The Power of Film

The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC) will host the 29th annual San Diego Jewish International Film Festival this month, beginning Thursday, Feb. 7 and running through Sunday, Feb. 17. The 11-day festival will feature award-winning films, panel discussions and more as it showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films across multiple genres, including a wide range of Israeli films.

A total of 32 feature films will be screened in four locations across San Diego County this year, including documentary and narrative films, and a variety of movies incorporating themes like social activism, romance, religion, LGBTQ+ issues, Israeli-Arab relations, history, ethics, current events, comedy and the arts. Special guests, filmmakers and scholars, will be on hand to participate in Q&A’s, and meet and greet throughout the festival. A new venue at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is reserved for the festival’s most artistic films.

New this year is the SDIJFF Mobile App, which will allow attendees to customize their festival schedule, find theatre locations, vote for the Audience Choice Award, learn about guest speakers and stay up to date on events.

“The film festival is an opportunity to share our rich heritage, culture and values with all of San Diego County,” Christina Fink, film festival chairperson said in a press release prior to the event. “As we approach the 30th anniversary, we’re excited to be able to continue producing an event that offers award-winning films that promote awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of Jewish people while also making the festival more accessible to younger generations through the new mobile app.”

An evocative documentary about the power of pen and paper, the San Diego premiere of Who Will Write Our History, produced by Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman, is this year’s centerpiece film. It tells the story of a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, the clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. The movie will be screened Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square. Special guest Roberta Grossman will receive the  Directors Award for the film following the screening.

The popular Brews & Views event, an evening show of five short films returns this year and will be held at Project Bar & Grill in Hillcrest, Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.

For showtimes and descriptions of each film, including special guest appearances, visit www.sdjff.org. Tickets range from $13.25-$18, with festival passes, senior, student and group rates available. To purchase tickets, visit www.sdcjc.ord/sdjff/current or call (858) 362-1348.

SIDEBAR:

San Diego International Jewish Film Festival Locations

Clairemont Reading Cinemas 14
In memory of JOY F. KNAPP, beloved aunt of Erika and Daniel Sollender and Griffin and Jonah Schulman
(858) 274-9994

Museum Of Photographic Arts
(619) 238-7559

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre at The JCC
(858) 362-1348

Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18
(760) 471-3734

Project Bar & Grill
(619) 795-7890

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