War Cry

Testament Of Youth directed by James Kent (UK) 20015 is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain. It’s an engaging historical drama that reveals the courage and tenacity of its narrator and exposes the savage brutality of a pivotal event in time.



It primarily focuses on upper middle class society, an elegant home in a bucolic setting, the comradery of young men and women who dream of making their mark in the world. Their good intentions betrayed by forces beyond their control.

Unfortunately those who set the course for a conflagration that cost the lives of many on both sides of the conflict evidently cared little for the consequences of their decisions. The Great War was the prelude for even greater disasters involving people throughout the Mediterranean.

The film opens in the Bay Area 12 June 2015 at the Landmark Clay Theatre and Century 9 in San Francisco. 19 June 2015 it opens at the Albany Twin in Albany, Guild in Menlo Park, Century 16 in Pleasant Hill, and Regency Cinema Six in San Rafael.

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Olive Branch

A downed Israeli pilot and a young Palestinian boy become unlikely traveling companions at the prelude of the 1982 war in Lebanon. Zaytoun directed by Eran Riklis (UK/Israel) 2012 deals with the harsh realities of the continuing conflict in the Middle East with compassion and a flickering glimmer of hope.


The word zaytoun means olive tree in Arabic and clarified for me the derivation of the Spanish word for olive, aceituna.

The film screens Saturday 12 October 2013 at the Sequoia and Sunday 13 October 2013 at the Rafael 2 during Mill Valley Film Festival. More information and tickets at the MVFF web site.

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