Jewish film at its best

by Alanna Berman, Michael Fox and Jessica Hanewinckel January 31, 2011


Get ready, film fans. The San Diego Jewish Film Festival is back for its 21st year, ready to wow all of San Diego with the best of contemporary Jewish filmmaking. This year, the fest takes place over an 11-day span (Feb. 10-20) and features more than 45 carefully selected short-subject, documentary and feature-length films from around the world that, true to their Jewish themes, celebrate life, human rights and freedom of expression.

In addition to film screenings, the fest offers opportunities to meet the actors, filmmakers and other VIPs whose opinions and commentary will add new dimensions to the films playing out on the big screen.

New this year is the addition of two North County theaters, making the film fest easily accessible to residents of all parts of the county. Thanks to generous funding by the Leichtag Family Foundation, the Carlsbad Village Theatre and the Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18 have joined Reading Cinemas Town Square 14 in Clairemont Mesa, UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center and the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in bringing Jewish films to San Diego.

“This year’s festival line-up has more West Coast and California premieres than ever before,” says Sandra Kraus, film festival producer.  “We are also excited about our North County film screenings.  The past two years have proven that the North County patrons want the Jewish Film Festival in their neighborhood.  The theaters have been filled to capacity.”

In addition to general screening, the festival also has several special evenings planned for specific audiences, including young adults, teens and parents with babies.

Single ticket prices for most films are $11.25 for JCC members and $13.25 for non-members; opening and closing night films are $13.25-$15.25, and Joyce Forum Shorts are free.  Festival passes, senior and student discounts, and group rate discounts are available.  For tickets or more information call (858) 362-1348 or visit


21stAnnual San Diego Jewish Film Festival


Joy F. Knapp Presentations

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego

Thursday, Feb. 10

7 p.m. — “Berlin 36”

Saturday, Feb. 12

6:20 p.m. — “Anita”

8:15 p.m. — “The Yankles”

8:30 p.m. — “Army of Crime”

Sunday, Feb. 13

1 p.m.­ — “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story”/“Seltzer Works”

3:30 p.m. — “Max Baer’s Last Right Hook”/“Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story”

7 p.m. — “Habermann”

7:30 p.m. — “Yes, Miss Commander!”/“1:0”

Monday, Feb. 14

3 p.m. — FREE SCREENING “Shorts in Winter”

5 p.m. — “Sam Ball, Work in Progress”

8 p.m. — “Over 90 and Loving It”

Tuesday, Feb. 15

5 p.m. — FREE SCREENING “Our Disappeared”

6 p.m. — TEEN SCREEN “An Article of Hope”/“Cohen on the Bridge: Rescue at Entebbe”

7:30 p.m. — “Arab Labor”

Wednesday, Feb. 16

5:30 p.m. — “Protektor”

7:30 p.m. — “In Search of Memory: The Neuroscientist Eric Kandel”

Thursday, Feb. 17

5:30 p.m. — “Visa al Paraiso”

8 p.m. — “The Matchmaker”

Saturday, Feb. 19

6:20 p.m. — “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray”

6:45 p.m. — “Wrong Side of the Bus”/“Paint What You Remember”

8:30 p.m. — “La Rafle”

Sunday, Feb. 20

11 a.m. — “The Yankles”

1 p.m. — “War Against the Weak”

3:30 p.m. — “An Article of Hope”/“Born to Fly”

4 p.m. — “Bride Flight”

8 p.m. — “Who Do You Love”


7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego

Saturday, Feb. 12

6:20 p.m. — “He’s My Girl”/“Sidney Turtlebaum”

8:30 p.m. — “La Rafle”

Sunday, Feb. 13

4 p.m. — “Berlin 36”

7:30 p.m. — “Protektor”


2822 State St., Carlsbad

Wednesday, Feb. 16

5:30 p.m. — “An Article of Hope”/“Cohen on the Bridge: Rescue at Entebbe”

7:30 p.m. — “Habermann”

Thursday, Feb. 17

5:30 p.m. — “A Small Act”

7:30 p.m. — “Bride Flight”


Lawrence Family JCC, Jacobs Family Campus

4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla

Friday, Feb. 11

10:30 a.m. — “Inventing our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment”

Tuesday, Feb.15

10 a.m. — BABY AND ME “Bride Flight”

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Noon — “Grace Paley: Collected Shorts”

Thursday, Feb. 17

Noon — “Ingelore”/“Girl From a Reading Primer”/“Alien VI”

Friday, Feb. 18

10:30 a.m. — “A Small Act”


1110 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos

Saturday, Feb. 19

6:20 p.m. — “Anita”

8:15 p.m.­ — “The Matchmaker”

Sunday, Feb. 20

11 a.m. — “Yes, Miss Commander!”/“1:0”

1 p.m. — “Who Do You Love”

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