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Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

21st Fest Closes Sunday with Musical Bio Pic ‘Who Do You Love’

Above: Alessandro Nivola is Leonard CHess in "Who Do You Love."

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Aired 2/17/11

KPBS film critic looks at the closing weekend of the 21st San Diego Jewish Film Festival.

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The San Diego Jewish Film Festival ends its 21st season this Sunday, and there are still a lot of films to see.

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival comes to a close on Sunday night with the musical bio-pic "Who Do You Love" about Leonard and Phil Chess. The film stars Alessandro Nivola plays Leonard Chess. This American success story is a definite crowd pleaser and boasts a rockin' soundtrack. But if you are looking for headier stuff festival chair Helen Fleming suggests you check out Justin Strawhand's "War Against the Weak," a look at 80 years of eugenics and how false science paved the way for Hitler's final solution.

Justin Strawhand's documentary "War Against the Weak."

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Above: Justin Strawhand's documentary "War Against the Weak."

"This is a documentary that is not only eye opening and enlightening but it gives you an opportunity to learn something new and hear from the filmmaker," says Fleming, "We also have a noted professor of medical genetics from UCSD, Dr. Trey Ideker, he will be participating in a panel with the director, and a representative of the anti-defamation league, Rick Barton. So they will discuss the history of the field of eugenics and relate it to the current science of genetics and medical genetics as it relates to our world today."

There are still a dozen film screenings left in this year's San Diego Jewish Film Festival. Go to www.sdjff.org for a complete schedule.

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