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Best of the Fest: The Sign for Love

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Osher Marin JCC

200 North San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

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In his heartfelt documentary, co-director and subject Elad Cohen explores the meaning and experience of family. Growing up deaf and gay in a family of hearing people, Cohen never felt at home and always felt alone. That feeling of estrangement was exacerbated during his adolescence by the sudden death of his mother and the subsequent rift with his father as the family scattered in different directions. Cohen creates a sense of family with a small group of friends, including his best friend, Yaeli, a deaf woman. While he wants a child and a life partner, he fears that he won’t find the right man in the small deaf community in his “sweet little country.” Sharing a desire with Yaeli to be parents, the new “couple” decide to have a child in a shared parenting arrangement. Clips from Cohen’s childhood are interspersed with footage of family members and friends and his day-to-day life. As new parents, they soon realize the naïveté in their expectations about bringing up a baby together. Their journey reveals the challenges of parenting, the bias against deaf individuals and the intricacies of human relationships. Ultimately their newborn helps Cohen become a more complete person and allows him to mend his relationship with his own father.

Iris Ben Moshe, El-Ad Cohen | Israel | Documentary | 75 min

Official Selection, 2017 Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

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BEST OF THE FEST FILM SCHEDULE

If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present three films that represent the best from Season 38 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Jan 16: Blue Note Records

Jan 30: The Sign for Love

Feb 13: Satan & Adam (with filmmaker's Q&A!)

*Concessions sold at each film screening

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