Breaking Home Ties at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Live score by Steve Berlin, Scott Amendola, Gretchen Gonzales and Adam Dorn

Back on the big screen after 100 years, the long-thought-lost silent era drama was discovered in a Berlin archive and lovingly rescued and restored to its original glory by The National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF). Presented in collaboration with Reboot Studios and NCJF, the screening of Breaking Home Ties will feature live musical accompaniment led by 12-time Grammy-nominated musician Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and award-winning musicians Scott Amendola, Gretchen Gonzales, and Adam Dorn.

David Bergmann, a young man who flees pre-revolutionary Russia for New York City, thinks he’s committed a terrible crime. His parents follow, but are unable to locate their son, who is hiding from his past. The rigors of immigrant life take their toll and David must reckon with his prior decisions. Made by Jewish filmmakers George K. Rolands and Frank N. Seltzer to combat 1920s antisemitism, this timeless tale movingly captures the arc of Jewish immigrants adapting to American life. Breaking Home Ties will be an unforgettable experience for film enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

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