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Immigration Committee at the SF Jewish Film Festival

The Kehilla Immigration Committee is proud to co-present 5 films at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival focused on refugees. The festival runs July 20-Aug. 6, 2017. Hope to see you there!

  • The Good Postman, a Bulgarian documentary about a gentle village postman Ivan, who runs for mayor on the platform of welcoming Syrian refugees.
  • I’m Okay. Pia Lenz follows two families as they resettle in Germany. Lenz is as patient as the film’s subjects, taking the time to transform from making a film about the refugee problem to a thoughtful look at the refugees as individuals
  • Levinsky Park, a documentary that examines Israel’s moral obligation to extend aid and comfort to refugees, and the role that race and religion play in the willingness of a community to accept them in their midst.
  • Stranger in Paradise, timely fiction/documentary hybrid that plays with our minds as a European lectures, then interrogates refugees from Africa and the Middle East who are seeking asylum.
  • Voyage of the Damned a tragic story about the voyage of MS St. Louis, a ship carrying hundreds of German Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany that seemingly no nation is willing to save from certain doom.

In addition, there will be a panel discussion  with KQED’s Michael Krasny, HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay’s Amy Weiss and activist Subhi Nahas on the current refugee and immigration crisis and the role filmmaking plays in raising awareness on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:30pm at the Castro Theater. Reserve your free tickets to the SF panel here. This panel discussion will also be live-streamed on Facebook for everyone to enjoy!

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