Only Human (Spain 2004)
Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Library • 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
The Jewish Film Class: Focus on the Family
Family is at the center of Jewish life, sometimes for better or worse. This series will look at the presentation of Jewish families in three films, with a tilt towards the dysfunctional.
Taught by Library Director Howard Freedman. Films will be shown in video projection.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 7 PM
Only Human (Spain, 2004)
This screwball comedy follows Leni as she brings her boyfriend Rafi to her Jewish family’s Madrid apartment to meet her neurotic mother, newly observant brother, promiscuous sister, eccentric grandfather, and largely absent father. Chaos ensues, put into motion by Leni’s revelation that Rafi is Palestinian, and by Rafi’s accidentally dropping a container of frozen soup on the head of a man several stories below.
85 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 7 PM
Broken Wings (Israel, 2002)
A recently widowed Haifa mother and her children struggle to function as a family in the aftermath of their loss. With the mother working night shifts to make ends meet, the resentful teenaged daughter is forced to assume the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings. When she shirks her duties on one occasion, the fragile family is thrown into another crisis.
84 minutes, in Hebrew with English subtitles.
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 7 PM
Radio Days (USA, 1987)
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Radio Days is best known as Woody Allen’s warm and nostalgic tribute to the 1940s, when radio was central to American life. But its strength emerges through its compelling vignettes from the everyday lives of an extended working class Jewish family in Queens.
utes, in Spanish with English subtitles.