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  1. Add to Calendar02/03/2017 12:30:00 pm02/03/2017 01:30:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesJFI Presents: Wrestling JerusalemJoin the Jewish Film Institute and ITVS for 'Talk Amongst Yourselves', an online conversation series to deepen understanding of Jewish culture and identity through film media, and dialogue, beginning with a live-streamed conversation between Aaron Davidman, creator, writer and star of Wrestling Jerusalem, and acclaimed journalist and KQED Forum host Michael Krasny. This will be the kick-off event for the film’s national theatrical tour, so after the program, we encourage you to get in touch with the Wrestling Jerusalem team to find out how to continue the conversation with the film in your communities. Haven't seen the film before? Not to worry! We'll be showing clips from the film throughout the live-streamed conversation. RSVP to the screening to be notified when it's about to begin! About the film: “It’s complicated.” From that honest, ironic, understated opening line of Wrestling Jerusalem through its hopeful conclusion, Aaron Davidman takes us on a whirlwind journey that captures the competing narratives swirling around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Bay Area local Davidman embodies 17 characters whose stories reflect multiple perspectives. It’s easy to forget that you are watching one man as he moves deftly from male to female, Palestinian to Israeli, American to European. The touchstone in these shifting voices is the character Aaron, an American Jew whose desire to understand and empathize makes him an excellent tour guide. Originally a play written and performed by Davidman, Wrestling Jerusalem garnered excellent reviews and sold-out performances. Deftly directed by Dylan Kussman, the film is masterfully shot, as scenes switch seamlessly from a backstage dressing room, a live performance filmed in San Francisco and the stark evocative expanse of the desert. A simple backdrop and handful of props are all Davidman needs to conjure cafes, buses and settlements as well as the stories they contain. Regardless of your views, you will find them in this work. But, as you let the film unfold, you will recognize the humanity in each character and leave the theater much richer for the experience. Complicated? Definitely. Captivating and unforgettable? Without a doubt. Support for JFI's 'Talk Amongst Yourselves' is provided by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonomoa Counties Film Institutengellman@jfi.orgfalseMM/DD/YYYY
    Presented by: Jewish Film Institute
  2. Add to Calendar03/09/2017 10:00:00 am03/09/2017 11:00:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesThe Bad Kids Social Cinema ScreeningJoin New America and ITVS for an advanced screening of clips from The Bad Kids followed by a discussion on the intractable problem of generational poverty and how public education can better support all students in our nation's schools. About the film: At a remote Mojave Desert high school, educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. At Black Rock High School, the methods are unique and the model is innovative: no punitive measures, no end-date, and no formal graduation. Employing a vérité approach during a year at the school, The Bad Kids follows Black Rock High School principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens – a new father who can't support his family; a young woman grappling with sexual abuse; and an angry young man from an unstable home – through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma. The film depicts how a radical approach to education can combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called "bad kids." America Foundation - Social Cinemamaya_churi+1@itvs.orgfalseMM/DD/YYYY
    Presented by: New America Foundation

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