This year’s Jewish Film Fest deals with refugees, music, romance, and yes, genocide

This year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival focuses considerably on the traditional command of tikkun olam (healing the world). Several of the films have little or nothing to do with Judaism, but they are very much about justice, charity, freedom, and cleaning the planet - all parts of tikkun olam. But not all. The festival … Continue reading This year’s Jewish Film Fest deals with refugees, music, romance, and yes, genocide

San Francisco portion of Jewish Festival ends with Mr. Spock

Sunday night I attended the last screening at the Castro Theatre for this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. The festival itself will continue in other Bay Area locations. The film was For The Love of Spock, Adam Nimoy's loving tribute to his father, Leonard, and the character that made his father famous. Adam Nimoy, … Continue reading San Francisco portion of Jewish Festival ends with Mr. Spock

Sunday Docs at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

I went to the Castro Sunday afternoon to catch two documentaries screening at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. It wasn't until Monday before I realized what they had in common. Both centered on a very old person. A German Life Brunhilde Pomsel, 103 when she was interviewed for this film, worked as a secretary … Continue reading Sunday Docs at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Jewish Film Festival Preview, Part 1

Here are four films I've already seen that are coming to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. A Indignation Already screened at San Francisco International Film Festival. Most coming of age movies are essentially optimistic. You know that the protagonist will come out alright. But in Indignation, you slowly begin to realize that, in the … Continue reading Jewish Film Festival Preview, Part 1

The SF Jewish Film Festival turns 36 (double chai)

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival turns 36 this year with 68 films (more than 50 of them features) from 16 countries. The films and presentations include comedies from Argentina and California, several coming-of-age dramas--including one about an Iranian family in Israel, a new TV series from the creator of Arab Labor, a Freedom of … Continue reading The SF Jewish Film Festival turns 36 (double chai)

Sons wrestle with their past in What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

B+ Documentary Written by Philippe Sands Directed by David Evans How do you go through life with the knowledge that your father, arguably your loving father, was a mass murderer? This unsettling documentary offers two reactions: You can denounce your father for the monster that he was, or you can live in denial. This troubling … Continue reading Sons wrestle with their past in What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy