Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 37 / February 1
Thu, February 1, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Get a front row seat to one of the highlight’s from the newest season of
SF Jewish Film Festival—the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world!
Photo Credit Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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Over the past five years, tens of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and oppression in sub-Saharan Africa have sought relief and safety in Israel only to find a society bitterly divided on how to treat them. The Hatikva Quarter, a working class neighborhood in Tel Aviv, where many of the refugees have settled, exemplifies the tensions at work with neighbors at odds with one another over whether to accommodate the newcomers, and if so, how. These divergent world views are on display in Levinsky Park, where many of the refugees congregate and some sympathetic Israelis gather to provide food and clothing while others look on with fear or disdain. Beth Toni Kruvant’s piercing new documentary explores the origins of the refugee crisis as well as the response of an Israeli government that has categorized the refugees as economic migrants who have entered the country illegally and are not entitled to asylum. Echoing the debates raging in America and Europe over what constitutes fair treatment of refugees, Levinsky Park examines Israel’s moral obligation to extend aid and comfort to those in need and the role that race and religion play in the willingness of a close-knit community, like the Hatikva Quarter, to accept them in their midst. —Mark Valentine
Running Time: 67 minutes
ABOUT THE SF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Presenting innovative film each summer in the Bay Area, the festival promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Festival programs are meant to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience; and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.
BEST OF THE FEST FILM SCHEDULE
If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present four films that represent the best from Season 37 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Jan 18: 1945
Jan 25: Personal Affairs
Feb 1: Levinsky Park
Feb 8: Little Stones
*Concessions sold at each film screening
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