2016 Films

Saturday, October 22nd at 1 pm

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley

Terminal Device (Canada, 2015)

Written, Directed, and Produced by Ross Turnbull

The cinema loves the one-armed bad guy, but just who is Captain Hook? Terminal Device is an autobiographical essay and an inquiry into cinematic representation. Refracted through pop cultural images, the director’s story as one of the men with hooks acquires unexpected resonance. 
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Supersonic (England, 2014)

Directed by Samuel Dore, Written by Cihan Narin, Produced by Maverick Litchfield-Kelly
Best of Festival, Short

Isaac has been going off the rails since his father left years ago. He looks up to the local mechanic as a surrogate father figure until his estranged father returns with a startling secret.
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Yam’s Journey (Israel, 2015)

Directed, Written, and Produced by Rubi Gat

At the age of nine months, Yam was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. After the initial shock, his father Rubi promised himself that he’d try to bring him up “like any other kid.” The film depicts with humor and a bit of pain the difficulties in fulfilling that promise as father and son travel through Europe on Yam’s bar mitzvah trip (Yam means ‘a sea’ in Hebrew). 

Saturday, October 22nd at 6 pm

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley

Double Discrimination (England, 2015)

Written and Directed by Rinkoo Barpaga
Disability Justice Award

This personal documentary examines whether racism exists in the deaf community, told from Rinkoo’s personal background and perspective.

Best and Most Beautiful Things (United States, 2015)

Written and directed by Garrett Zevgetis; Produced by Ariana Garfinkel, Jeff Consiglio, Garrett Zevgetis, and Jordan Salvatoriello
Best of Festival, Feature

In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in the most unexpected of places: a provocative fringe community.
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Sunday, October 23rd at 1 pm

The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Zoufs (Belgium, 2015)

Written and Directed by Tom Boccara, Noe Reutenauer, and Emilien Vekemans; Produced by Jean-Yves and Cassandre Waranauts

The sun is about to rise. Up on the roof, Michel sees everything, hears everything, and feels everything. The view is passing by. Down in the city, seven extraordinary characters go through the day. Here comes the moon now, and it looks like a banana!

The Right To Be Rescued (United States, 2015)

Directed by Jordan Melograna, Produced by Jordan Melograna and Mark Stroh
Advocacy Award

The Right to Be Rescued is a short documentary about the impact of natural disasters on people with disabilities. This documentary tells the story of those disabled people left behind in Hurricane Katrina and what New Orleans and other cities are doing to make sure it never happens again.

Like If… (Italy, 2014)

Directed by Daniele Bonari; Written by Michele Squillace

An unlikely heroine must deal with a particular epidemic; will she alone be able to save the world?
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The Sea Reminds Me (England, 2013)

Directed by Ray Jacobs, Jonathan Tritton; Written by Ray Jacobs, Mervyn Bradley, and Jonathan Tritton

Mark, a disabled man who cannot come to terms with his father’s death, is yearning for real touch and connections. He is drawn to a Welsh seaside town, a place haunted with childhood memories. 
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Hear Me (France, 2015)

Written and Directed by Nicolas Coquet; Produced by Thierry Etienne, Anne Etienne, Nicolas Capdeville, and Nicolas Coquet

Marisol, a young deaf woman raised by a mother who has always denied her deafness, finally empowers herself when she meets the Deaf community.

Awake (England, 2015)

Written and Directed by Michael Achtman, Produced by Caglar Kimyoncu
Liane Yasumoto Jury’s Choice Award

Anna, a woman living with Multiple Sclerosis is visited by Doreen, a door-to-door proselytizer who makes herself at home and stays the day, slowly defrosting her non-welcome. Together they walk in the park, bake a chocolate cake, and watch an Ingmar Bergman film.
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