Year Round Screenings and Co-presentations

We co-present films at other festivals and screening series in an effort to let our audience know about Jewish-themed films presented in the Bay Area and because our organization and audience benefit from our collaborations with other festivals and cultural organizations. SFJFF has co-presented films at Berlin & Beyond, Film Arts Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, SF International Film Festival, CAAM Fest, SF International Latino Film Festival, and San Francisco Cinematheque, among others. We include information about co-presentations in our newsletter and on our website.



SFJFF WinterFest, Marin's "Best of the Fest" and More!

Following the success of the 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, SFJFF is excited to continue our commitment to the Bay Area Jewish Community by scheduling screenings and events year round. We are happy to announce a host of wonderful events coming up through the end of 2014 and into 2015, including a "Best of the Fest" screening at the Osher Marin JCC, SFJFF WinterFest, the "Fight for Your Right" Beastie Boys tribute event and co-presentations at other film festivals in the Bay Area. Be sure to attend an SFJFF affiliated event near you! 

 SFJFF Co-Presents 2 Films at the San Francisco International Film Festival, April 2015


A Borrowed Identity
Sunday, April 26 @ 5:45PM | Tuesday, April 28 @ 1:00PM | Thursday, April 30 @ 8:30PM
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas | Pacific Film Archive Theater


Dir. Eran Riklis | Israel/Germany/France, 2014, 104 min. 

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will co-present A BORROWED IDENTITY at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival. As the first Arab accepted to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem, young Eyad struggles between two antagonistic worlds to secure an identity and a purpose for himself. Along the way, he encounters cultural prejudice, personal compromise, first love and true friendship in this beautifully realized transitional story--adapted from Israeli-Arab author (SFJFF's 2010 Freedom of Expression Award recipient) Sayed Kashua's semi-autobiographical novel--tracing the already complicated journey from childhood to adulthood during an intense era of conflict in Israel's recent past. 


The Look Of Silence
Friday, April 24 @ 6:15PM | Sunday, April 26 @ 8:30PM
Landmark's Clay Theater | Pacific Film Archive Theater


Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer | Denmark/Indonesia/Norway/Finland, 2014, 99 min.

SFJFF will also co-present the human-rights documentary THE LOOK OF SILENCE at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, running April 23 - May 7. In this companion to THE ACT OF KILLING (2013), Joshua Oppenheimer widens his groundbreaking documentary examination of the political violence that roiled Indonesia in 1965. The film follows a gentle optometrist as he confronts perpetrators with their crimes—among them, the vicious murder of his brother. A startling and grave work sure to be discussed for years to come, THE LOOK OF SILENCE bears complex witness to the intolerable absence of truth and reconciliation.  

 SFJFF @ Osher Marin JCC "Best of the Fest"

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00PM

Dir. John Lollos | USA, 2014, 90 min
The lives of two beloved Jewish icons are woven together in this enchanting documentary: Sholem Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller, and Theodore Bikel, trobadour and actor, who has portrayed Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (based on Sholem Aleichem's stories) countless times. Bikel is joined by Alan Alda, Fyvush Finkel and Sholem Aleichem's 102-year-old granddaughter Bel Kaufman. 

Run Boy Run
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00PM

Dir. Pepe Danquart France, Germany, 2013, 108 min w/ English subtitles
Srulik is running for his life. Literally. His once happy family is now dead or dispersed following the Nazi occupation of Poland, and he is alone in the world. Based on a true story, Run Boy Run tells the harrowing tale of young Srulik as he struggles to evade capture by the Nazis and ward off starvation.  This Centerpiece Narrative of SFJFF34 tells a story comprised in equal measures of cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. 



The Sturgeon Queens
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00PM 

Dir. Julie Cohen USA, 2013, 54 min
What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morley Safer have in common? They each are passionate about their love for the smoked fish at Russ & Daughters. This venerable establishment has been around for 100 years, and in this humorous, heartfelt and mouthwatering documentary we meet the delightful 100-year-old and 92-year-old daughters of the store's name and the sturgeon queens of the title. Back by popular demand, come enjoy SFJFF 34's Berkeley Big Night film and pick up a DVD for sale on the way out for good measure. 


Havana Curveball
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00PM 

Dir. Ken Schneider USA, Cuba, 2013, 60 min w/ English subtitles 
What does it mean to become a man on the occasion of your bar mitzvah? Bay Area filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider (Return of Sarah's Daughters, SFJFF 1997) follow their thirteen-year-old Mica as he struggles to make good on his commitment to deliver baseball equipment to kids in Cuba. Part travelogue and part coming-of-age story, this film is a marvelously crafted tale that provides insights into the bizarre state of relations between the US and Cuba as well as the idealism of youth. With filmmaker guests in attendance.   











PAST Screenings

SFJFF @ JCC San Francisco

Ain't Misbehavin: A Marcel Ophuls Journey
Feb 21, 2015 | 2:00PM

SFJFF WinterFest 2015 @ the Roxie Theatre

Let's Go!
Jan 17, 2014 | 12:00PM


Yalom's Cure
Jan 17, 2014 | 1:50PM


The Decent One
Jan 17, 2014 | 4:00PM


Deli Man
Jan 17, 2014 | 6:00PM


Gett: The Trial of Vivane Amsalem
Jan 17, 2014 | 8:00PM


Life After Beth
Jan 17, 2014 | 10:25PM


SFJFF Nu Directions

Fight For Your Right: A Beastie Boys Tribute Night (With Live Music and Video Projections)
Dec 17, 2014 | 8:30PM-12:00AM
The Public Works SF


SFJFF Families @ The New Parkway Theater

The Prince of Egypt
Jan 26, 2014 | 12:30PM
The New Parkway Theater


The ZigZag Kid
Feb 23, 2014 | 12:30PM
The New Parkway Theater


March 23, 2014 | 12:30PM
The New Parkway Theater


Commie Camp
May 25, 2014 | 12:30PM
The New Parkway Theater


Mary and Max
June 22, 2014 | 12:30PM
The New Parkway Theater


SFJFF @ The Magnes

Portrait of Wally
May 1, 2014 | 7PM
The Magnes


Inside Envelopes
Feb 27, 2014 | 7PM
The Magnes


SFJFF @ Osher Marin JCC

American Jerusalem
Mar 11, 2014 | 7PM
Osher Marin JCC


50 Children: The Rescue of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus w/ The Real Inglorious Bastards
Feb 25, 2014 | 7PM
Osher Marin JCC 


Arab Labor 4
Feb 11, 2014 | 7PM
Osher Marin JCC



Hummus, Falafel and Brisket - Oh My!
Mar 9, 2014 | 1PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Winter Fest 2014

Daylong Screening Event of Five Critically-Acclaimed Films
Feb 23, 2014 | 12PM - 10pm
The Vogue Theater


Orchestra of Exiles

Film Screening
Dec 5 | 7PM
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


New Israeli TV

Film Screening
OCT 27 | 1PM
Arts & Ideas JCCSF


Fiddler on the Roof, with Topol in person

Film Screening
OCT 20 | 6PM
The Castro Theatre


Next Year in Bombay

Film Screening
OCT 3 | 7PM
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Under African Skies

Film Screening
MAY 13 | 7PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Swing Girls

Film Screening
May 2 | 7:00PM
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Jews & Money

Film Screening and Discussion
April 17 | 7:00PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Iraq N' Roll

Film Screening
April 8 | 7:00PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco



Film Screening
April 4 | 7:00PM
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Cabaret Berlin- The Wild Scene

Film Screening
Feb 25 | 7:00PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Starring David

Film Screening
June 28 | 9:00PM
Great Star Theater


Port of Last Resort

Film Screening
June 28 | 7:00PM
Great Star Theater



Film Screening
June 27 | 8:00PM
Great Star Theater


Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish

Film Screening
May 28 | 7:00PM


Menachem and Fred

Film Screening
April 19 | 6:00PM
Contemporary Jewish Museum


Miranda July

An Evening of Performance Art and Conversation with Peter Stein
Feb 25th | 8:00PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Adam Ressurected

Film Screening
Feb 23rd | 7:00PM
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany

A Conversation With Author Rudolph Herzog and Ari Kelman
Feb 1 | 7:00PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Sonny Boy

Film Screening
Jan 17 | 8:30PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center


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