Big Nights

SFJFF41's Big Nights honor stories big and small that illuminate the diversity of Jewish experiences, champion freedom of expression, and delight with their wit and charm. This year's Festival features powerful panels, partnerships with fellow arts organizations, and more.

Plan A - SFJFF41 Closing Night

Plan A - SFJFF41 Closing Night

Based on a true story. In 1945, a group of Jewish holocaust survivors planned to poison the water system in Germany, killing back 6 million Germans. The film tells the dangerous and bold secret-operation which was called ""PLAN A"".

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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200 Meters - SFJFF41 Centerpiece Narrative

200 Meters - SFJFF41 Centerpiece Narrative

A Palestinian father embarks on a perilous journey to reach his hospitalized son in this tense yet tender family drama about the human toll of oppression.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Misha and the Wolves - SFJFF41 OPENING NIGHT (VIRTUAL)

Misha and the Wolves - SFJFF41 OPENING NIGHT (VIRTUAL)

 Misha and the Wolves is the dramatic tale of a woman whose Holocaust memoir took the world by storm, but a fallout with her publisher – who turned detective – revealed an audacious deception created to hide a darker truth.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Charlatan | 2021 Freedom of Expression Award Agnieszka Holland

Charlatan | 2021 Freedom of Expression Award Agnieszka Holland

Legendary Polish filmmaker and recipient of SFJFF's Freedom of Expresson Award, Agnieszka Holland's newest film is a richly drawn biopic of Czech healer Jan Mikolášek who rose to fame through his uncanny ability to diagnose disease with a mere glance at the patient's urine.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Prognosis: Notes on Living - Local Spotlight SFJFF41

Prognosis: Notes on Living - Local Spotlight SFJFF41

When maverick Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Debra Chasnoff is diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer, she faces injustice as always, with her camera.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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The Conductor - Centerpiece Documentary

The Conductor - Centerpiece Documentary

A joyful tribute to perseverance, resiliency, and most of all the music, The Conductor is a profile of one groundbreaking woman who believes in the transformational power of art.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff - Song & Dance

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff - Song & Dance

An artistic excommunication set on Wall Street in 2008. A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff is a mystical meta-musical about the greatest financial fraud in history, as seen through the eyes of musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Labyrinth of Peace Episodes 1-3

Labyrinth of Peace Episodes 1-3

High-budget portrait of an industrial family dynasty. Inspired by true yet little-known events in post-WWII “neutral” Switzerland. From the producers of European box-office hit HEIDI.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Labyrinth of Peace Episodes 4-6

Labyrinth of Peace Episodes 4-6

High-budget portrait of an industrial family dynasty. Inspired by true yet little-known events in post-WWII “neutral” Switzerland. From the producers of European box-office hit HEIDI.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Wet Dog - Next Wave Spotlight

Wet Dog - Next Wave Spotlight

Based on a provocative autobiography, this story – set in a largely Muslim neighborhood in Berlin – follows a teenage gang member who is caught between hiding his Jewish identity and saving his life.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Persian Lessons | Opening Night

Persian Lessons | Opening Night

 A young Belgian man, is arrested and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Persian to an SS officer.

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200 Meters | Centerpiece Narrative (Castro)

200 Meters | Centerpiece Narrative (Castro)

A Palestinian father embarks on a perilous journey to reach his hospitalized son in this tense yet tender family drama about the human toll of oppression.

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A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff - Song & Dance (Castro)

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff - Song & Dance (Castro)

An artistic excommunication set on Wall Street in 2008, A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff is a mystical meta-musical about the greatest financial fraud in history, as seen through the eyes of musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins.

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Prognosis: Notes on Living - Local Spotlight SFJFF41 (Castro)

Prognosis: Notes on Living - Local Spotlight SFJFF41 (Castro)

When maverick Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Debra Chasnoff is diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer, she faces injustice as always, with her camera.

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SFJFF41 Closing Night Awards

SFJFF41 Closing Night Awards

SFJFF41 Closing Night Awards | JFI Completion Grant Awardees & Festival Award Winners

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All-Festival Pass

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