288 S Second St, San Jose, CA

San Jose Jazz Presents

Winter Fest: Counterpoint With Ukraine

In collaboration with San Jose Jazz, 3Below Theaters and San Jose Playhouse are proud to present seven events at 3Below as part of San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest. 

  • Homeward


    Having lost his elder son in the war, Mustafa needs to transfer his dead body to the homeland–Crimea. During this long and challenging trip, Mustafa tries to solve the innumerable problems and to find a common language with his younger son. On the way back home, the youngster becomes a man, finds his inner core and understands who he is. At the same time, the father learns to admit his mistakes and apologize for them. Having lost the one they both loved, the father and the son grow genuinely close to each other.

    Wednesday February 15: 6:20pm
    Thursday February 16: 4:30pm
    Thursday February 16: 8:15pm
    Friday February 17: 6:20pm
    Saturday February 18: 4:45pm
    Sunday February 19: 4:35pm


    Vodurudu (meaning: Will, Thought, Movement, Spirit) is a folk-improvisational film-ballet, the origins of which are environment and time. This film is an act of revival of national culture, through the expressiveness of such independent elements of folk art as music and dance, displayed in the frame of the film, that transforms their action into a dynamic picture that will be tested only by faith and time.

    Wednesday February 22: 4:00pm
    Wednesday February 22: 7:00pm
    Thursday February 23: 4:00pm
    Thursday February 23: 7:00pm
    Friday February 24: 4:00pm
    Friday February 24: 7:00pm
    Saturday February 25: 1:15pm
    Sunday February 26: 3:00pm
  • Roses. Film Cabaret


    Roses. Film-Cabaret is a documentary cinéma vérité, following the Dakh Daughters–an intellectual freak cabaret band created by seven actresses under the roof of Kyiv experimental contemporary theater, Dakh. The video diary spans almost five years, following Dakh Daughters from their first show titled Roses – after their first popular song ‘Rozy / Donbas’, written long before Donbas region became the war-torn zone of the so called “Russian Spring.” Roses. Film-Cabaret is about being an artist under extreme conditions of the pain and loss, realizing that during the war a natural self-defense would be creation–in art as well as in terms of motherhood.

    Wednesday February 22: 5:30pm
    Wednesday February 22: 8:30pm
    Thursday February 23: 5:30pm
    Thursday February 23: 8:30pm
    Friday February 24: 5:30pm
    Friday February 24: 8:30pm
    Saturday February 25: 2:45pm
    Sunday February 26: 1:30pm
    Sunday February 26: 4:30pm
  • Shorts by Maya Deren |
    Accompanied by Olesya Zdorovetska


    A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945), Silent, B/W, 2 min 30
    Ritual in Transfigured Time (1945-46), Silent, B/W, 16 min
    Meditation on Violence (1948), B/W, 13 min, with Ch’ao Li Chi. Chinese flute and Haitian drum arranged by Maya Deren
    The Very Eye of Night ( 1952-55), B/W, 15 min, Choreography by Anthony Tudor, with students of Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. Music by Teiji Ito

    For this special event, we present four short experimental films, all of which will be accompanied live by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Olesya Zdorovetska.

    Saturday, February 25: 4:30pm
  • Stop-Zemlia


    An introverted high-school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider except when she is hanging around with Yana and Senia who share her non-conformist status. While she is trying to navigate through an intense time of the pre-graduation year, Masha falls in love, forcing her to leave her comfort zone. From a Ukrainian first-time director Kateryna Gornostai, a deeply personal story about self-discovery and the patience it requires.

    Wednesday March 1: 3:00pm
    Thursday March 2: 6:30pm
    Fri March 3: 2:30pm
    Saturday March 4: 6:30pm
    Sunday, March 5: 2:30pm
  • The Earth Is Blue As An Orange


    To cope with the daily trauma of living in a war zone, Anna and her children are making a film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings.

    Wednesday March 1: 5:15pm
    Thursday March 2: 8:45pm
    Fri March 3: 4:45pm
    Saturday March 4: 8:45pm
    Sunday, March 5: 4:45pm
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

    SCHEDULE UPDATE: We are sorry to announce that this film has had to be pulled from our schedule due to ongoing technical difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


    Tickets are available online in advance by selecting an event below or at-the-door at the theater (pending availability.) If events are sold out, a notice will be posted here.

    Advance recommendations are recommended to ensure seating. There is no difference in pricing if tickets are reserved online or at the theater.

    SCHEDULE ALERT: We apologize for any inconvenience but due to technical challenges, the Wed Feb 15 4:30pm and 8:15pm screenings of “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” has been cancelled. All other showings are expected to happen as publicized. Thank your for your understanding.