and finds an unexpected connection with Marty (Billy Crystal), a local dermatologist. As their unlikely friendship evolves, Marty and Scott find the strength to start confronting their regrets.

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Sneak Premiere
Golda
Golda

Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras recorded an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel.

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Monday, November 11
 
93Queen 93Queen

93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

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Carl Laemmle Carl Laemmle

Explore the life of Carl Laemmle, the immigrant who founded Universal Pictures, and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany.

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The Unorthodox The Unorthodox

A Sephardic Jerusalem widower is incited to act when his daughter is expelled from a prestigious religious school just for her Sephardic ethnicity.

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Tuesday, November 12
 
The Accountant of Auschitz The Accountant of Auschwitz

The Accountant of Auschwitz reconstructs the controversial war crimes trial of one of the last living perpetrators of the Holocaust.

Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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King Bibi King Bibi

King Bibi charts the ascent of Israel's media-savvy prime minister. This potent portrayal reveals a controversial politician's instinct for seizing power through the art of communication.

Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Redemption Redemption

A father fights to save his gravely ill daughter and his own dreams of being a rock musician, in this poignant drama.

Tuesday, November 12, 8:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Wednesday, November 13
 
The Tobacconist The Tobacconist

A young man journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship.

Wednesday, November 13, 4:00 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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You Only Die Twice You Only Die Twice

This detective story set in the Alps revolves around the former President of the Jewish Community in Tyrol, Ernst Beschinsky. A man with this name dies twice—once in 1969, in Israel, and a second time in 1987, in Innsbruck. Who was he really?

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Shoelaces Shoelaces

Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy.

Wednesday, November 13, 8:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Thursday, November 14
 
The Spy Behind Home Plate The Spy Behind Home Plate

The true story of Moe Berg, major league baseball player turned spy. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII. Berg's improbable story is told with rare footage and revealing interviews.

Thursday, November 14, 4:00 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Explore the remarkable man behind the prestigious prizes. A Jewish immigrant from Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer began as a gifted journalist before becoming a successful publisher and businessman.

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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West Coast Premiere
The Day After I'm Gone
The Day After I'm Gone

A veterinarian living in Tel-Aviv is forced to re-examine his relationship with his adolescent daughter, after she wishes to end her life.

Thursday, November 14, 8:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Saturday, November 16
 
The Other Story The Other Story

Two rebellious young women cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem — with startling consequences — in this empowering drama.

Saturday, November 16, 6:00 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Leona Leona

A young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love, in this journey of discovery and self-determination.

Saturday, November 16, 8:30 PM
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose

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Sunday, November 17
 
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles - Michael Bernardi
Michael Bernardi

CLOSING NIGHT
SPECIAL SCREENING

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

The story of the Broadway sensation, Fiddler on the Roof, and its phenomenal impact around the world.

Special Guest: Actor Michael Bernardi.

Sunday, November 17, 6:30 PM
OFJCC, Palo Alto

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