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‘No Place on Earth’

As Nazis rounded up Jews in Ukraine in 1942, a group of families found that their only option was to hide underground. Over the next 21⁄2 years, they hid in two caves, with teenage boys and young men venturing outside for food and essential supplies. Some women and children remained underground for 344 days. “No Place on Earth,” a documentary with re-enactments, tells the story of the
survivors and Chris Nicola (pictured), the cave explorer who stumbled upon their story.

Opens Friday, April 12 at Embarcadero Center Cinema, S.F., and Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, Berkeley.


“Otto Frank: Father of Anne.” Documentary on the life of Otto Frank. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7 p.m. Free, donations accepted. (415) 586-8833.

“Koran by Heart.” Documentary follows three 10-year-olds as they participate in a competition to study the Koran. Part of the Muslim Journeys series. At Or Shalom Jewish Community, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“Rescue in the Philippines.” Documentary about 1,200 German and Austrian Jews who escaped the Nazis by immigrating to the Philippines. At New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F. 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Free. Also April 8 on KQED World at 2 and 8 a.m. Also April 9 on KRCB TV-Channel 22 at 9 p.m. (See story, 6)


“Iraq ’n’ Roll.” Documentary on Israeli rock musician Dudu Tassa’s journey to reconnect to the musical legacy of his grandfather and his grandfather’s brother, composers in Iraq in the 1930s who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $8-$12.


“The Ger Mandolin Orchestra.” Work-in-progress documentary on the recreation of pre–World World II Jewish mandolin orchestra. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“Aimée and Jaguar.” Drama about a wartime relationship between a Jewish woman and the wife of a Nazi officer. At Congregation B’nai Israel, 1256 Nebraska St., Vallejo. 6:30 p.m. $10. [email protected].


“The Ritchie Boys.” Documentary on a special U.S. military unit during World War II composed mainly of German-speaking Jewish immigrants. Followed by talk by professor Eric Gattmann, one of the “Ritchie Boys.” At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 3 p.m. Free.


“Jews & Money.” Documentary on the 2006 kidnapping, torture and killing of a young Jewish cellphone salesman in Paris. Followed by discussion with filmmaker. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $8-$12.