CBI’s Adult Learning Committee presents a series of compelling films with Jewish themes.

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Cost of $10 per film includes beer/wine and refreshments.

The Lemon Tree  July 10th

Set in the West Bank, where Palestinian widow Salma Zidane tends her lemon grove. When Israeli Defense Minister Navon moves in across the way, his security guards demand she remove the trees, since they could shelter terrorists. Refusing to bow down, she engages lawyer Ziad Daud to take her case to Israel’s Supreme Court, which brings international attention.

The Zookeeper’s Wife  July 24th

This true-story drama opens in the Warsaw Zoo in 1939, flourishing under the stewardship of Jan and Antonia Zabinski. When Poland is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds of people from what became the Warsaw Ghetto.

Waltz with Bashir  August 7th

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed, and stars in an autobiographical film about his experience as a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon. Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but realizes that he has no memory of the event. In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories, including a PTSD psychologist and the first journalist to cover the massacre.

The Samuel Project  August 21st

Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, Eli discovers that his Jewish grandpa, a San Diego dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman.