Arab Film Fest 20

The twentieth annual Arab Film Festival opens soon in five California cities.

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San Francisco 7 – 11 October 2016, Oakland 12 – 14 October 2016, Berkeley 15 – 16 October 2016, Los Angeles 21 – 23 October 2016, and San Diego 27 – 30 October 2016.

Clash directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt) 2016 is the opening night film at the Castro Theatre. It will be preceded by a reception and followed by a party at Mercer featuring DJ Emancapacion. Subsequent San Francisco screenings will be at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Very Big Shot directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya (Lebanon) 2015 is the opening night film at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles. Iraqi Odyssey is the opening film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

This year’s festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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It’s Complicated!

Family relationships can be difficult even in the best of times and adoptions present an added complexity to the situation.

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Wars disrupt the daily lives of everyone involved and this was especially true during World War II in Central Europe where millions of civilians were targeted for extermination.

Holocaust survivors were left with deep psychic scars that affected them throughout their lives.

Aida’s Secrets directed by Alon and Shaul Schwarz (Israel/United States/Germany/Canada) 2016 unveils a fascinating trail of secrets and lies.

The main part of the story involves the search and meeting for a brother whose very existence was kept secret from an adoptee for over sixty years. But this is only the beginning of a broader investigation to piece together the details of a truly complicated mystery.

The film screens again at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36 Friday 5 August 2016 at the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland.

For more information and tickets check the Jewish Film Institute.

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Jewish & Gay

At the start of the HIV/AIDS pandemic 35 years ago, a positive diagnosis was a death sentence. Closeted gay men coming out to their families for the first time both as homosexual and infected with the dreaded virus often faced rejection from parents and died without parental understanding and comfort.

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Neither homophobia nor the disease has been entirely vanquished but society has adjusted somewhat to the existence of homosexuality and an extremely serious illness.

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? directed by Tomer and Barak Heymann (Israel/UK) 2015 is a documentary about a 39-year old, gay Israeli living in London who’s estranged from his religious family back home. He must come to terms with himself as well as bridge the gap between him and his family.

The film will screen three times during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36: Sunday 24 July 2016 at the CinEearts in Palo Alto, Saturday 30 July 2016 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and 31 July 2016 at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley.

More information and tickets available at Jewish Film Institute.

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Shared Dish

Hummus! The Movie directed by Oren Rosenfeld (USA/Israel) 2015 documents a popular Middle Eastern spread.

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Chickpeas (garbanzos) and tahini are the basic ingredients for a dish that probably originated in Egypt. But the Lebanese have strong claims to it.

It’s increasingly appreciated by people from the three major religious faiths in the area and increasingly enjoyed by a very diverse group of both locals and tourists.

Hummus has become an all consuming activity for a widow who took over her late husband’s restaurant, a religious calling for a spiritual seeker, and an adventure for someone unsatisfied with the established business passed on to him by his father.

The documentary hops around from one town to another in its quest for the culinary treat.

The film will be screened three times during the upcoming San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Cinéarts, Palo Alto Square Saturday 23 July 2016, Castro Theatre, San Francisco Sunday 24 July 2016, and Piedmont Theatre, Oakland Friday 5 August 2016.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more info and tickets.

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Lonely Hearts

A young, fiercely independent, autistic woman is the main character in Wedding Doll directed by Nitzan Gilady (Israel) 2015.

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She works in a small paper factory and designs dresses as well as makes dolls in her spare time. Hagit dreams of marrying some day and is courted by the factory owner’s son.

Her mother’s life revolves around the care and protection of Hagit. Her own needs and desires frequently deferred.

The impending closure of the factory changes everything. Difficult choices must be made and challenges overcome in this haunting, yet touching story.

The film opened 1 July 2016 at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and the Roxie in San Francisco. It screens 27 July 2016 at the Embassy of Israel/Avalon in Washington and 1 November 2016 at the Chicago Israel FF in Highland Park, IL.

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Frameline 40

The premier international LGBTQ film festival turns forty this year. Opening night is 16 June 2016 in the legendary Castro Theatre in the heart of San Francisco.

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There are ten films originating from four Mediterranean countries. France: Being 17; Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo; and Summertime. Israel: One Last Night and Who’s Going To Love Me Now? Italy: Arianna; Irrawaddy Mon Amour; and Me, Myself And Her. Spain: Girl Gets Girl and Victor XX.

For more information and tickets contact www.frameline.org.

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SFIFF 59

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 21 April to 5 May 2016 at six Bay Area venues.

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France: The Apostate, As I Open My Eyes, Blood Of My Blood, Cowboys, Dead Slow Ahead, The Dream Of Bottom, The Innocents, Journey To The Shore, Love & Friendship, Microbe And Gasoline, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, Nephtali, No Home Movie, Phantom Boy, Suite Armoricaine, Welcome To My Life, The White Knights, Winter Song, and A Young Patriot.

Israel: Mountain, Mr. Gaga, and Presenting Princess Shaw.

Lebanon: Abu Ammar Is Coming and Very Big Shot.

Spain: The Apostate, Dead Slow Ahead, and Night Without Distance.

Turkey: Frenzy and Sept-Oct 2015 Cizne.

Also: Chevalier (Greece), Blood Of My Blood (Italy), False Start (Morocco), and As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia).

The San Francisco venues are Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, Castro Theatre, Gray Area, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre. Plus the new BAMPFA in Berkeley.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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