Series to show Jewish films from around the world

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It will be shown with "Silence," from the United Kingdom. The 1998 film tells of a woman's experience as a child survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

"Shuly's Fiancé" will follow in the series, screening at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 with repeat screenings at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 20 and 21.

The romantic farce was filmed in Israel in 1997. In the film, a family waits for its youngest daughter's boyfriend to come and ask for Shuly's hand in marriage. A stranger arrives instead.

"Shuly's Fiancé" will share the bill with "Out for Love…Be Back Shortly," also shot in Israel in 1997. Dan, a reserve Israeli paratrooper, yearns to fall in love and meets someone who is leaving for military service.

"The Deserter's Wife" will screen at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The French-Israeli film from 1992 tells of a husband who returns to his wife, wounded and broken from duty in the West Bank.

"Hannah," filmed in Austria in 1996, will screen at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27 and 28. The political thriller tells of Hannah, a Jewish public relations agent, who is pulled into a deadly game.

"Yana's Friends" is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 3 and 4. The 1998 Israeli romantic comedy is set against the backdrop of the Gulf War and the massive immigration of Russians to Israel.

For kids, "Aaron's Magic Village" will screen at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 with "In the Month of Kislev." The former is a 1997 film from France, Hungary and the United States. In the film, Aaron, his pet goat and an imp take on a sorcerer and his golem (an android of Jewish legend) in order to save the world's most foolish village. It is based on stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer and narrated by Fyvush Finkel.

The latter film was shot in 1994 in the United States. Every day during Chanukah, the children of a poor shtetl family stop in front of a rich merchant's house to enjoy the aroma of latkes. The merchant angrily takes the family before the rabbi to demand payment for their enjoyment.

Sponsors include the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater San Jose, plus a dozen other organizations. Tickets begin at $5. For information, call (408) 793-5222.