JFI WinterFest 2018 is the Jewish Film Institute’s fifth annual weekend-long showcase of exciting and transcendent Jewish films from around the world in between editions of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. This year, we are pleased to feature a significant number of films in the lineup as directed by women. Read on for what not to miss from women in the director’s chair at WinterFest.
Roberta Grossman, Sophie Sartain, United States, 2018, 96 minutes, English
Saturday, Feb. 10 • 3:30pm • Vogue Theatre
To some, Gloria Allred is a money-grubbing, shrill feminist prone to tawdry theatrics; to others she’s the most effective and fearless women’s rights attorney in America. In Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain’s (Hava Nagila: The Movie, SFJFF 2012) intimate, warts-and-all documentary, one thing is certain: Allred’s 40-year devotion to asserting, protecting, and expanding the rights of women is unwavering and her influence unassailable.
Director Roberta Grossman in attendance
ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER
Rebecca Miller, USA, 2017, 98 minutes, English
Sunday, Feb. 11 • 1:25pm • Alamo Drafthouse
Arthur Miller: Writer is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century told from the unique perspective of his daughter, Rebecca Miller, who filmed interviews with her father over decades. Coupled with a wealth of personal archival material, the film provides new insights into Miller’s life as an artist and explores his character in all its complexity.
Alison Chernick, United States, Israel, 2017, 80 minutes, English, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
Sunday, Feb. 11 • 11:20am • Alamo Drafthouse
From Shubert to Strauss, Bach to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s transcendent violin playing evokes the depth of the human experience. This enchanting documentary details the virtuoso’s own struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré, and reminds us why art is vital to life.
Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, Israel, Latvia, 2017, 63 minutes, English, Hebrew, Russian w/ English subtitles
Saturday, Feb. 10 • 12:00pm • Vogue Theatre
Leningrad, 1970. A group of young Jewish dissidents who were denied exit visas, plot to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they were sentenced to years in the gulag and two were sentenced to death; they never got on a plane. 45 years later, filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov reveals the compelling story of her parents, leaders of the group, “heroes” in the West but “terrorists” in Russia.
For more information about JFI WinterFest 2018, visit www.jfi.org/winterfest. Tickets and weekend passes are now on sale to all programs and events.