The Kingdom of Survival
Castro Theatre – Mon. July 23rd at 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley Roda Theatre – Sat. August 4th at 3:05 p.m.
The Mechanics’ Institute is pleased to announce the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival taking place July 19 – August 6, 2012.
M.A. Littler’s film is one part travelogue and one part paean to eight radical thinkers who have tried to make the world a better place. If you are uncomfortable with questioning capitalism, then stay home and check your investments online. If you are interested in questioning authority as a form of tikkun olam, then this beautifully shot and well-crafted exploration of religion, academia, alternative media, utopianism, anarchism and globalized capitalism is for you. Littler, dressed like Johnny Cash, jumps in his car and turns his headlights and his intellect towards radical alternative perspectives on the 21st century and the state of democracy in America. A strength of the film is the diversity of thought and geographical location of his subjects, who include linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky; Virginia-based Joe Bageant, a child and scholar of the white working class; Idaho-based Mike Oehler, a pioneering architect of “underground housing”; Nebraskan Bob Meisenbach, a leader of the 1960 student protests in San Francisco against the House Un-American Activities Committee; and Berkeley-based British journalist Sasha Lilley, host of KPFA’s Against the Grain. Thoughtfully chosen and carefully researched archival footage of union marches and the war in Vietnam provide political insights into the rich history of political struggles in the United States.—Nancy K. Fishman
Box office opens June 22nd (June 19th for Jewish Film Forum members). All-Festival passes, discount cards and special prices for students and seniors are available now. For ticket information, please contact the box office at 415.621.0523 or visit the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival online at www.sfjff.org