Jewish Film Festival 2017
22nd annual JCC Sonoma County's Jewish Film Festival
Welcome to the 22nd JCC Sonoma County
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The JCC Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival is here again. Join us for a great crop of Jewish themed films from around the world.
Film is a unique art form that brings us experiences from other times and places, otherwise not available to us in such a vivid, immersive and deep way. So let us all soak in the experience, and broaden our horizons together. And most importantly, Enjoy!
Season passes and and individual ticket, PLUS the separate Special Event.
Buy a season pass and come to all 6 films, for a reduced price and lower processing fees.
The special event tickets are not included in the season pass and need to be purchased separately.
Special Event - Music Lovers Alert!
Film + Live Concert + Sweet Reception
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
One Show Only!
On the Banks of the Tigris
Discover this hidden story of Iraqi music. Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian from a Muslim background, is on a quest to reveal the untold Jewish role in popular Iraqi music. The film follows Majid’s bold journey from Australia to Israel, Europe and Iraq, to meet Iraqi musicians of all faiths - Jewish, Muslim and Christian - and to unite them in a concert where music and culture transcend religion and politics"
Documentary, Australia, 2015, 79 min. English, Arabic w/ English Subtitles.
Don’t be left wanting more! Join us after the film for a live concert with The Qadim Ensemble, with music from the Middle East, including Iraqi songs.
A reception of Iraqi sweets and mint tea by the Sonoma Wine Shop will follow the concert in the theater lobby.
Underwritten by Marlene and Martin Stein
These tickets must be purchased separately.
Long Story: Short Films
Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Chop: A kosher butcher finds himself working at a Muslim Halal shop.
Women in Sink: Arab and Jewish women share their views on politics, history, and love while getting their hair shampooed.
Dear God: A guard sets out to fulfill the wishes of a mysterious woman who leaves notes in the Wailing Wall.
Ave Maria: Oscar nominee 2016. Israeli settlers crash their car into a convent, disrupting the silent nuns.
Wannabe: A neurotic Jewish boy must win over his crush by impressing her skeptical Jamaican family.
Short films program, UK/US/Israel/France/Palestine, 95 min. English or w/ English Subtitles
Underwritten by Irit and Ernie Weir – Hagafen Cellars
Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Post-war Hungary. What happens when two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes, as the locals are preparing for a wedding? Some villagers fear the men might be heirs of the deported Jews, and worry that more survivors will come and pose a threat to their ill-gotten gains, while others feel remorse. Their world is turned upside down. One of the most beautiful films you’ll see all year, 1945 poses questions and exposes emotions with subtlety and intricacy rarely shown in cinema.
Drama, Hungary, 2016, 87 min. Hungarian w/ English subtitles
Underwritten by Alan Hyman - The Pawn Advantage Stores
Sabena Hijacking: My Version
Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
In 1972, hijackers took control of Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv, kicking off thirty nerve-wracking hours of human, military and political drama. The film poses significant questions, with a cinematic re-enactment interwoven with archival material and exclusive interviews with three Israeli Prime Ministers who were part of the rescue effort, and one of the hijackers. Post film discussion with Dr. Ziv Rubinovitz, Israel Institute Teaching Fellow, Sonoma State University.
Docudrama, Israel, 2015, 100 min. Arabic/English/Hebrew/ French w/ English Subtitles
Underwritten by Gordon Zlot of KJZY, KZST, KWVF, KBBL radio
Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
A romping, multi-culti romantic comedy, that deals with the clash of generations, religions, and cultures in a playful, witty way. Two young men, David and Khaled, want to get married. Should be easy, but how smoothly will it go when it involves a homophobic Arab father, a pseudo-orthodox Jewish mother, and an unexpected pregnancy? Many things need to be set straight (no pun intended) before they can exchange their vows and live happily ever after.
Romantic Comedy, Germany, 85 min. German w/ English Subtitles
Underwritten by Terry and Russ Gurevitch
This was supposed to be the opening film of the festival, but due to the fire got pushed back.
NEW DATE: Tuesday, December 5, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Take the archetypal, biblical story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, place it in today’s world and you get a completely modern, relatable story. Set in the Jerusalem Philharmonic, the film gently uncovers the mythological triangle, the mothers’ bond, the rival prodigy, and the patriarchal conductor, illuminating the emotional roots of this ancient conflict. Harmonia is spiced with beautiful music organically woven into the narrative, with gorgeous, award-winning cinematography.
Drama, Israel, 2016 98 min. Hebrew/Arabic w/ English Subtitles
Underwritten by Sandy Smith and Jerry Terhune
Ellen Blustein the JCC ED, and Doron Hovav the JCC Jewish Film Festival program director went on KRCB-FM: Sonoma Spotlight with Roland Jacopetti to tell you about the opening film: Harmonia.
If you missed it on the radio, you can take 5 minutes and listen to it online on KRCB's podcast.
Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The winner of over 22 audience awards, Fanny’s Journey is uplifting entertainment for all ages. Based on an autobiographical novel by Fanny Ben-Ami, we see the story of a brave, resourceful young girl who is entrusted with the fate of a small band of children, fearlessly leading them through the Nazi-occupied French countryside on a perilous mission to reach the Swiss border. Impressive period details and fine camera work brings history alive for oldsters and youngster, alike.
Drama, France, 2016, 94 min. French w/ English Subtitles
Underwritten by Berni Wergeles Baxter
All screenings will be held at Rialto Cinemas:
6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol
The theater is wheelchair accessible.
Call Doron Hovav at (707) 526-5538 to reserve a wheelchair spot.
Season Passes plus Special Event on sale by September 8.
Individual ticket sales by September 15.
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Tickets & additional information: (707) 528-4222
Here you can find a digital version of our brochure
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We would like to thank ALL the sponsors who make this festival possible for all of us.