SFJFF39 Pre-Sale Films

Select programs at the 39th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (July 18 - August 4, 2019) are now on sale to JFI members and the general public. Keep checking this page leading up to the full program announcement on June 18 as more films may be announced. 

Opening Night, Closing Night and Additional Highlights

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles | SFJFF39's OPENING NIGHT FILM

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles | SFJFF39's OPENING NIGHT FILM

The documentary tells the story behind Broadway musical "Fiddler on The Roof" and its creative roots in early 1960s New York. “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” includes interviews with the Broadway show’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, legendary producer Hal Prince, original cast members, such as Austin Pendleton, as well as rare archival footage of choreographer Jerome Robbins.

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Thursday July 18, 2019
6:30 p.m.
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The Red Sea Diving Resort | SFJFF39's CLOSING NIGHT FILM

The Red Sea Diving Resort | SFJFF39's CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Inspired by one of the most remarkable true life rescue missions ever, The Red Sea Diving Resort is the incredible story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. Chris Evans (Captain America, Avengers) plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who leads the mission together with courageous local Kabede Bimro, played by Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire). Posed as naive European entrepreneurs, the team he leads take advantage of the Sudanese government’s interest in expanding its feeble Ministry of Tourism to purchase a strategically located property along the Red Sea. Their plans are thrown for a loop, however, when real tourists begin arriving, expecting service.

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Sunday July 28, 2019
7:15 p.m.
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The Amazing Johnathan Documentary | CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary | CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY

It begins as a documentary about “The Amazing Johnathan,” a uniquely deranged magician who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s—but becomes a bizarre story about the unravelling of his documentarian.

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Tuesday July 23, 2019
6:00 p.m.
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Wednesday July 24, 2019
6:20 p.m.
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Thursday August 1, 2019
6:10 p.m.
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Saturday August 3, 2019
4:05 p.m.
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Tel Aviv On Fire | CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE

Tel Aviv On Fire | CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

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Wednesday July 24, 2019
5:45 p.m.
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Thursday July 25, 2019
6:10 p.m.
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Friday July 26, 2019
6:25 p.m.
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Saturday August 3, 2019
8:40 p.m.
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