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Aaron Davidman in the movie based on his one-man show, "Wrestling Jerusalem"

Film plus conversation in new S.F. series

The S.F.-based Jewish Film Institute will launch a pair of film series programs in February and March, starting with an encore screening of “Wrestling Jerusalem,” which premiered last year at the institute’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Based on the one-man play written by and starring local actor/playwright Aaron Davidman, “Wrestling Jerusalem” will screen at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater in San Francisco, followed by a conversation with Davidman and KQED’s Michael Krasny.

The screening is part of a partnership between the film institute and Independent Television Service called “Talk Amongst Yourselves,” a series about Jewish culture and film.

In addition, the Jewish Film Institute will present “Best of the Fest” encore screenings of four films at the Osher Marin JCC, each shown at last summer’s film festival. They are: “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” on Feb. 1, “False Flag” on Feb. 8, “Shtisel” on Feb. 15, and “Germans and Jews” on Feb. 22.

In March, JFI will present WinterFest 2017, a mix of nine feature films and documentaries, as well as a panel discussion. The selected films will be announced next month. The screenings take place March 4-5 at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater and the Roxie Theater.

For information and tickets, go to jfi.org.