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The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of No. CA is among the long list of community partners/co-presenters of the 2018 SF Jewish Film Festival

As part of this first-time collaboration, we can offer our members and friends a $2 discount for the two films we’re co-presenting, described below (enter the code YIDDEN38 when you purchase tickets @$13, vs. regular price of $15).

“Who Will Write Our History?”
opening night Saturday, July 21 at CineArts, Palo Alto (6:15 pm)
Sunday, July 22 at the Castro (4:00 pm) 
Saturday, July 28 at the Albany Twin (6:00 pm)

In the Warsaw Ghetto, a group of activists secretly collected eyewitness accounts, diaries and photographs that told the history of the war from the perspective of the Jews. These archives are now finally revealed to the world. Told through a combination of archival footage, photographs and masterful reenactments, the film is a stirring paean to these prescient individuals and a celebration of their optimism, persistence and grit.

Roberta Grossman (Director) bio:
An award-winning filmmaker, Roberta Grossman has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Grossman’s 2012 Hava Nagila (The Movie) uses the song Hava Nagila as a portal into 150 years of Jewish history, culture and spirituality. Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Grossman’s 2008 film, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, aired on PBS, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won the audience award at 13 Jewish film festivals. 
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“Naila and the Uprising” 
Sunday, July 29 at the Castro (5:00 pm)
Monday, July 30 at the Albany Twin (3:25 pm)

Award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (Encounter Point, Budrus SFJFF 2010) specializes in documentaries about the struggle for democracy in the Middle East. Her dynamic portrait of Palestinian activist Naila Zakout begins as one woman’s fight against the occupation and grows into a complex quilt of women’s stories. Bacha delves into the first intifada, the Madrid peace talks and the Oslo Accords, offering a crash course in the conflict from the unique perspective of Palestinian women.

Julia Bacha (Director) bio:
Julia Bacha is a Peabody and Guggenheim award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and the Creative Director at Just Vision, a nonprofit that highlights the power and reach of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, she has strategically used documentary film and multi-media to foster constructive conversations on some of the most divisive issues of our times.
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