Dive in to activist and documentary cinema with a green film and conversation series presented by the Jewish Film Institute and Urban Adamah, co-presented by SF Green Film Festival.
The series kicks off on Thursday, November 12 at the Urban Adamah tent in Berkeley with There Once was an Island, followed on December 3 by the documentary How to Change the World (SFGFF 2015) at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center Screening Room in San Francisco. The series wraps on January 7 with an encore screening of American Commune, also in San Francisco.
Join us for popcorn and tea under the stars in Berkeley and drinks and nosh in the heart of San Francisco, as JFI presents film and encourages dialogue to take action.
All screenings are free and open to the public!
In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru, Stephen Gaskin, founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by a Jewish mother from Beverly Hills and a Puerto Rican father from the Bronx, filmmakers and sisters Rena and Nadine return for the first time since leaving in 1985. Finally ready to face the past after years of hiding their upbringing, they chart the rise and fall of America’s largest utopian socialist experiment and their own family tree. The nascent idealism of a community destroyed, in part, by its own success is reflected in the personal story of a family unit split apart by differences. American Commune finds inspiration in failure, humor in deprivation and, most surprisingly, that communal values are alive and well in the next generation.
Dirs. Rena Mundo Croshere, Nadine Mundo, United States, 90 min.
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