The Season


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Explore the lives and works of some of the greatest Jewish writers:

Sholem Aleichem, Sholem Asch, David Grossman, Nicole Krauss,

Arthur Miller, Amos Oz, Isaace Basevis Singer, Art Spiegelman

7:30 PM Wednesday, October 25th
October 25 - December 10
various venues

Herman Wouk, Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth, Arthur Miller, and Michael Chabon are among the great writers and playwrights of the 20th and 21st centuries. All were winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and these and many more were also Jewish. The contributions of Jewish writers and the thread that binds them is the focus of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s LITERARY GEMS – JEWELS FROM AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE AND ISRAEL.

The ALL FILM pass is no longer available. Single film tickets are $10. There is no charge for talks by NICOLE KRAUSS, JEREMY DAUBER, and JESSICA COHEN, but tickets are required.


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"... lucid and exhilarating ..."
The New York Times Book Review

"... a richly layered masterpiece ..."
Financial Times

"... elegant, provocative ..."
Publisher's Weekly

7:30 PM Wednesday, October 25th
with Lois Rudnick
Unitarian Universalist Church

NICOLE KRAUSS joins in conversation with LOIS RUDNICK, Professor Emerita, American Studies to discuss Ms. Krauss latest book, FOREST DARK. Ms. Krauss is the author of the New York Times bestseller GREAT HOUSE which was a finalist for the National Book Award and Orange Prize, and THE HISTORY OF LOVE, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger.

In 2010 the New Yorker named Ms. Krauss to the Twenty Under Forty list. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Professor Rudnick is well-known to Santa Feans for her books on Mabel Dodge Luhan and courses she’s taught at Renesen. This event kicks of our LITERARY JEWELS series. A book signing follows the event.

From the Shtetl to New York

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Professor Dauber brings to life

the Eastern European Yiddishists and the

influence they had on generations to come.

7:30 PM Saturday, October 28th
Temple Beth Shalom

Sholem Aleichem may be the best known of the Jewish Eastern European writers but a panoply of writers from the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) and early 1900s contributed to the canon of Jewish inflected literature. Their influence is reflected today in the writings of authors from Philip Roth to Michael Chabon and most recently in the Tony award-winning play “Indecent”. Professor Jeremy Dauber brings life to these early writers and their legacies.

Jeremy Dauber is Professor of Yiddish Literature at Columbia University and Director of Columbia’s Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies. His newest book is JEWISH COMEDY – A SERIOUS HISTORY (forthcoming, Norton). Previous books include THE WORLDS OF SHOLEM ALEICHEM and ANTONIO’S DEVILS: WRITERS OF THE JEWISH ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN HEBREW AND YIDDISH LITERATURE.


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An engaging talk by the author

of "Jewish Comedy - A Serious HIstory"

forthcoming from Norton.

4:30 PM Sunday, October 29th
Temple Beth Shalom

From the Talmud to Woody Allen, from Jack Benny to Jerry Seinfeld, Professor Dauber traces Jewish humor in its many forms. He looks at the role of irony and satire and influences from Kierkegaard to Freud in this lively talk based on his forthcoming book “Jewish Comedy: A Serious History” (Norton, October 31, 2017). A book signing will follow his remarks.

Jeremy Dauber is Professor of Yiddish Literature at Columbia University and Director of Columbia’s Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies. Dauber’s previous books include THE WORLDS OF SHOLEM ALEICHEM and ANTONIO’S DEVILS: WRITERS OF THE JEWISH ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN HEBREW AND YIDDISH LITERATURE.



"one of the finest examples of Yiddish cinema."
J. Hoberman

" a symphony of contradictions beautifully orchestrated"

"a chance to see one of the century's finest actors"
The Village Voice

2:00 PM Sunday, November 5th
Intro by Dr. Gil Rebak
Center for Contemporary Arts

When poverty and persecution compel his Polish landsmen to leave their shtetl, “Uncle” Moses, the crude and lusty former butcher, welcomes them to the promised land of his Lower East Side clothing factory. A master in the harsh new American system, with its fourteen-hour workday, Moses attempts to reconstruct the lost harmony of the shtetl community in the paternalistic order of his sweatshop.


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"... sharp and hones ..."
The New York Times

"... a wonderful adaptation ..."
Time Out

WINNER! Golden Globe for Best Newcomer, Ali MacGraw

4:15 PM Sunday, November 5th
Center for Contemporary Arts

Based on Philip Roth’s award winning novella, GOODBYE, COLUMBUS is a delicious satire of the Jewish nouveau riche. Ali MacGraw in her debut major film role captures the archetypal Jewish American Princess, and Neil Klugman (Richard Benjamin) as a working class Rutger’s graduate is the perfect foil. Released in 1969, it is a reminder of the distance the Jew had come in America from the early days on the Lower East Side.



"... a moving and beautiful film ..."
Jewish Daily Forward

"... the film has a delicacy and poetry ..."

"...thoughtful, evocative ..."
The Sydney Morning Herald

11:00 AM Sunday, November 12th
Center for Contemporary Arts

THE NATURE OF DREAMS is the story of Israeli author Amos Oz, told in his own words. The film examines the society in which Oz lives and follows the biographical, literary, political and philosophical aspects of his personality. It is an Israeli narrative reflected through Oz’s literary gaze and exposes his love-hate relationship with Europe which had rejected his family.


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" a fresh way to examine a master storyteller"
Pittsburgh Gazette

"will fascinate anyone who has read (Singer's) works"
Hollywood Reporter

"... wonderful footage ..."
Huffington Post

1:30 PM Sunday, November 12th
CCA Studio

Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a ‘harem’ of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translation, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations.

Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to portray the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just like he charmed and enchanted his translators. A film about both the very art of translation and one of the great figures of twentieth century literature.



Man Booker International Prize Winner JESSICA COHEN - In Person

in conversation with Bonnie Ellinger, Ph.D.

3:30 PM Sunday, November 12th
with Bonnie Ellinger, Ph.D.
CCA Studio

Jessica Cohen, translator for Israeli author David Grossman and co-winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, joins us in conversation with Bonnie Ellinger, Ph.D. Applied Linguistics. Ms. Cohen will speak not only about the challenges of translating one language to another, but translating imagery and humor across cultures. Cohen shared the Man Booker Prize with Grossman for his book A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR. It’s a talk not to be missed.

Santa Fe resident Bonnie Ellinger is no stranger to the complexities of translation from Hebrew to English. She taught English at Israel’s Bar Ilan University for over twenty years, and has taught Hebrew in Santa Fe for many years.


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"... elegant and intimate ..."
The New York Times

"... a beautiful film ..."
Chicago Sun Times

"... emotionally impactful ..."
Film Inquiry

11:00 AM Sunday, November 19th
CCA Studio

A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is based on Amos Oz’s book of the same name. It is heartfelt rendering of his memories growing up in Jerusalem before the establishment of the State of Israel, and it’s a story of a family with hopes and dreams living through the terror of war. Amos Oz, one of Israel’s greatest writers, witnessed the birth of a nation as he came to terms with his own new beginning.

Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut with this film and also portrays Oz’s mother.