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Baba Joon

Israel’s submission to the 2015 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film surprises in many ways. For starters, the screenplay is almost entirely in Farsi, not Hebrew. The semi-autobiographical feature film debut from writer/director Yuval Delshad depicts three generations in the Morgian family, Persian immigrants from Iran to Israel eking out a living as rural turkey farmers. Sensitive performances, gentle pacing and refreshing plot twists combine to weave a richly satisfying story. —Emily Kaiser Thelin
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 1:50 PM
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 8:20 PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 2:10 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 2:05 PM
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Seventeen-year-old Naama is thoroughly bored with her overbearing family and uneventful suburban school days. That is until bleached-blonde bad girl Dana shows up with her flirtatious smile and a bag of weed. But while Naama is both partying hard and falling hard for Dana, her sister goes missing, and the whole family is deeply rattled. Blush is a portrait of modern Israel through the eyes of the youth who are pushing the boundaries. —Alexis Whitman
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 8:50 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 8:55 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 8:20 PM
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False Flag

Not since Prisoners of War has there been such a provocative, nail-biting espionage thriller on Israeli TV. In False Flag five Israeli citizens wake up one morning to discover that they are suspects in the kidnapping of the Iranian minister of defense. The five become wanted and news coverage turns their world upside down. Their attempts to deny involvement are in vain. Even their loved ones question, could they be guilty? —Lexi Leban
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 8:30 PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 6:50 PM
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 6:30 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 6:30 PM
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In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Renowned chef Michael Solomonov explores a diverse world of food drawn from more than 100 cultures. Chefs, farmers, vintners, cheese makers and home cooks discuss their roots and show specialties that both preserve and update traditional recipes using global inspiration. Uniquely and lovingly prepared shakshuka, boreka, maqluba, couscous and a kugel that challenges expectations are just a few of the irresistible dishes featured. Warning: This movie will make you hungry!
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 3:50 PM
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 2:15 PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 12:00 PM
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 4:20 PM
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The award-winning writer and producer James Schamus (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain) crafts a poignant and faithful adaptation of Philip Roth’s Indignation as his directorial debut. Hailed by Roth himself as the best film adaptation of his work, Indignation is a moving portrait of Marcus Messner, the son of a Kosher butcher who sets off for college in 1950’s Ohio and finds his atheist self at odds with its Christian Midwestern culture. - Lexi Leban Screened at 2016 Sundance Film Festival
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 6:30 PM
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Jewish Canadian writer David Bezmozgis directs his acclaimed short story of forbidden teenage love between Mark, a Toronto slacker and his troubled Russian cousin by marriage. Bezmozgis’s highly provocative and deeply poignant coming-of-age drama features the extraordinarily measured performances of Alex Ozerov as Mark and newcomer Sasha K. Gordon as the sexually precocious Natasha, the dark star who forever alters Mark’s staid, suburban existence. —Thomas Logoreci
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 6:20 PM
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 7:50 PM
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 6:25 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 8:30 PM
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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Norman Lear wrote, produced, created, and developed more than a hundred television shows. His legendary body of work includes such iconic programs as: All in the Family; Maude; Good Times; The Jeffersons; and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Now about to turn 94, this Jewish World War II veteran is the focus of the documentary Norman Lear: Another Version of You and the author of an autobiography, Even This I Get to Experience. The Festival is honored to present this year’s Freedom of Expression Award to Norman Lear, the television pioneer and founder of the advocacy organization, People for the American Way, whose passionate, inspiring involvement may be needed now more than ever. —Lexi Leban Screened at Sundance 2016
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 3:15 PM
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 6:15 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 2:10 PM
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Origin of Violence

Nathan Fabre, a teacher in a French-German school, is working on his thesis about the French Resistance during World War II. During a research trip to Buchenwald, he finds a photo of a prisoner with an uncanny resemblance to his father. When his father ignores his queries, Nathan pursues the matter himself, and his research becomes much more than academic, complicated further by his romance with a young German woman. —Sara L. Rubin
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 6:30 PM
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 8:35 PM
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 9:20 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 6:30 PM
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The People Vs. Fritz Bauer

In late 1950s Germany attorney general Fritz Bauer (played by The White Ribbon’s lauded Burghart Klaussner) is intent on bringing the infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann to trial. This riveting historical thriller chronicles the hindrances and the potentially mortal dangers Bauer faces as a closeted gay Jewish lawyer working alongside men in the government who can bring criminals like Eichmann to justice but who ultimately have the power to conceal their own Nazi pasts. —Zoe Pollak Screened at Berlinale 2016
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 6:30 PM
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 6:15 PM
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 6:30 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 4:10 PM
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The Settlers

In a comprehensive and compelling retelling, award-winning Israeli filmmaker, Shimon Dotan (Smile of the Lamb, SJFFF 1986) traces with remarkable access the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank since Israel’s decisive victory in the 1967 Six Day War. Using archival footage of the religious zealots and interviews with a diverse range of modern-day settlers, Dotan weaves together the story that entangles the destinies of Israel and the Palestinian people. —Janis Plotkin Screened at Sundance Film Festival 2016
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 3:50 PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 4:15 PM
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 12:00 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 12:00 PM
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Shtisel: Season 2

Shtisel is a family melodrama that looks like Modern Family put on a kippah and went to Jerusalem. This melodrama returns to SFJFF for its second season. The critical and commercial success combines Haredi traditions and popular television tropes. Season 2 again follows the Shtisel clan as they navigate adolescence, engagement, sibling ties and death. Whether for romantic, religious or family reasons, Shtisel appeals to fans of love across all ages. —Maya Lekach
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:05 PM
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 2:20 PM
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 4:20 PM
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 2:10 PM
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The Tenth Man

Ariel lives in New York, far from the lively Jewish district in Buenos Aires where he grew up. But when his father summons him back home for help, Ariel reluctantly returns. The Tenth Man is a kindhearted comedy with a gentle romantic touch. Director Daniel Burman (All In, SFJFF 2012) joyfully upends the old adage that you can never go home again and instead says, maybe under the right circumstances, you can. —Jay Rosenblatt
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 6:30 PM
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 4:55 PM
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 6:30 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 6:25 PM
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Wrestling Jerusalem

Writer/actor Aaron Davidman takes us on a whirlwind journey that presents competing narratives of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He gracefully embodies 17 characters, moving deftly from male to female, Palestinian to Israeli, American to European. Davidman’s ability to empathize makes him an excellent tour guide. Masterfully shot backstage during a live performance, and in the desert, the film conjures cafes, buses and settlements as well as the deeply human stories they contain. —Stephanie Rapp
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 6:20 PM
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 6:30 PM
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 3:55 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 4:15 PM
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The Writer

Critically acclaimed Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua (hit TV series Arab Labor, SFJFF 2008–13), delivers a masterfully nuanced dramatic series about Kateb, a 40-year-old Israel Arab writer, who, like Amjad, the protagonist of Arab Labor, is living in Israel and struggling with an identity crisis. Kateb (like Kashua in real life) faces the challenge of growing creatively in Israeli society, which sometimes has preconceived notions about even its most talented Palestinian writer. —Nancy K. Fishman
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 4:30 PM
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 5:30 PM
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 6:15 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 12:15 PM
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