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Upcoming Events: 24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival


For years, the OFJCC has been one of the venues of the growing Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. SVJFF reaches out, excites and brings together the Silicon Valley community with and through the power of films that showcase Jewish spirit, culture, traditions and humor.

The festival reaches out, excites and sparks a dialogue around entertainment, art, politics, society and global issues. Experience Jewish spirit, culture, traditions and humor through the power of film.




    • 10/10/2015 7:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: East Jerusalem West Jerusalem

    Opening Night with Special Appearance by David Broza

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: East Jerusalem West Jerusalem
    Opening Night Special Event with Israeli superstar recording artist David Broza who will perform and speak about the film East Jerusalem West Jerusalem.

    In Palestinian East Jerusalem, Singer-Songwriter David Broza records a new album with American, Palestinian and Israeli musicians in defiance of the Middle East's dark realities.

    • 10/11/2015 4:00 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Gett - The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Gett - The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

    The film explores a troubled marriage that is complicated by the traditions and religious beliefs of the couple who are immigrants to Israel from Morocco. It revolves around the process of Jewish religious divorce which is known as a 'Gett', a process which must be granted by the husband and is sought through the religious court, as opposed to the secular government court.
    The movie gradually reveals subtle, and sometimes vengeful, nature of marital discontent. The story is told through multiple brief courtroom scenes, over the period of the trial, involving the personalities of all involved, sometimes relegating the litigants to minor roles.
    • 10/11/2015 6:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Above and Beyond

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Above and Beyond

    Would you risk everything - your future, your citizenship, even your life - to help a brother in need?

    In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence.

    As members of Machal – “volunteers from abroad” – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. Above and Beyond is their story.

    • 10/11/2015 8:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Dough

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival:  Dough


    Jonathan Pryce stars as old Jewish baker, widowed and down on his luck, desperate to save his London bake shop. His customers are dying off, his sons have no interest in keeping afloat the family business, and hostile businessman Sam Cotton (London Film Critics' Circle winner Philip Davis) has his own greedy plans for the property. He struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice accidentally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high.

     

     

    • 10/12/2015 7:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: The Farewell Party

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival:  The Farewell Party

    Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

    "Boasting a dream cast of septuagenarian talent, a finely honed visual sense and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue, the pic pits the ethics of assisted suicide against the right to die." Variety 
    • 10/13/2015 7:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: 24 Days

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: 24 Days
    In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant's number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom.

    French director Alexandre Arcady delivers one of the most “wrenching and politically astute” films to come out of France (Screen Daily). Based on a book co-written by Ilan’s mother, Ruth Halimi, Arcady’s cinematic adaptation offers a searing insight into his vicious ordeal, the violent world of the gang of Barbarians, and the harrowing experience of his family waiting and hoping the Police would save their son.
    • 10/14/2015 7:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Magic Men

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Magic Men

    An estranged Israeli magician and his son make a sentimental journey through Greece to reclaim the past in Magic Men the latest cinematic gem by auteur collaborators Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor.

    A jaded Holocaust survivor who has renounced his faith, Avraham resents the piety of his middle-aged son Yehuda, a devout Hassidic rapper. When the aging Avraham decides to return to his native Greece to find the man who offered shelter and taught him magic during WWII, he is compelled to bring Yehuda as his guardian. So begins a cross-cultural, cross-generational road trip as these richly-conceived characters search for absolution and reconciliation

    • 10/15/2015 7:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Anywhere Else

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Anywhere Else
    An Israeli grad student in Berlin strives to reinvent herself but finds something has been lost in translation, in the endearing family drama, Anywhere Else.

    After indulging her wanderlust, thirtysomething Noa  is completing a dissertation on untranslatable words, when things start to sour. Her academic advisor rejects her thesis, her grant application is declined, her relationship with German boyfriend Jörg  is strained, and Berlin’s gray skies are getting her down. Seeking the refuge of the primal nest, she flies back to Israel on a whim, only to discover home life is no better than when she left it.

    • 11/1/2015 4:00 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Belle & Sebastian

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Belle & Sebastian
    It all happened way up in the Alps, where the snow is pristine, where chamois and marmots frolic, where soaring peaks scrape the clouds. A solitary little boy meets a stray dog, and so begins a story of enduring friendship. The timeless tale of Belle & Sebastian tells the story of how Sebastian tamed Belle; the extraordinary adventures of a resourceful, adorable boy during the Second World War.
    • 11/1/2015 6:00 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: A Borrowed Identity (Dancing Arabs)

    Special guest Sayed Kashua

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: A Borrowed Identity (Dancing Arabs)
    Gifted Eyad a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother, Edna.

    • 11/1/2015 8:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Zemene

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Zemene
    Zemene is a full-length documentary that follows a spirited 10-year old Ethiopian girl, Zemenework (Zemene), as she fights to keep hope alive and survive her life-threatening condition of Kyphosis, a severe curvature of the spine.  Set in the beautiful countryside of Ethiopia, the story begins in Zemene’s small rural village of Belessa.
    • 11/2/2015 7:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Felix and Meira

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Felix and Meira
    Felix and Meira is the story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another. Each lost in their everyday lives, Meira , a Hasidic Jewish wife and mother and Félix, a Secular loner mourning the recent death of his estranged father, unexpectedly meet in a local bakery in Montreal's Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another.
    • 11/3/2015 7:30 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Encirclements (Hakafot)

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Encirclements (Hakafot)
    Thirteen year old Aharon Ninio, the only child of parents who are unable to conceive again, is determined to win the honor of carrying the Torah scrolls on Simhat Torah.
    The belief that he who carries the Torah may ask God for anything on behalf of others can elevate Aharon's status in the neighborhood and win his distant father's approval and love. But after Aharon wins the honor, his achievement brings ancient tensions to the surface...
    • 11/8/2015 5:00 PM

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

    Featuring Special Guest Bruce Vilanch and Producers Sue and Lloyd Ecker

    24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

    The rags to riches story of Sophie Tucker, an iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century.

    Before Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, and Mae West, Sophie Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other.

    • 1/31/2016 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Silicon Valley Italian Festival

    Silicon Valley Italian Festival

    Experience a trip through Italy right here in Bay Area and soak in the country’s rich culture and traditions.


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