This year, The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its 22nd year and is happy to announce that the following French films will be presented during the festival:

THE VENICE GHETTO--500 YEARS OF LIFE, Italy/France, 2015, 54 Minutes
The film’s title says it all. We see the oldest Jewish ghetto in Europe through the eyes of Lorenzo, a NYC teen, who travels to Venice to learn about his family’s heritage. With the use of stunning footage, lively animation and interviews from local Jews, we learn about the ghetto’s history and evolving culture; the Venetian-Jewish language, and the many Jews from around the world who found refuge in this glorious city.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, France, 2013, 104 Minutes
With stunning cinematography and the majestic Alps as a backdrop, this heartfelt drama centers on the courage of a young orphan and his dog, a Great Pyrenees. Living in a small village with César, an adoptive "grandfather,” the boy stumbles upon the town’s secret—despite the Nazi occupation, many of the town’s citizens are secretly organizing the passage of Jewish refugees into Switzerland.

FANNY’S JOURNEY, France, 2016, 94 Minutes
Courage comes in all sizes…and ages. When a group of Jewish youngsters get separated from a man in the resistance who is helping them leave war-tornItaly in 1943, 13 year-old Fanny must step up and lead them to safety. A beautiful, lyrical film about bravery and perseverance. Grades 8 – Adult.

THE LAW, France, 2015, 90 Minutes
Born in France in the 1920s, Simone Veil survived Bergen-Belsen during WWII, an experience that would prepare her for her groundbreaking battle for women's rights in the decades ahead. After the war, she rose in France’s national government, becoming President Chirac’s minister of health in 1974 and the driving force behind a then controversial law to legalize abortion in the 1970s. THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE, Germany/France, 2016, 116 Minutes: During a school trip to Germany, Nathan Fabre, a young teacher, discovers a photograph of a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp who closely resembles his father. His decision to research his father’s past will turn his life upside down.

THANK YOU FOR CALLING, France, 2015, 98 Minutes
A French Jewish conman who steals millions from corporations and banks just by using a cell phone? This riveting drama is based on the true story of Gilbert Chikli who invented the "CEO scam" and was able to persuade bank and company officers to transfer money by simply ringing them and impersonating their CEO.

More information about tickets and venues here.

Multiple locations Bay Area

22nd Annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

When
March 2, 2017 - March 12, 2017
Where
Multiple locations
Bay Area

This year, The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its 22nd year and is happy to announce that the following French films will be presented during the festival:

THE VENICE GHETTO--500 YEARS OF LIFE, Italy/France, 2015, 54 Minutes
The film’s title says it all. We see the oldest Jewish ghetto in Europe through the eyes of Lorenzo, a NYC teen, who travels to Venice to learn about his family’s heritage. With the use of stunning footage, lively animation and interviews from local Jews, we learn about the ghetto’s history and evolving culture; the Venetian-Jewish language, and the many Jews from around the world who found refuge in this glorious city.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, France, 2013, 104 Minutes
With stunning cinematography and the majestic Alps as a backdrop, this heartfelt drama centers on the courage of a young orphan and his dog, a Great Pyrenees. Living in a small village with César, an adoptive "grandfather,” the boy stumbles upon the town’s secret—despite the Nazi occupation, many of the town’s citizens are secretly organizing the passage of Jewish refugees into Switzerland.

FANNY’S JOURNEY, France, 2016, 94 Minutes
Courage comes in all sizes…and ages. When a group of Jewish youngsters get separated from a man in the resistance who is helping them leave war-tornItaly in 1943, 13 year-old Fanny must step up and lead them to safety. A beautiful, lyrical film about bravery and perseverance. Grades 8 – Adult.

THE LAW, France, 2015, 90 Minutes
Born in France in the 1920s, Simone Veil survived Bergen-Belsen during WWII, an experience that would prepare her for her groundbreaking battle for women's rights in the decades ahead. After the war, she rose in France’s national government, becoming President Chirac’s minister of health in 1974 and the driving force behind a then controversial law to legalize abortion in the 1970s. THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE, Germany/France, 2016, 116 Minutes: During a school trip to Germany, Nathan Fabre, a young teacher, discovers a photograph of a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp who closely resembles his father. His decision to research his father’s past will turn his life upside down.

THANK YOU FOR CALLING, France, 2015, 98 Minutes
A French Jewish conman who steals millions from corporations and banks just by using a cell phone? This riveting drama is based on the true story of Gilbert Chikli who invented the "CEO scam" and was able to persuade bank and company officers to transfer money by simply ringing them and impersonating their CEO.

More information about tickets and venues here.

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