Landmark Legislation

The Law directed by Christian Faure (France) 2015 dramatizes the French struggle to legalize abortion.

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The Gaullist Minister of Health, Simone Veil, is the key figure in the groundbreaking campaign to establish a safe procedure for ending unwanted pregnancies.

Success depends on a number of factors including s delicate balance of all parties and individuals involved. The stance of the Church and the medical establishment must be reconciled with the demands of Leftists politicians.

Harsh criticism from opponents fueled by emotionally charged arguments threatens to defeat the proposal.

The film screens a final time Sunday 9 August 2015 at the Lakeside Theatre in Oakland during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Finding Meaning

Mr. Kaplan directed by Alvaro Brechner (Uruguay, Germany, Spain) 2014 is about a man nearing the end of life.

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Despite the grand expectations alluded to during his bar mitzvah decades earlier he considers himself a failure.

However, a remark by his youngest child inspires him to undertake a bold, heroic mission he believes will redeem his reputation in society.

The man he chooses to help him is a different kind of failure. Their joint venture is extremely serious but includes plenty of comic blunders.

It screens a final time Friday 7 August 2015 at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael as part of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Beach Rendezvous

Three Auschwitz survivors meet again in a French beach town in A La Vie directed by Jean-Jacque Zibermann (France) 2014.

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Despite overcoming a horrendous experience the women manage to move forward with their lives. Friendship with one another and the brief leisure time they share allows them to renew a zest for life.

The film screens again Friday night 7 August 2015 at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and Saturday evening 8 August 2015 at the Lakeside Theatre in Oakland during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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City Edge

Papa Was Not A Rolling Stone directed by Sylvie Ohayon (France) 2014 is an autobiographical coming–of-age narrative feature.

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It’s set in a suburb outside of Paris where the poor, immigrants, and other marginal populations are warehoused in large, ugly, neglected, high-rise buildings. Typical of the neighborhood where youths rioted a decade ago.

Stephanie, is a bright, talented teenager who lives with her neurotic mother and abusive stepfather.

Despite tremendous odds she’s determined to escape her circumstances in order to build a better future for herself.

The film screens again at the California Theatre in Berkeley Tuesday night 4 August 2015 and the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael Sunday evening 9 August 2015 as San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35 moves outside of San Francisco.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Mismatched Pair

My Shortest Love Affair directed by Karin Albou (France) 2015 is about unlikely lovers.

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A recently widowed woman and her unattached former paramour reunite after two decades. But what was endearing at twenty is irritating at forty.

Their life together is a series of comic clashes both in and out of bed. They struggle to compromise, separate, and come together again.

The film plays again Monday night 3 August 2015 at the California Theatre in Berkeley and Saturday evening 8 August 2015 at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Women Work

Partner With The Enemy directed by Duki Dror and Chen Shelach (Israel) 2015 documents the partnership of two women in the shipping business who set out to overcome the obstacles to cargo transport through Israeli ports to and from Palestine.

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Anat and her family live in a kibbutz while Rola and her’s are in Ramallah. Their early success helps bring in new clients but increased hostilities in the region threaten to destroy the joint venture.

The full-length feature was preceded by Women In Sink, a short documentary in a Haifa hair salon.

The program will be repeated once more Friday afternoon 7 August 2015 at the Lakeside Theater in Oakland during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Class Challenge

Once In A Lifetime directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (France) 2014 is a powerful film about hope and transformation.

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The drama is based on a true story about a teacher who loves her work and challenges her students to perform beyond expectations. She is able to bring out the best in them despite their reputation as an unruly collection of misfits from a poor Paris suburb.

Even though many of them are Muslim, she suggests they enter an annual essay contest about the Holocaust, working together to find out what happened to children during that horrendous time.

The film will screen two more times during the 2015 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Saturday afternoon 1 August 2015 at the California Theatre in Berkeley and Sunday afternoon 9 August 2015 at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

For more information and tickets contact: Jewish Film Institute.

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