“Transit” at SF Jewish Film Festival

Transit explores the plight of thousands of undocumented Filipinos working in Israel.

The 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns to the Bay Area July 24-August 10, 2014 at the Castro Theatre and Rayco Photo Center in San Francisco, the CinéArts Theatre in Palo Alto, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, The California Theatre in Berkeley, and the Grand Lake Theater and The New Parkway Theater in Oakland.  CAAM is proud to co-present director Hannah Espia’s debut film Transit

“It has been estimated that there are nearly 100,000 Filipinos currently working in Israel, around 30,000 of whom are doing so without proper documentation. In 2009, the government instituted tough changes in the citizenship status of foreign workers. Any child under the age of five now faces deportation. From this situation, director Hannah Espia and screenwriter Giancarlo Abrahan have crafted a troubling and deeply moving story of Filipino workers in Tel Aviv who scrape by at odd jobs, constantly on the lookout for police and immigration officers.”

Transit is the Philippines 2013 Oscar selection and captures the edgy plight of thousands of undocumented Filipinos, many of whom have known only Israel as home and whose children can speak only Hebrew.

For more information about Transit and the other programs in the 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, visit the SFJFF’s website, www.sfjff.org.


Friday, July 25 at 9 pm at the Castro Theatre
Tuesday, July 29 at 8:55 pm at Palo Alto Square
Sunday, August 10 at 6:35 pm at the Grand Lake Theater
Philippines, 2013, 92 minutes, English

Main image:  Still from Hannah Espia’s debut film Transit. Transit will play at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on July 25, July 29 and August 10.