Potsdam Revisited: Overture to the Cold War

Date: Thursday, February 18

Location: Berkeley Branch

Artists-in-Residence Citizen Film are multimedia documentarians guided by the belief that well-crafted stories can provide audiences with a powerful means for engaging with culture and community. Citizen Film’s work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art – New York, LA County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn, the Whitney, and more.

This film screening and live performance will transport you to an extraordinary moment of intersection between history and music. There’s also a screening of “The Rifleman’s Violin,” a documentary directed by Citizen Film’s Sam Ball and produced by Abraham D. Sofaer.


Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets: $14 

Potsdam Revisited tells the story of Stuart Canin, a young Jewish GI from the Bronx, who in 1945 played a private concert for the Big Three – Truman, Stalin and Churchill as they prepared to negotiate the post-WWII fate of the world. Mr. Canin eventually became a renowned violinist and concertmaster of orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera, and his music is featured in films such as Schindler’s List, Titanic and Forrest Gump.

The screening will be followed by a performance by Mr. Canin recreating his concert for the Big Three, as well as a discussion with Canin and the filmmakers about their collaboration with the Hoover Institution on the Stuart Canin living history archive. 


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Photo Credit: "The Rifleman's Violin" directed by Sam Ball, Copyright Citizen Film 2015. 

An Evening with Sholem Aleichem

Date: Thursday, May 5

Location: Berkeley Branch

Join us for an evening of film and community celebrating the life and work of the most popular and, arguably, greatest Jewish writer of his day. To mark Sholem Aleichem’s yahrzeit – the 100th anniversary of his death – we present a special selection of short films and clips about and inspired by his life and work.

At the height of his popularity in the early 1900’s, 500,000 Jews pored over Aleichem’s weekly installments of serial novels in the young mass medium of newsprint. His close relationship with readers was similar to popular bloggers and their readers today, and his characters like Tevye the Dairyman (known for Fiddler on the Roof) remain etched in the popular psyche.

Following the screening, we’ll honor the writer’s ethical will requesting that his work continue to be read out loud, by the community.