CARLSBAD — The San Diego Jewish Film Festival, announces its 23rd season with an 11-day run, Feb. 7 through Feb. 17, featuring 47 films and shorts from 10 different countries.A special three-day showing at Carlsbad’s Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane on Feb.12 through Feb. 14 spotlights seven films. Call (858) 362-1348 for details or visit sdcjc.org/sdjff/ for more information and tickets.
The event will include:
— “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir,” 5 p.m. Feb. 12, Dove Library. Filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau, a close friend of the legendary director since 1964, sits down with Roman Polanski and together they discuss in detail his life, times, and tragedies, from his heartbreaking childhood in the Warsaw and Krakow ghettos through the murder of his pregnant wife at the hands of the Manson Family to his exile in France and eventual house arrest in Switzerland.
— “Closed Season,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Dove Library. Adult content prompts viewer discretion.
In one of the more unique Holocaust films ever shot, as the film delivers an engaging tale of how wartime, like politics, can indeed make for strange bedfellows. The tale unfolds throughout WWII and into the 1970s.
— “Under African Skies,” is a free showing at 6 p.m. Feb. 13, Dove Library. Twenty-five years ago, Paul Simon’s “Graceland” revealed the passion and the music of South Africa. Under African Skies documents the singer’s return to South Africa and reveals the unknown, startling backstory of breaking the UN boycott of South Africa, creating political backlash, and more.
— “Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York,” 8:15 p.m., Feb. 13, Dove Library
The Photo League of New York City helped keep its causes—labor rights, racial equality, and, freedom, liberty and justice for all—front and center in the minds of New Yorkers and the world.
— “Joe Papp in Five Acts,” shown with short subject, “The Pitch,” 5 p.m. Feb 14, Dove Library. Papp is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare in the Park.
— “A Bottle in the Sea of Gaza,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Dove Library. When Tal puts a letter in a bottle — a letter in which she beseeches anyone for a path to peace for the Israel/Palestine conflict—and throws it into the Sea of Gaza, her correspondence with Naim begins.