Two “specials” in April and May.

Don’t miss the special talk, French Jewry: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with historian and author Dr. Robert Zaretsky and presented by the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society in association with the Santa Fe JFF. If you attended our screening of Being Jewish in France, the talk will fill in the gaps where the film left off. If you didn’t attend the screening, Dr. Zaretsky will be providing the historical context for understanding 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 special screening of the large format movie, Jerusalem in 3D at the Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque, followed by an interview with Director, Daniel Ferguson. This is Jerusalem as you’ve never seen it. Then stay for an Israeli buffet supper hosted by the JCC in Albuquerque. Don’t want to drive? We’ve arranged for optional round trip bus transportation.
    Mark your calendar: Sunday, May 4th, 4:00 PM,
    at the Museum of Natural History & Science in ABQ, tickets on sale on April 4.
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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