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The EBIJFF presents the emotionally powerful drama Disobedience, which will stream online from November 3 through November 7.

Former director of the JCRC of the East Bay, Robert Jacobvitz, and Sheila Abranches, a descendant of Portuguese Consul General Aristides de Sousa Mendes, will explore the life of the late diplomat and his courageous efforts during WWII in to save Jewish lives. This presentation will be on Sunday, November 6, at 7 PM PDT.

June 1940 — A refugee crisis of historic proportions. Paris is occupied. Millions of refugees fleeing the advancing Nazi troops rush to Bordeaux, in the South of France. A veritable sea of humanity comes seeking passage to England, Spain, Portugal, and, by these routes, to America. An anxious crowd surrounds the Consulate of Portugal, an officially “neutral” nation. The Portuguese Consul, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, has been forbidden by his country’s Prime Minister Salazar to open Portugal’s borders to “undesirables” – specifically Jews, refugees from occupied countries, and “stateless” persons. The Consul, plunged into a moral crisis, takes to his bed for three days. Should he disobey and thus jeopardize his career and the safety of his family? When he emerges from his room, he announces his decision.

Admission including the film streaming and the speaker event: $10. Free for IJWC Year-round 2022-23 subscribers who will receive complimentary registration to both. Upon registration, you will receive an order confirmation which will include the Zoom link to the talk. You will receive a reminder a few minutes before the film begins streaming on Eventive. We will also send another reminder email with the Zoom link to join the speaker event an hour before it begins, from "IJWC Year-round Events." If you don't see these emails, please check your spam/junk folder to retrieve them. We suggest adding "noreply@eventive.org" to your contacts as well.

Sponsored by the EBIJFF.

Co-sponsor: CCJCC. In partnership with Cong. B’nai Shalom and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Underwritten by the Goodman Family Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. 

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  • Runtime
    104 minutes
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  • Note
    Original title: Désobéir (Aristides de Sousa Mendes)
  • Director
    Joël Santoni
  • Screenwriter
    Martine Chicot
  • Executive Producer
    Martine Chicot
  • Cast
    Bernard Le Coq, Nanou Garcia, Lionel Lingelser, Roger Souza, Frédéric Quiring
  • Cinematographer
    Jean-Francis Gondre
  • Editor
    Nicole Saunier
  • Production Design
    Laurence Brenguier
  • Music
    Serge Franklin