Documentary film has always played a significant role at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which is the oldest and largest such festival in the world. Over the years it has earned a national and international reputation for bold programming that takes on political and social issues. As an independent nonprofit arts organization, the SFJFF is able to screen a wide range of work and reach out to a broad – not solely Jewish – audience. Other U.S.-based Jewish film festivals are programs of Jewish community centers or institutions and are beholden to the policies and views of their organizations.
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