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Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

February 10, 2011 12:13 p.m.

A preview of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.

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The 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Reading [pronounced REDDING] Town Square Cinemas. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando has this review.

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The San Diego Jewish Film Festival has a tradition of looking to films not just as art but as social documents and the starting point for discussion. Last night’s opening film, “Berlin ’36,” is no exception. It looks to the remarkable true story of two German high jumpers – one Jewish -- set to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. But the Nazis make Jewish athletes pawns in a propaganda game.

JEWISH 2A (:18)
As you might know we asked all of the Jewish athletes to participate in the trial matches… [in German]… everyone of them had a chance to qualify… So they can participate?...[in German]… Yes, of course.

“Berlin ‘36” screens tonight at 7pm and will have an encore screening on February 13th at the UltraStar Mission Valley. You can find an eclectic array of films at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, which runs through February 20th at five venues.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.