San Diego International Jewish Film Festival

In memory of JOY F. KNAPP, beloved aunt of Shane & Daniel Sollender and Griffin & Jonah Schulman 

An exclusive Underwriter on-site and virtual film screening of:
A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto 

ON-SITE · David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre | Sunday, August 15, 2021

3:15 pm Reception | 4:00 pm Screening

As of Tuesday, July 27, in adherence with the San Diego County Public Health and the CDC, masks are recommended in indoor public settings, whether you have been vaccinated or not. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

VIRTUAL SCREENING · Monday, August 16, 2021 | Streaming starts at 11:00 am

LIVE VIRTUAL PROGRAM with Film Director Giulio Base | Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 10:00 am


The discovery of a puzzling photograph sparks a student to probe the history of Rome’s Jewish ghetto and the fate of a little girl, in this Italian teen drama interlacing past and present. When Sofia finds a snapshot in an old suitcase, she’s mesmerized by the child’s picture. As details emerge, Sofia commits to honoring the girl’s memory by staging an original play with classmates and friends from a nearby Jewish high school. But first she must overcome objections of concerned parents. A talented ensemble injects youthful energy into this inspiring interfaith story about the importance of memory, coexistence and reconciling generational differences.

Director: Giulio Base | Italy | 2020 | 100 min | Italian with English Subtitles | Drama


October 1-3, 2021

The need for your support has never been greater. Your gift provides continuity to the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival (SDIJFF) and allows us to present the largest, world-class Jewish cultural event in San Diego, now in its 32nd year.

This is your opportunity to create conversation and community while socially distanced. Our transformed virtual experience will drive vibrant celebrations around film, connection, and Jewish culture. Please join us in sharing the joy that independent film delivers both individually and collectively. Without the ability to gather in person, this year’s festival will look and feel different; your gift ensures that the spirit of the film festival remains the same. Learn more!

2021 SDIJFF Audience Award Winners 

Audience Award- Best Documentary Feature

1. Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter

2. Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack

3. Hope in the Holy Land

Audience Award- Best Narrative Feature

1. The Keeper

2. Here We Are

3. The Crossing