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Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

New Venues for 21st Annual Festival

Credit: Corinth Films

Above: Sebastian Urzendowsky and Karoline Herfurth star in "Berlin '36," the opening night film of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.


A preview of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.


The 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Reading Town Square Cinemas with "Berlin '36" and continues through February 20th.

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. Tonight's ope ning 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. The film highlights a fascinating behind the scenes story that mixes political and social drama with a sports film.

“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.

I will be moderating a special program on February 14 at 5pm at the Clairemont Reading Town Square Theaters called "Sam Ball: A Work in Progress." If you love movies or want to be a filmmaker, this will provide an opportunity to see what goes into the filmmaking process and to ask questions of the filmmaker. I hope you will join me.

Check out the San Diego Jewish Film Festival website for a complete schedule and list of venues.

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