Radical Times

The Young Karl Marx directed by Raoul Peck (France/Germany/Belgium) 2017 is a follow-up work to I Am Not Your Negro.

This narrative feature deals with the collaboration between the youthful Marx and Engels during a troubling period of history.

Even though the two men come from different backgrounds, they share a deep antipathy toward the abusive power exercised by the ruling class.

While their writings and organizing efforts influenced many of the changes that followed, the social revolution they desired has yet to occur.

The film will screen a final time Saturday 5 August 2017 at the Smith Rafael in San Rafael during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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Athens Beat

Two films reflect the current social and economic crises in Greece. Kipseli directed by Yannis Katsaboulas (Greece 2011) is a short about a young couple’s search for a stolen mobile phone in a busy Athens neighborhood.


What If… directed by Christoforos Papakaliatis (Greece) 2012, is a box office hit in Greece but may get little exposure abroad aside from festival screenings. It deserves a much wider audience. It’s a love story that follows the fate of a man, a woman, and a dog.

It begins one night with Dimitris and his canine companion, Lonesome. Will he or will he not take the dog for a walk? The film follows two possible consequences of that single decision. Romance, laughter, tears, and other more difficult situations reveal themselves over time as the characters move forward on two parallel tracks.

It was the perfect closing-night narrative feature for the 2013 San Francisco Greek Film Festival. The director, who also wrote the screenplay and played Dimitris, answered a few questions during the short Q and A following the screening.

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