Tue, November 5, 2019, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The 24th Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival presents an exceptional selection of international and award-winning films, including the Bay Area premiere of “Sustainable Nation” – a compelling documentary on water technology, and the revival of the legendary “Fiddler on the Roof.” It is a celebration of culture, history, identity, and art. The 2019 series includes a fascinating bio-pic of a soccer legend, a short film series celebrating Christmas music, and it concludes with Abe, starring Noah Schnapp, the story of a half Jewish, half Muslim 12 year-old who happens to be a serious foodie, living in Brooklyn, and grappling with his warring family.
The Keeper (Drama) – Thursday, October 10 – winner of Best Production (Bavarian Film Awards) and Audience Award (SFJFF) – the true story of Bert Trautmann, the decorated German SS Soldier and POW who became one of Britain’s all-time soccer legends. The film raises tough questions about forgiveness and the power of sports to unite.
Sustainable Nation (Documentary) – Thursday, October 17 – BAY AREA PREMIERE – follow three Israeli scientists on the cutting edge of water technology as they provide innovative solutions to dire problems in Uganda, India, and an almond farm in California’s Central Valley. Accompanied by a short film, and followed by a panel talk with experts and Q & A.
Bye Bye Germany (Comic Drama) – Wednesday, October 23 – In 1946 David and his friends have escaped the Nazis, but they need money to go to America. The smooth-talking tricksters sell Germans what they “must” need most: fine linens wrapped in amusing stories. But David has a darker past. A film about humor in the face of overwhelming odds.
Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas: A Short Film Series – Tuesday, October 29 – An exciting collection of films linked by the relationship Jews have with the non-Jewish world. The full-length program features multiple award-winners, including inspiring documentaries, a comedy of errors, an experimental film, and an animated Academy Award nominee.
Fiddler on the Roof – SING ALONG – Tuesday, November 5 – with live music, trivia, and a costume contest!
Abe (Comedy) – Tuesday, November 12 – Avid foodie and inventive cook, 12-year-old Abe (Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things) is half Jewish-Israeli and half Muslim-Palestinian. He navigates his family conflicts with the guidance of a Brazilian chef (Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). The power of food to unite people, and a feast for the senses.
Films screen at 1 pm and 7 pm.
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