Sonoma Jewish film fest goes to Sebastopol

The Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival opens its 17th season on Thursday, Oct. 4 at a  new venue, the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. The festival, presented in partnership with the JCC of Sonoma County, includes eight films representing Jewish life from the U.S., South Africa, France, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, Cambodia and Denmark.

“God’s Fiddler” Jascha Heifetz photo/courtesy of sfjff

The theme of this year’s festival is music. Selections include “A.K.A. Doc Pomus,” about the life of the Jewish blues guru and songwriter, “God’s Fiddler,” a documentary about violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz, and “Hava Nagila,” Roberta Grossman’s documentary about the iconic piece of Jewish music, which will screen Dec. 4.

Other festival highlights include “David,” a drama about a young religious Muslim boy in Brooklyn who unwittingly goes undercover at a Hebrew school, and “Reuniting the Rubins,” a comedy about one woman’s attempt to reunite her son with his estranged children for Passover.

Tickets are on sale. Visit, call (707) 528-4222 or go to the Rialto Cinemas box office, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol.