The onscreen violence isn't limited to athletes complying with codified rules, needless to say. Punches and counter-punches have typified the Israeli-Palestinian relationship in recent years, and the fest's typically strong selection of docs provides an illuminating and frustrating snapshot. Hot House, which provides face time to a range of Palestinians doing time in Israeli prisons, will shake your sympathies and biases regardless of which way you lean. Another Israeli-made portrait, 9 Star Hotel, diligently exposes the plight of a shadowy band of Palestinian laborers working illegally in Israel and living rough in the hills.
If, like that nice Jewish girl Carly Simon, you haven't got time for the pain, the fest offers several peripatetic comedies from France, Germany, Mexico, and the U.S., and a trove of music films that hit every note from Arabic to classical to rock. Knock yourself out (as the boxing metaphor goes) enjoying the lighter fare, for there's something for every taste. But if you want our considered opinion, don't skip the bare-knuckles stuff. This year, the S.F. Jewish Film Festival is the place to go if you're looking for a fight.
Today's screenings start at 11:30 a.m. with I Am You Are at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), S.F. Admission is $9-11.