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See a Film.

See the World.

Hear New Voices.

We Are Going Virtual This Year

While the pandemic has kept film lovers away from in-theatre movie watching, our audience has nevertheless expanded and our online programming has been enthusiastically received. Through the power of modern technology, we have increased our community to include many new film fans, and brought more directors, actors and other film-related speakers into our world than ever before.


Before the pandemic, our parent organization, the Independent Jewish World Cinema (IJWC), presented two types of programming each year: our regular in-person Film Festival in March and Betweens. The latter have included screenings and/or speakers scheduled between our festivals. In 2020-2021, the IJWC has been pivoting to online events and will be presenting year-round programming in addition to a Virtual EBIJFF in April.  


With the ease and convenience of streaming online, we’ve been able to continue our mission of entertaining and educating through film. Eytan Fox’s Sublet took us to Tel Aviv where we were introduced to two wonderfully engaging characters, and Sarah Thomas’ A Call to Spy celebrated the resilience of a courageous group of WWII female spies. Fred Rosenbaum’s  “Around the World with Fred” series garnered rave reviews. (Look for more of Fred’s insights this winter and spring!)


During 2020, we have also moved closer to our traditional community partners and international film 

distributors as we support each other during these extraordinary--and challenging--times. We know that we are not alone in wanting to keep the magic of film alive. Since social distancing became the standard, we have welcomed new voices that have put our films into their historic and cultural context and deepened our understanding of many of the issues raised by movies in general.


As we write this, we are looking forward to several new series in the coming months and a virtual Film Festival in April. Little did we know last year when we expanded our innovative “Betweens” programming that “Betweens” events would become the focus of our collaborative efforts in 2020-2021.  


We thank all of you who are journeying with us as we “alter our sails,” and especially thank our sponsors whose generosity has allowed us to provide most of our events free of charge. A special thank you to Nilly Keren-Paz and Claire Vaserman who have guided us through these new technological challenges. While it’s not always been easy or gone without glitches, we are proud that we continue to innovate and provide much appreciated content that has enriched the community. 


We wish everyone health, peace of mind and a film-full 2021.

Debra Levin, President

Independent Jewish World Cinema

Riva Gambert, Director

East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

December 2020


Independent Jewish World Cinema

PO Box 4869

Walnut Creek, CA 94596