Film, tv & radio


Julie Cohen

Big night in Berkeley. You like fish? No? How about classic New York Jewish immigrant stories? Either way, you’ll love “The Sturgeon Queens,” the featured documentary at Berkeley Big Night, part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. The film, directed by Julie Cohen (she’ll be in attendance), is about the family behind the smoked fish emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Stick around for the after-film reception and catered delicacies from Bistro Liaison. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. Party at 8:30 p.m. $22-$25.

“Regarding Susan Sontag” discussion. Director Nancy Kates of Berkeley talks about her film, playing in the SFJFF at 2 p.m. at Castro Theatre. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 4:30 p.m. (approximate). Free.


“In the Image” discussion. Co-director Judy Montell of Berkeley talks about her film, playing in the SFJFF at 4:45 p.m. at the California Theatre. With Kehilla Community Synagogue. At the Marsh Arts Center, 2012 Allston Way, Berkeley. 6:15 p.m. (approximate). Free. (510) 547-2424. (See story, 2)


From “Un Beso a Esta Tierra” photo/courtesy national center for jewish film

‘A Kiss to This Earth’ The American Jewish Committee and Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco will co-present the screening of “Un Beso a Esta Tierra,” a documentary exploring Jewish immigration to Mexico during the 1920s and ’30s. Filmmaker Daniel Goldberg will appear at a Q&A session afterward, followed by a performance by the Humboldt Quartet. Movie is in Spanish with English subtitles. 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Free.


“Call Me Kuchu.” Award-winning documentary about LGBT efforts to stop anti-gay legislation in Uganda, presented by American Jewish World Service and S.F. Global Justice Fellows. Screening will be preceded by drinks and appetizers and followed by discussion. At Delancey Street, 600 the Embarcadero, S.F. 6 p.m. Free, but RSVP required.