March 05 only
ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE
Dir. Fred Peabody, Canada, 2016, 91 min, English
Followed by a panel discussion with Bay Area journalists moderated by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Rick Goldsmith.
Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. The cameras follow them as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago. Featuring new interviews with Carl Bernstein, Noam Chomsky, Ana Kasparian, and Michael Moore.
Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2016.
Sunday, March 5 | 11:45 AM
Dir. Tova Ascher, Israel, UK, 115 min, English, Hebrew, Arabic w/ English subtitles
A young Arab woman attending the Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem, is having a secret love affair with a Palestinian activist. When her lover is sent away on assignment, they are secretly married, causing Nadia to sever her ties with her family, as she embraces a life of exile and escape. Years later, Nadia has reinvented herself as Maya, a choreographer at a Jerusalem dance troupe married to a senior official at the Ministry of Justice. One evening, she spots a figure from her past, jeopardizing her newfound identity.
Sunday, March 5 | 2:50PM
THE WOMEN’S BALCONY
Dir. Emil Ben Shimon, Israel, 2016, 96 min, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men. Already a hit on the festival circuit, The Women’s Balcony is a rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Sunday, March 5 | 5:20 PM
BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY
Dirs. Bert Berns, Bob Sarles, USA, 2016, 94 min, English
Director Bob Sarles and music journalist/historian Joel Selvin in person.
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy” and “Piece of My Heart.” Berns helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Featuring interviews with those who knew him best including: Ben E. King, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.
Premiered at SXSW 2016.
Sunday, March 5 | 7:30 PM
About WinterFest: WinterFest is the signature year-round program of the Jewish Film Institute – presenters of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival – featuring the best in new Jewish film and media for diverse Bay Area audiences. The 2017 WinterFest edition will be held on the weekend of March 4–5, 2017 in San Francisco. Saturday’s program will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater and Sunday’s events at the Roxie Theater.
For ticket information, please contact the box office at 415.621.0523 or visit the Jewish Film Institute online at www.winterfest.jfi.org
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