Greek Film Fest

The 16th San Francisco Film Festival opens Sunday 20 August 2019 at the Castro Theatre with I Am Mackenzie directed by Artemis Anstasiadou (USA) 2019 and Olympia, a documentary directed by Harry Mavromichaelis (USA) 2018.


Life Will Smile directed by Drey Kleanthous (UK 2018); Her Job directed by Nikos Labôt (Greece) 2018; In This Land Nobody Knew How To Cry directed by Giorgos Panousopoulos (Greece 2018); and Cliffs Of Freedom directed by Van Ling (USA) 2919 will be shown at Delancey Street Screening Room.

Smuggling Hendrix directed by Marios Piperides (Cyprus) 2018 screens at Dolby Cinema.

For more info and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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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.


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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Making Music

On The Banks Of The Tigris directed by Marsha Emerman (Australia/Israel/Iraq) 2015 celebrates the collaborative nature of music composition and performance and its potential for healing.


When the narrator of this documentary, an Iraqi exile living in Australia, searches for the origins of the songs he loved during his childhood, he discovers many were written by Jewish composers, the majority of whom were persuaded or forced to move to Israel with the proviso that they never return to their homeland.

Majid Shakar not only uncovers the hidden heritage of the music but also searches for those intimately involved with it and brings musicians together to perform a concert in London to an appreciative crowd.

The film screens again 14 November 2015 at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles.

For more information contact Arab Film Festival.

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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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Family House

A Place Called Home directed by Maria Douza (Greece) 2013 explores the impact of historical events on a single Greek family.

Eleni, a successful physician and instructor at a London hospital, is married to a British banker whose only job option is in China after the failure of his UK firm.


Her father Kyriakos invites her to visit him in Northern Greece, hoping to convince her to support his plan to turn the family home into a hostel for immigrant children after his death.

When she arrives at the house, Eleni encounters a Serbian woman who’s taking care of her father. And she learns about the serious medical problems he’s been concealing from his daughter.

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival continues throughout this week at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107. More information is available at San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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