The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival Launches 21st Season with 23 Films in San Jose, Campbell and Palo Alto from Oct. 20-Nov. 18

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 — Inspiring Opening Night Program Traces Journey of Israel's First Astronaut and the Columbia Shuttle Disaster


SAN JOSE, Calif., September 19, 2012 -  The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival (SVJFF) is launching its month-long Fall Festival on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. with the inspiring film “An Article of Hope,” that traces the poignant story of the Colonel Ilan Ramon, NASA astronaut and son of an Auschwitz survivor, who died in the Columbia Shuttle disaster 10 years ago.

His widow, Rona Ramon, who is coming from Israel for the event, and film director Dan Cohen will address the Opening Night audience at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC) in Palo Alto following the movie.  They will be joined by former NASA astronaut Garret Reisman,  who trained with Ramon and made two round trips on  space shuttles to the International Space Station.
The SVJFF's slate of 23 hard-hitting dramas, provocative features, fascinating docudramas, and moving documentaries will be screened at the Camera 12 in San Jose, Camera 7 in Campbell and the OFJCC in Palo Alto.  Film Festival movies from more than eight countries provide unique insights that raise awareness, spark dialogue and bring the broader Silicon Valley community together.

Festival Highlights:

  • As October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the SVJFF will be addressing the subject by showing the documentary Crime After Crime, an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  The riveting film follows the story of Deborah Peagler, an African American survivor of domestic violence, who was unjustly convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Joshua Safran, an Oakland resident and Orthodox Jew, worked pro bono with great tenacity to secure her release. Both Safran and the film’s director, Yoav Potash of San Francisco, will be in attendance and provide insight following the film.
  • The month of October also serves as LGBT History Month. In recognition of this, the Billy DeFrank Silicon Valley LGBT Community Center will be co-sponsoring the showing of Yossi, a feature film from Israel that depicts the story of a closeted gay man who gathers the confidence to express his true feelings and find love along the way.  
  • On a lighter note, the festival aims to bridge cultures with the film David, chronicling two young boys, one Muslim one Jewish, and their friendship that transcends their differences.
  • An offering especially for a younger audience, the teen screening of Foreign Letters also highlights cross cultural interactions when an Israeli girls befriends the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants.

The Festival runs from Oct. 20 through Nov. 18. A special Closing Night performance is scheduled on Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Camera 12 in San Jose, featuring a live musical show that follows the highly entertaining "Hava Nagila (The Movie)".

Ticket information is available through the Film Festival web site, 

The SVJFF film list includes: An Article of Hope, David, The Day I Saw Your Heart, The Flat, Dr. Pomerantz, Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story, Remembrance, Crime after Crime, God’s Fiddler, Kaddish for a Friend, Hitler’s Children, Dusk, Yossi, Mabul, Torn, Sonny Boy, Standing Silent, Joanna, Nicky’s Family, My Australia, Shalom Sesame, Foreign Letters, and Hava Nagila.

About Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival:
The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival is  a 501c-3 n0n-profit organization with a mission to reach out, excite and bring together the Silicon Valley community with and through the power of films that showcase Jewish spirit, culture, traditions and humor.  For more information, visit

"An Article of Hope" By DAN COHEN Guests: Buzz Aldrin

An Article Of Hope - Documentary Film about The Space Shuttle Columbia & a Torah Scroll

CRIME AFTER CRIME trailer (Official Sundance Selection)


Die Verlorene Zeit - Trailer (Deutsch)

Dusk ( Bein HaShmashot)

Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story Official Trailer #1 (2012) HD Movie

Foreign Letters

Hava Nagila - The Movie Trailer

Hitler's Children Film Trailer

Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler

Kaddish For A Friend Trailer

Mabul trailer engsubs

My Australia trailer

Nicky's Family - Official US Trailer

Papie┼╝yca Joanna trailer - videooskar

Sneak Peek: Mitzvah on the Street

Sonny Boy Trailer subtitled

Standing Silent Trailer

The Day I Saw Your Heart Trailer

The Flat: Trailer

Torn Trailer

Trailer - Dr. Pomerantz

Tribeca 2012 - Movieline Preview: "Yossi"

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