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San Diego Jewish Film Festival: Kid’s Shows, Rousing, & Emotional Films


  • WHEN Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE Clairemont Reading Cinemas 14, 4665 Clairemont Drive San Diego, CA 92117
  • AGES All ages
  • COST $5 - $15.75

San Diego Center for Jewish Culture presents the San Diego Jewish Film Festival on February 7th-17th, 2013 in Clairemont/La Jolla, Carlsbad, San Marcos, featuring 47 films and shorts from 10 different countries.

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival presents short-subject, documentary and feature films as well as an international roster of guest artists, and themed programs for all ages. The festival is the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego.

The 2013 Festival has five opportunities designed to appeal to every audience:
• Festival films: diverse selection of award winning, fully produced, feature films
• Family Day: Highly popular Shalom Sesame! is for kids 3-7 years old

Ticket price: $11.75-$13.75

Heralded as the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego, the festival expects to draw over 16,000 patrons to four convenient venues around the county:
Clairemont Reading Cinemas - 4665 Clairemont Drive San Diego, CA 92117 Google Map
Garfield Theater at the JCC - 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla CA 92037 Google Map
Dove Library - 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad, CA 92011 Google Map
San Marcos Stadium 18 - 1180 West San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, CA 92069 Google Map

On February 17, 2013, the last day of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, there will be kid’s shows, rousing and emotional films. Films showing include "Shalom Sesame," Sonny Boy," "Defiant Requiem," "Show Stopper: The Theatrical life of Garth Drabinsky," "Closed Season," "Hava Nagila: The Movie." All of the films on February 17, 2013 will be showing at Clairemont Reading Cinemas 14.

About "Shalom Sesame" (1:00pm)
Please join us for a wonderful program full of singing, an interactive learning experience and fun, with one of our Nierman Preschool teachers! Recommended for ages 3-7

Grover can't seem to figure out why everyone is so busy just before a day of rest. Join him as he learns all about Shabbat, and sing along to Avigail's favorite Shabbat song Bim Bam! Featuring a guest appearance by Cedric the Entertainer, "Shalom Sesame 2010" is a brand new series of 12 episodes from the creators of "Sesame Street" starring the loveable "Sesame Street" cast of furry pals, new friends from Israel and celebrities. Each episode introduces Jewish holidays, traditions and culture to viewers of all ages. Follow Grover as he explores Israel, its people and places, and learns new things. Get ready to laugh and sing along in this next generation of the popular classic, "Shalom Sesame".

There is a $5 recommended donation and tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. All seats will be released 5 minutes prior to the program. Please make your reservations early and arrive a little early too! Last year this program was sold out!

About "Sonny Boy": (1:00pm)
Based on a true story, Sonny Boy spans the decades before and after WWII in Holland. Waldemer, a black immigrant from Surinam, and Rika, a white Dutch woman, fall in love at a time when interracial couples are verboten. Their love must weather two tests: The first is the birth of their child, the titular Sonny Boy. The second comes ten years later when they decide to open their home and risk their lives to shelter Jews hiding from the Nazis. A majestic, heart-rending film, Sonny Boy hits all the right notes emotionally and thematically, and is a lush, transporting visual experience.

About "Defiant Requiem": (1:30pm)
Maestro/Conductor Murry Sidlin will be in attendance for Q&A.
When it comes to Holocaust documentaries, some people think they have heard it all. But until you have heard the music made by the survivors at Terezin, you haven’t heard a thing. The unyielding power of music (in this case, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem) gave a group of Jewish prisoners the strength to survive. Memorizing it from one single score, and performing it as a chorus 16 times during their internment, the requiem gave the prisoners a tool for defiance, and a reason to persevere. Defiant Requiem lets us see through the eyes, words, actions, and music of those who were there how to fight back through art alone.

About "Show Stopper: The Theatrical life of Garth Drabinsky": (3:30pm)
“I believe great art is for everyone,” said Joe Papp Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Park, and a driving force behind game-changing Broadway shows like Hair and A Chorus Line. Joe Papp was nothing short of an artistic revolutionary, and this stirring documentary celebrates the great heights he scaled while turning a sober light on his personal pitfalls as well. Featuring Meryl Street, Kevin Kline, Christopher Walken, James Earl Jones, and other luminaries, Joe Papp in Five Acts is a compelling portrait of a man who transformed New York theater, a man who stood up to the House of Un-American Activities in the 1950s, a man whose name is synonymous with revolution in the arts—Brooklyn-born Joseph Papirofsky, better known as Joe Papp.

About "Closed Season": (4:00pm)
In one of the more unique Holocaust films ever shot, a young Jewish man being given shelter by a German husband and wife in the Black Forest must comply with an unusual request: the couple has been unable to conceive and the husband asks their “guest” to intercede on his behalf. Complications of the heart and of the war expectedly intrude as the film delivers an engaging tale of how wartime (like politics) can indeed make for strange bedfellows. Gorgeously shot and perfectly paced, this dramatic tale unfolds throughout WWII and into the 1970s when the now-adult child of this complex union learns the strange truth behind his parentage. VIEWER DISCRETION: ADULT CONTENT (Contains: Sexual content and nudity)

About "Hava Nagila: The Movie": (7:30pm)
Chances are that if you read the movie’s title, the melody and words of “Hava Navgila” are bouncing through your brain right now. When did this song start? Who’s behind it? Who sang it best? And how—the fascinating subject of this fascinating film—did this song move from the shtetls of Eastern Europe into the neighborhoods of the US, getting more and more popular with every step? Loaded with rollicking interviews with people like Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, The Klezmatics, and Glen Campbell (yes, “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen Campbell), Hava Navgila: The Movie shares how one song rose above boundaries of time, space, and culture to unite people in music, no matter what.

For more information call 858-362-1348 for details or see the web site for all film prices and to purchase online:

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional image from "Defiant Requiem" - the unyielding...

Above: Promotional image from "Defiant Requiem" - the unyielding power of music (in this case, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem) gave a group of Jewish prisoners the strength to survive. Courtesy of Lawrence Family JCC.


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