JCC Sonoma County Presents the 5th Annual
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We have decided to postpone the remainder of the 2020 Israeli Film Festival. Your health and safety are our primary concern. Announcements coming soon!
We are committed to producing the finest film programming, and we will adjust in order to prioritize public health and safety in line with government advisories. The films will be rescheduled, and more information will be forthcoming as we have it available. This unprecedented situation necessitates all of us be flexible. Your tickets will be honored at the newly scheduled event.
We are working from home and appreciate your understanding if some correspondences are delayed.
Our hearts are with the community, and we endeavor to stay in touch with you as best we can. Take care of yourselves, and stay safe. Thank you for your understanding.
COMMUNITY SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
- Keep yourself healthy – wash your hands frequently and vigorously with soap for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice), especially after touching public surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing – use a tissue or into your elbow ("vampire style"), throw tissues in a bin and immediately wash hands.
- Minimize close contact and touching, no hand shaking or hugging. We suggest a Vulcan salute!
- Clean any surface that is touched often, such as countertops or door handles.
- Keep others healthy – If you or members of your household have a fever and flu-like symptoms, please stay at home, and seek your health care provider.
- Limit close contact with those who are sick.
2020 FILMS - TO BE RESCHEDULED
TEL AVIV ON FIRE
His uncle hands young Palestinian Salam an assistant job on the soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire.” When he is suddenly stopped on his daily commute to work at an Israeli military checkpoint, he pretends to be the screenwriter to get through. But the tough officer Assi - whose wife loves the show - has a few storyline ideas of his own. Salam is trapped in a hilarious and impossible situation. With a shared love of stories, soaps, and hummus, this delicious film walks the fine comedic line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Winner of Best Film at the Venice Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Ophir Academy Awards.
Comedy, 2019, Israel/Luxembourg/France, 96 min, Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles
THE OTHER STORY
Rebellious Anat flees the chaos of her secular upbringing for the discipline and comfort of Hassidic life. Engaged to marry her now-religious, formerly wild-and-crazy pop star boyfriend, her family is determined to stop the marriage and lure her away from orthodoxy. Sari wants to leave behind her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom. When Anat and Sari cross paths, it changes their lives in startling ways. This moving film artfully weaves captivating stories about the complex diversity of Israeli Jewish life.
Based on a true story.
Drama, 2018, Israel, 112 min, Hebrew with English Subtitles
LOVE IN SUSPENDERS
When feisty and absent-minded widow Tami hits gruff widower Beno with her car, the last thing on her mind is romance. Warned by her attorney son, Tami tries to ensure Beno will not sue her by inviting him to her luxury apartment in a retirement community. They discover their shared heartache over losing their spouses, (Tami still has very real conversations with her dead husband’s ghost), and though their offspring and nosy neighbors try to interfere, opposites attract in this heartwarming comedy that celebrates the right to love and be loved at any age.
Romantic Comedy, Israel, 2019, 102 min, Hebrew with English subtitles
FLAWLESS - Bay Area Premiere
Tuesday, March 3, 1 pm and 7 pm
Eden is seventeen and has a deeply held secret. An outcast at her new high school, Eden discovers that her only two friends have been lured into a dangerous plot to sell their organs to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. Believing she has found the answer to her prayers, she joins them on an international adventure. When their trip does not go as planned, the friends must come to terms with their prejudices and redefine their identities. The film’s star, Stav Strashko, was the first transgender woman nominated for the Best Actress Ophir Academy Award.
Winner of 3 Ophir Academy Awards. POST SHOW PANEL FOLLOWING THE 7 PM SCREENING.
LGBTQ/Coming of Age Drama, Israel, 97 minutes. Hebrew with English subtitles