The Sign for Love | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

The Sign for Love

Wed, January 30, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 38
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Iris Ben Moshe, El-Ad Cohen | Israel | Documentary | 75 min 

Official Selection, 2017 Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

A gay, deaf Israeli documents the family he is born into and the family he creates.


In his heartfelt documentary, co-director and subject Elad Cohen explores the meaning and experience of family. Growing up deaf and gay in a family of hearing people, Cohen never felt at home and always felt alone. That feeling of estrangement was exacerbated during his adolescence by the sudden death of his mother and the subsequent rift with his father as the family scattered in different directions. Cohen creates a sense of family with a small group of friends, including his best friend, Yaeli, a deaf woman. While he wants a child and a life partner, he fears that he won’t find the right man in the small deaf community in his “sweet little country.” Sharing a desire with Yaeli to be parents, the new “couple” decide to have a child in a shared parenting arrangement. Clips from Cohen’s childhood are interspersed with footage of family members and friends and his day-to-day life. As new parents, they soon realize the naïveté in their expectations about bringing up a baby together. Their journey reveals the challenges of parenting, the bias against deaf individuals and the intricacies of human relationships. Ultimately their newborn helps Cohen become a more complete person and allows him to mend his relationship with his own father.



Get a front row seat to one of the highlights from the newest season of SF Jewish Film Festival—the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world!

If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present three films that represent the best from Season 38 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Jan 16: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Jan 30: The Sign for Love

Feb 13: Satan & Adam (Q&A with the filmmaker!) 

*Concessions sold at each film screening


Individual Tickets
Advance Price (until the day before the film screening)

  • $10 Members & Kids under 17
  • $12 Public
  • Day-of Price: $15


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.

Location: Hoytt Theater

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