Jewish partisans hit the big screen at S.F. premiereby andy altman-ohr
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A film narrated by actor Liev Schreiber and produced by the S.F.-based Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation had its West Coast premiere in San Francisco last week.
The Nov. 13 benefit showing of “The Reunion” packed the house in the 150-seat Delancey Street screening room. It was the film’s second-ever public showing after its debut in New York City last month.
Mira Shelub, 87, is also featured in the film. The native of Poland fought the Germans with her husband before moving to San Francisco in the 1950s.
55 surviving Jewish resistance fighters, known as partisans.
One of JPEF’s goals is to get out the word to the public about the 30,000 Jewish partisans who fought against the Nazis — and one major way it does so is by making films that are used by teachers in classrooms in the United States, Israel, Poland and South Africa. “The Reunion” was its 11th such film, each ranging from four to 25 minutes and all of them “PBS quality,” according to Braff.
Schreiber wasn’t at the West Coast premiere, but Small, 84, came all the way from Florida, and Shelub also attended. She was said to be a big hit during the Q&A session.
The trailer for “The Reunion” can be seen at http://www.jewishpartisans.org/reuniontrailer, and all of the JPEF’s other films can be seen on the website, as well. — andy altman-ohr
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