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Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival::50 Children & The Real Inglorious Bastards

Tue, February 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

We’re proud to present this inaugural mini-series, screening films that were especially well received during the 2013 SF Jewish Film Festival—with special guests for each program!




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Sponsored by Ingrid D. Tauber and the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation




Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Feb 25 & Mar 11

Most films featured in the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival never make it to Marin. We’re proud to present this inaugural mini-series at the Osher Marin JCC, screening films that were especially well received during last year’s festival—with special guests for each program!

FEB 25: 50 CHILDREN: THE RESCUE MISSION OF MR. AND MRS. KRAUS is a documentary about a couple from Philadelphia who, in 1939, embarked on a bold plan to rescue 50 children from Nazi-controlled Vienna. Screened with THE REAL INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, the true story behind Quentin Tarantino’s film. It follows two Jewish-American operatives and a German prisoner of war who are sent on a dangerous undercover mission in Austria during World War II. Special appearance by 50 Children director Steven Pressman.

MAR 11: AMERICAN JERUSALEM: JEWS & THE MAKING OF SAN FRANCISCO is the epic story of the pioneering Jews who escaped persecution in Europe and played a central role in transforming San Francisco from sleepy village to thriving metropolis. In the process they reinvented themselves as well—becoming a distinctly new kind of Jew. Followed by a panel discussion with producer Jackie Krentzman and three experts featured in the film: historian Marc Dollinger, radio personality John Rothmann, and Frances Dinkelspiel, journalist and author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California.

Read more about each film below and watch the trailers on the left side of this page!

Popcorn & treats sold at each film



American Jerusalem: Jews and the Building of San Francisco

United States, 2013, 57 min.,


Director: Marc Shaffer

Editor: Stephanie Mechura, Josh Peterson

Cinematographer: Jon She

Puzzled visitors to San Francisco often wander around wondering where the Jewish neighborhood is, or at least was. Fact is, beginning with the city's boom in the 1849 Gold Rush, Jews have been assimilated into nearly every corner of San Francisco life, helping build, grow and define the city—as well as being shaped by it—in ways that are unique in American and Jewish history. Focusing on the first chapter of the city's development (1849–1915), American Jerusalem entertainingly charts the evolution of a distinct brand of American Jewish life on the western edge of the continent and introduces us to influential pioneers like Levi Strauss and Adolph Sutro (America's first Jewish mayor), helping to explain why some San Francisco Jewish families celebrated Shabbat on Sunday and enjoyed a good roast pork on Christmas. Some habits die hard. While not shying away from the community's more troubling chapters, such as anti-Chinese and anti–Eastern European sentiments among German Jewish leaders here, the documentary is a lively and affectionate primer to a place, and a community, like no other. —Peter L. Stein

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

United States, 2012, 63 min.,


Director: Steven Pressman

Editor: Ken Schneider

Cinematographer: David Sperling, Andre

In early 1939, Nazi policy still allowed Jews to leave Germany, but few countries would grant them asylum. President Roosevelt blocked a bill that would have given Jewish children safe passage to the US. Even American Jews did little for fear of fanning the flames of rampant anti-Semitism. Yet in Philadelphia, a Jewish doctor, Gilbert Kraus and his elegant wife Eleanor, leaving their own young children behind, took it upon themselves to get 50 Jewish children out of Austria. This tense and compelling story, narrated by Alan Alda, is brought to life by private journals and a trove of previously unseen home movies.

—Thomas Lo

The Real Inglorious Bastards

Canada, 2012, 51 min., English,

German w/Eng. subtitles

Director: Min Sook Lee

Editors: David Kazala, Bruce Lang

Cinematographer: Daniel G

"The truth is way stranger than fiction," muses one interviewee in this unbelievable true account that Quentin Tarantino's mega-hit was based on. As the Second World War was coming to a close, the US Office of Strategic Services trained and parachuted two Jewish refugees and a German deserter deep into Nazi-occupied Austria. Their original task was only to gather intelligence, but, astonishingly, they helped change the course of the entire war. These courageous men recount their unbelievable adventure whose finale beats any Hollywood movie hands down.

—Thomas Logo


Sponsored by Ingrid D. Tauber and the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation