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Press Release: Coming Soon to Berkeley: Year Round Programming from the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

From The Jewish Film Festival
Monday October 18, 2010 - 09:54:00 PM


Thursday, October 21 at 7:30PM 



Thursday, November 18 at 7:30PM 

Shelomo Selinger: Memoire de Pierre 


Thursday, December 9 at 7:30PM 

Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams  


This fall, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is extending its year round programming to ‘the other side’ of the Bay Bridge, with three independent Jewish-subject films at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay in Berkeley. These Berkeley screenings are scheduled in response to growing requests from SFJFF’s East Bay audience members. 

Films screening include the visually-stunning Czech film PROTEKTOR, Thursday, October 21 at 7:30PM; the moving portrait of an artist and survivor SHELOMO SELINGER: MEMOIRES DE PIERRE, Thursday, November 18 at 7:30PM; and a documentary about Israel’s most beloved writer AMOS OZ: THE NATURE OF DREAMS, Thursday, December 9 at 7:30PM. All films are presented at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay at 1414 Walnut Street in Berkeley, California. Tickets are $8.00 general admission and $6.00 for students, seniors, and Jewish Film Forum or JCC East Bay members. Tickets can be purchased either online at beginning the first of the month prior to the screening, or at the door day-of-show. For more information, call (510) 848-0237. 


First in the series is the stylized dramatic thriller PROTEKTOR (SFJFF 2010), from the Czech Republic. Marek Najbrt’s twisted love story is set against the backdrop of 1938 Prague. The film, which is in Czech with English subtitles, follows a man who seeks to protect his Jewish wife against discovery by the occupying Nazis, only to be subverted by his own weaknesses and desires. PROTEKTOR was the Czech Republic’s official submission for the foreign-language Academy Award in 2010. 


SHELOMO SELINGER: MEMOIRE DE PIERRE (2010) is a meditative portrait of the Parisian-based sculptor Shelomo Selinger, who survived unspeakable horrors at nine German death camps in World War II, overcame post-traumatic amnesia in his youth, and went onto channel his remaining memories into his sculpture work. We follow Selinger on his daily early-morning trek to his studio and watch as he furiously hammers slabs of stone and wood, shaping them into his signature representations of life, hope, and remembrance. SHELOMO SELINGER: MEMOIRE DE PIERRE is a portrait both of the artist and his craft, and of the healing power of the creative process. The film, directed by Alain Bellaïche, is in French with English subtitles. 


Another profile of an artist and his craft is AMOS OZ: THE NATURE OF DREAMS, which played at the 2010 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to a sold-out audience. AMOS OZ: THE NATURE OF DREAMS, directed by Masha Zur Glozman and Yonathan Zur, is an homage to Israel’s most acclaimed and celebrated novelist and thinker. This rich documentary, made after the publication of his hugely successful memoir A Tale of Love and Forgiveness, is a loving portrait of the literary artist and the complex web of his thoughts on Zionism and history and the “culture of doubt and argument.” The film, in German and Hebrew with English subtitles, makes apparent the wisdom and insight that makes Oz an authorative voice on all that concerns him. 



About the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival  

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the world's oldest and largest Jewish film festival, promotes awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the Jewish people, provides a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience, and encourages independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes. The SFJFF's signature summer Film Festival, year-round monthly screenings, youth mentorship program (New Jewish Filmmaking Project), publications, and online resources have made SFJFF a leader in the use of media arts to foster cultural understanding. Annually attracting more than 33,000 filmgoers, the SFJFF is world-renowned for the diversity and breadth of its audiences and films. 

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