New Beginning

Xamou directed by Clio Fanouraki (Greece) 2017 reveals some of the hidden charms of Crete.

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As manager of a luxury hotel, Jonny is accustomed to a world of privilege. His ex wife and three children rely on him for financial support.

His sudden termination, after the sale of the hotel chain and a reshuffle of executive positions, leaves him emotionally adrift. He still dresses daily in suit and tie, but aside from efforts to find new employment, his waking hours are consumed by online gambling.

However, his life slowly changes from the moment his girlfriend coaxes him outside into the sunlight and his subsequent interaction with local people on the island.

Only two more days remain of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival. While closing night is already sold out, tickets are still available for Friday 19 October 2018.

More information at wwwgrfilm.com

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Free Spirit

Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France was certainly a highlight of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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The title is also the name of its main character, who sings during the titles and both sings and dances at various times throughout the film.

What the film lacks in pure cinematic technique is more than made up for through its generous portrayal of human life in difficult times.

Djam is a young, attractive, street-wise woman able to meet most of the challenges during her journey from the Greek island of Lesvos to Istanbul and back. Entrusted to accomplish a mission she’s quite capable of completing.

The film is hopeful and celebratory despite terrible conditions in this dark era.

The festival continues through the end of this week.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival at www.grfilm.com.

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Arab Films

The 22nd San Francisco Arab Film Festival screens 12 – 21 October 2018.

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This year’s opening night film is Heaven Without People directed by Lucien Bourjeily (2017) Lebanon.

Subsequent narrative and documentary features will screen at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the New Parkway in Oakland.

The festival includes work from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and the US.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film And Media Institute.

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Greek Films

The 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival runs from 12 – 21 October 2018.

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Opening night this year will be at Lucas Film in the Presidio and closing night at Dolby Cinema on Market and Ninth Streets. All other films will be shown at Delancy Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero Street, San Francisco.

I look forward to seeing Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France, Xanou directed by Clio Fanouraki (2016) Greece, Jamaica directed by Andreas Morfonios (2017) Greece, and Polyxeni directed by Dora Masklavanou (2017) Greece.

Contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival for more information and tickets.

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Gallic Parenting

Journalist Pamela Druckerman isn’t sure she likes living in Paris, but after the arrival of her first child notices distinct differences between French and American parenting styles and outcomes.

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Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, 2012, delves deep into the success of French parenting.

Why newborns sleep though the night without waking their parents. How they learn to eat a wide variety of food. Are able to amuse themselves without demanding constant adult supervision. And the remarkable ease in which both children and parents maintain harmonious relationships in public venues.

Druckerman’s cross-cultural research includes both personal interviews with American, British, and French mothers as well as conversations with experts in various related fields.

I was intrigued by the book when it first came out but wasn’t provided with a review copy by the publisher. However, after my son and daughter-in-law announced they were expecting twins, I was convinced it was relevant reading material for me and them.

Bringing Up Bébé is a definite resource guide for would-be parents.

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Personal Invite

Wajib directed by Annemarie Jacir (2017) Palestine offers a glimpse of Christian Arab daily life in Israel.

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Shadi, a young Palestinian living in Italy, returns home to Bethlehem to help with preparations for his sister’s wedding.

He accompanies his father to deliver all the invitations by hand. Their interactions as they drive from house to house reveal some of their personal differences and their subsequent visits with friends and family only highlight the issues that divide them.

Perhaps the most difficult obstacle to overcome is the stark contrast between those who still live as part of a minority in the place their ancestors have lived for generations and those who chose or were forced to live somewhere else.

Wajib screens again Friday 3 August 2018 at Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael and Saturday 4 August 2018 at Piedmont Theatre, Oakland during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38.

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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SFJFF38

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38 opens 19 July 2018.

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Venues include the Castro Theatre, San Francisco; Cinéarts, Palo Alto, Albany Twin, Albany; Piedmont Theatre, Oakland; and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

Feature films include: The Sign For Love, Wajib, Scaffolding, Promise At Dawn, Simon & Theodore, and The Last Suit.

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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