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Lights, camera…

The lineup at this year’s East Bay International Jewish Festival is loaded with documentaries — representing 18 of the event’s 41 films — with offerings from Germany, France, Australia, Holland, Peru, Russia and, of course, Israel. The drama “Süskind” (pictured) tells the true story of a German Jewish businessman who oversaw a holding pen for Dutch Jews during World War II, asking viewers to decide whether he is a hero or villain.

East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

All films $7-$10 in advance.

Screening at CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill
March 9    “God’s Neighbors” at 7 p.m., “2 Night” at 9:30 p.m.
March 10     “War of the Buttons” at 9:30 a.m., “Numbered” at 11:50 a.m., “Under African Skies” at 1:45 p.m., “Yes, Miss Commander” at 4:15 p.m., “The Inheritance” at 7:15 p.m.
March 11    “The First Fagin” at 10:30 a.m., “Portrait of Wally” at 12:40 p.m., “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring” at 2:45 p.m., “a.k.a. Doc Pomus” at 5 p.m., “Sonny Boy” at 7:30 p.m.
March 12    “Max Schmeling” at 10:30 a.m., “Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center” at 1:20 p.m., “The Flat” at 3 p.m., “Yossi” at 5:15 p.m., “Paris-Manhattan” at 7:30 p.m.
March 13    “Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story” at 10:30 a.m., “The Day I Saw Your Heart” at 12:40 p.m., “Dolphin Boy” at 3 p.m., “Rage and Glory” at 4:50 p.m., “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea” at 7:30 p.m.
March 14    “Hava Nagila” at 10:30 a.m., “The Fire Within” at 12:30 p.m., “Blank Bullet” at 2:15 p.m., “The Other Son”     at 4:40 p.m., “Süskind” at 7:30 p.m. 
Screening at Vine Cinema,1722 First St., Livermore
March 10    “David” at 4 p.m., “My Dad is Baryshnikov” at 7:15 p.m.
March 14    “Le Concert” at 7:30 p.m.
Screening at Orinda Theater, 4 Orinda Square, Orinda
March 15    “Besa, The Promise” at 11 a.m., “Orchestra Exiles” at 1:10 p.m., “Koch” at 3:10 p.m.
March 16     “Mein Bester Feind” (“My Best Enemy”) at 7:30 p.m.
March 17     “Room 514” at 11 a.m., “Khodorkovsky” at 12 p.m., “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir” at 1:20 p.m., “400 Miles to Freedom” at 2:40 p.m., “My Dad Is Baryshnikov”  3:30 p.m., “” at 5 p.m., “Broadway Musicals” at 5:40 p.m., “Melting Away” at 7:45 p.m.


“The Other Son.” Drama about an Israeli boy and a Palestinian boy who were exchanged at birth. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. $18.

“One Day After Peace.” Documentary about an Israeli woman who used South African truth and reconciliation models after her son was killed by a Palestinian sniper. Followed by a discussion with J Street Bay Area Leader Molly Freeman and Judith Gussmann of the East Bay Jewish Community Relations Council. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 7:15 p.m. Free.


“Naomi.” Israeli drama about love and jealousy. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $10-$13.

“Unmasked Judeophobia: The Threat to Civilization.” Film on Jew hatred. Meeting of Jewish War Veterans of USA. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, room G100. 11 a.m. Free. (650) 223-8700.


“The Forgotten Refugees.” Film about Jews in the Arab world. Followed by talk by Albert Bivas, who fled Egypt with his family in 1956. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. $15.


Mosaic with Israeli Consul General Andy David. With host Rabbi Eric Weiss. 5 a.m. KPIX TV–Channel 5.