SFJFF43's Next Wave selections address the complicated, conflicting, and empowering elements of contemporary life, Jewish identity, and expression through a showcase of remarkable stories that touch on art, social justice, relationships, politics, and more.
JFI Next Wave is a community of discerning, Bay Area film lovers as well as a platform for the showcase of emerging and established filmmakers whose work explores modern life and identity through a Jewish lens. Next Wave members receive all-inclusive Festival passes, attend private receptions and parties with filmmakers, actors, and artists; experience programs and events that step outside the boundaries of film such as live music, comedy, art and, (of course), drink, eat, socialize, and network with other young leaders and fans of the independent arts community.
In this uplifting and original coming-of-age story, three Israeli teens travel with their classmates, visiting memorial sites throughout Poland, and in the process transform their relationships.Read More
It’s 2003, and socially inept 17-year-old Lawrence has just nailed his dream job at the local video store. Having already alienated those closest to him, he forges a new complicated friendship with his tough but tender hearted manager.Read More
Featuring interviews with prominent thinkers like Jeremy Ben Ami, Noam Chomsky and Cornel West, this political documentary captures the complex and sensitive relationship between Jewish-American identity and support for the state of Israel.Read More
SFJFF invites audiences to rediscover this classic for its 25th anniversary. This animated adaptation of the Exodus story features an all-star voice cast, award-winning songs by Stephen Schwartz and score by Hans Zimmer.Read More
A Black rabbinical student combats racism, misogyny and gun violence by caring for her community on the South Side of Chicago in this inspiring portrait.Read More
In this heartwarming and captivating tale, a young widower seeks escape from grief by training with an eccentric stranger who claims his methods will allow the man to fly.Read More