Three “specials” in April and May.

Don’t miss the special talk, French Jewry: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with historian and author Dr. Robert Zaretsky. Find out about the situation of Jews in France today.
    Save the date: Sunday, April 27th, 4:00 PM at Temple Beth Shalom,
    tickets available at the door.
 In May, join us for an extraordinary event, a a screening of the large format movie, Jerusalem in 3D at the Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque, followed by an interview with the Director and an optional Israeli buffet supper. Don’t want to drive? Round trip bus transportation is available.
    Mark your calendar: Sunday, May 4th, 4:00 PM,
    at the Museum of Natural History & Science in ABQ.

See the documentary Praying in Her Own Voice about the Women of the Wall with special guest Rabbi Deborah Brin.
    Save the date: Sunday, May 18th, 11:00 AM at the CCA Studio,
    tickets on sale now.

Precious LifeFirst “satellite” screening is a major success! The Santa Fe JFF launched the first of its “satellite” screenings with the award winning documentary, Precious Life, March 9th, at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos. The Los Alamos Jewish Center hosted a post-film reception for an audience that exceeded expectations.

Looking Back

Israel-Upside-DownLast season broke all records with the sixteenth consecutive film we’ve screened in Santa Fe with standing room only and a new summer series, “Cool Films for Hot Days”. We also introduced two new film “genres”. The first, “Israel Upside Down and Sideways” highlighted films with different perspectives on the issues facing Israel today. Selections included the Israeli film and U.S. Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, The Gatekeepers. The second genre, “Cinema Classics”, shined a light on films considered cinematic masterpieces and/or archival treasures. Our selection was the Yiddish masterpiece, Tevye, a film Pasatiempo called a “Cinema Gem”.

Arnon_Goldfinger Our post-film programming added depth and dimension. We interviewed Arnon Goldfinger, Director of the Israeli Academy Award winner The Flat, Shlomi Eldar, Director of the award winning film Precious Life, and counter-terrorism expert, Amos Guiora, among others. A post-film supper with Mid East analyst Elliot Chodoff provided additional opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the narrative feature film Brothers, winner of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival’s Audience Award.

FlexPass-croppedOur new FlexPass, which provides savings over individual ticket prices and the ability to reserve in advance, proved extremely popular. We will be offering it again in the Fall. We also offered opportunities to sponsor or underwrite a film and to receive free tickets with donations of $125 or more.

Looking Forward

Our fourth season continues to bring films that entertain, engage and inform. The season opened on October 12th with Defiant Requiem, an extraordinary documentary about a young choral conductor imprisoned at Terezin, the choral group he formed that performed Verdi’s Requiem on 16 occasions, and the Catholic Mass that gave hope and strength to the Jewish prisoners. Over sixty years later, Conductor Murry Sidlin returned to Terezin to conduct a memorial concert of the Requiem. The story of the concert is also told in the film, and Conductor Sidlin will be joining us in person for the screening.

A Mini Festival of New Israeli Cinema, special events and more are just part of what’s in store for Season Four.

If you are interested in sponsoring or underwriting a film or would like to be on our e-mail list for future announcements, please contact us.

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