The Season



"... fascinating! ..."

".. inspiring ..."

"A colorful portrait of Holocaust heroism."
The New Zealand Herold

3:30 PM Sunday, March 18th
Center for Contemporary Arts

MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE is an artist’s epic adventure into his family’s secret past. Artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother’s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz.

Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, packs his paints and easel, as he embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust. From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE is a richly layered, road movie starring artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains … and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!


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"... bruisingly powerful ..."

"... (a) gorgeous piece of work ..."

"... a grabber of an opener ..."
New York Times

11:00 AM Sunday, February 18th
Center for Contemporary Arts

Denounced by Israel’s Minister of Culture yet acclaimed by the critics, Director Samuel Moaz’s FOXTROT is one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated films. It’s blend of realism with surrealism pack a powerful punch.

FOXTROT is a story of mourning told against the backdrop of two traumatized generations by the Israeli military service. It is a remarkable film in its honesty, and an example of the soul searching often apparent in Israeli cinema. Maoz previous film was the critically acclaimed “Lebanon”. FOXTROT made its premier at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Silver Lion Award as well as the award for Best Film.

I’ve Gotta Be Me

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"... fast paced ..."
Hollywood Reporter

" with clips that convey the breadth of (Davis') talent."
Philadelphia Inquirer

"... delightful and entertaining ..."
The Jerusalem Post

11:00 AM Sunday, January 28th
Center for Contemporary Arts

Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.

Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.


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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.