Film, tv & radio

From “Yossi,” (above) Ohad Knoller (top left) as the lead character and Oz Zehavi as Tom, his new interest photo/courtesy of strand releasing.   From “The Gatekeepers,” Yuval Diskin, director of Israel’s domestic secret service agency from 2005-2011 photo/avner shahaf, courtesy of sony pictures classics

Israel on the big screen

Two Israeli movies will be opening in the Bay Area in the coming weeks.

“Yossi” catches up with the protagonist of the 2002 film “Yossi & Jagger.” Ten years after he lost his gay lover in a raid on Lebanon, Yossi has become Dr. Yossi Hoffman, but he remains closeted and unhappy — until he meets someone. The 84-minute drama is in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Opens Feb. 15 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco and the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.

“The Gatekeepers,” nominated for a 2013 Oscar as a documentary feature, consists of interviews with six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. The men discuss how they’ve come to appreciate a conciliatory approach to a two-state solution. The 95-minute film is in English and Hebrew.

Opens Feb. 22 at the Clay Theatre in San Francisco, Camera 3 in San Jose, Albany Twin in Albany and at CinéArts theaters in Mill Valley, Palo Alto and Pleasant Hill.



“Not in Tel Aviv.” Israeli dark comedy about a high school teacher who loses his job and has a breakdown. Part of S.F Independent Film Festival. At Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F. 9:30 p.m. Also Feb. 10 at 2:45 p.m. And Feb. 14 at Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. $10.


“The Jew and the Lotus.” PBS film based on the 1994 book about a historic dialogue between rabbis and the Dalai Lama. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. $18.


“Shifting Traditions.” Screening of movie on interfaith families, followed by discussion. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 10 a.m. Free.


“Freilach.” Jewish music and cultural radio show from Russian River area. KGGV 95.1 FM. 8 p.m. Stream at