Picture show in Silicon Valley
The 23rd annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 20 (it runs through Nov. 18). Opening night will feature the documentary “An Article of Hope,” about Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster. His widow, Rona Ramon, will attend the screening at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto and speak to the audience after the film. Another festival highlight is “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,” about the life of the Israeli commander (pictured) who died during the 1976 raid on Entebbe.
“Noodle.” Opening of film about an Israeli flight attendant who takes an abandoned Chinese boy into her care. Part of Lamorinda Film & Entertainment Foundation’s International Film Showcase. In Orinda, Cupertino and Antioch. www.lfef.org/showcasetickets.
“An Article of Hope.” Documentary on Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the Columbia space shuttle disaster of 2003. Followed by a discussion with Ramon’s widow, the film’s director and a fellow astronaut. Opening night of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $45. www.svjff.org/filmfest2012.shtml.
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. “David,” 3 p.m. “The Day I Saw Your Heart,” 5 p.m. “The Flat,” 7:30 p.m. At Camera 12, 201 S. Second St., San Jose. Also Oct. 24. “David,” 7:30 p.m. At Camera 7, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. Also Oct. 27. “Dr. Pomerantz,” 7:30 p.m. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Also Oct. 28. “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,” 1 p.m. “Remembrance,” 3 p.m. “Crime After Crime” and “Directory and Lawyer,” 5:30 p.m. At Camera 12, San Jose. Also Nov. 1. “Remembrance,” 7:30 p.m. At Camera 7, Campbell. $11-$20. www.svjff.org/filmfest2012.shtml.
“Mosaic.” Host Rabbi Eric Weiss chats with guests about Jewish-related subject matter. 5 a.m. KPIX TV-Channel 5.
Film shorts. Screening and discussion of short features from the Ma’ale Film School in Jerusalem. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 7 p.m. Free. www.jfed.org/israel2013.
“Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers.” PBS documentary on the Polish Catholic social worker who smuggled 2,500 Jewish children to safety during World War II. Part of United Nations Association Film Festival. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9:10 p.m. $10. www.unaff.org.
“The Invisible Men.” Documentary on three gay Palestinian men who leave their families to live in Tel Aviv. Part of East Bay International Film Festival. At Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. $7, students and federation Israel trip registrants free. www.jfed.org/israel2013.
“The Name My Mother Gave Me.” Documentary on Ethiopian Jews who journey back to Ethiopia with Israeli Jews from the Soviet Union. Part of East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At the Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $7, students and federation Israel trip participants free. www.jfed.org/israel2013.