Now on the silver screen. The 19th annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival gets underway this weekend,featuring 50 movies from across the globe on screens in Pleasant Hill, Orinda and Livermore. Half of the films are from Israel, and all offer a rare opportunity to view Jewish-inspired cinema in the company of the East Bay Jewish community. Festival runs through March 23; see full listings at www.tinyurl.com/msp5435.
“When Do We Eat?” Comedy about a Jewish father who brings his family together after being slipped Ecstasy during Passover. Bring a dish to share for a potluck dinner following the movie. Hosted by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At 1817 Sinclair Drive, Pleasanton. 4 p.m. $5 suggested donation for nonmember adults. (510) 888-1404.
Food films. Three films about food also cover history, politics and culture as they take viewers around the world. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. “Make Hummus Not War,” 1 p.m., “Meathooked!,” 2:30 p.m., “Falafel! Give Peas a Chance,” 3:45 p.m. $12 per film; $25 for all three. www.jccsf.org.
“American Jerusalem.” Documentary about Jews who immigrated to San Francisco in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Followed by a panel discussion featuring producer Jackie Krentzman, radio host John Rothmann and others. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. $10. www.marinjcc.org.
“Shadow in Baghdad.” Documentary about the disappearance of the Iraqi Jewish community. Followed by a discussion with the daughter of the film’s protagonist. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. www.bnaiemunahsf.org.