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See the World.

Hear New Voices.

We're Bringing You More Inspiring for 2022

Welcome to the Independent Jewish World Cinema (IJWC), the parent non-profit of the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. In response to the popularity of our between-Festival events and the generosity of community members, we’ve increased our programming to include the Around the World with Fred series, film-related lectures, and film analysis by Galit Roichman as well as Lynne Thorner. Thus, the IJWC sponsors more than a one week-a-year program. We are presenting in-depth content on a monthly basis that will expand your understanding and appreciation of cinema.  

Due to the present surge in Covid-19 cases and thus the continuation of social-distancing restrictions, the IJWC Board voted to again present our Festival virtually in March. We feel that this is the correct decision to make at this time. Hopefully as the pandemic lessens over the coming months, we will be able to return to more and more in-person experiences while still presenting many programs online with speakers who live outside our immediate area.  

A virtual Festival allows our audience to “see the world” from the comfort of their homes as well as enjoy considerable savings as the pass and ticket prices are per household. Our online Festival also provides a major benefit—ten scholars who will place individual films into their historic and societal context.  

Our being able to bring YOU this quality content is due to the generosity of our individual, corporate and organizational donors and our hard-working tech team. If possible, please consider making a donation as ticket sales account for less than 35% of our costs. 

Donate here! 

We will be bringing you films and speakers each month, so check out REEL TALK, our weekly e-newsletter, for their dates and times. If you are not already getting it, sign up to stay in touch.

Once again, thank you for joining us as we continue to pivot during these extraordinary and challenging times.  Your enthusiasm for our programming helps us build community through the power of film.

Margaret Winter, President
Independent Jewish World Cinema

Riva Gambert, Director

East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

January 2022