When: Sat., Feb. 13, Sun., Feb. 14, Mon., Feb. 15, Tue., Feb. 16 and Wed., Feb. 17 2016
Generating the most buzz in the San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, because of its ambiguous ending, is Mountain, shown Tuesday, February 16. It is the story of an Orthodox woman living beside the vast cemetery on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, and her distinctly unorthodox behavior. Playing host to the festival again, the Embassy is the only movie theater in San Antonio in which, during a five-day span, it is possible to see new releases from France, Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The festival’s 15th annual edition offers 13 works — fiction and nonfiction, feature-length and shorts — never before screened in the Alamo City. The festival kicks off Saturday evening with Sabena Hijacking, a taut re-enactment of how in May, 1972, Sabena Flight 571 was commandeered and its passengers held hostage. Monday brings Once in a Lifetime, the story of how a gifted teacher brings out the best in her disadvantaged students by challenging them to imagine themselves caught up in one of the worst episodes of recent history, the Holocaust. Screened Wednesday, February 17, Welcome to Leith documents the attempt by Craig Cobb, an Aryan supremacist, to take control of a North Dakota town.
Price: $8 per film