The Season


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"... intelligent ...."

"... handsomely shot ..."
Hollywood Reporter

WINNER! Best Feature Film
Jerusalem Film Festival

7:00 PM Sunday, September 10th
Center for Contemporary Arts


In this astonishingly haunting film, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface in a quaint village that’s ultimately forced to face up to its “ill-gotten gains” from the Second World War.

On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.” The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.



"... charming ..."
The Village Voice

"... beguiling ..."

"... captivating ..."
Los Angeles Times

7:30 PM Thursday, August 24th
Pre-film dessert reception: 6:30 PM
Center for Contemporary Arts


Harold and Lillian Michelson are two of the best-known names in Hollywood that you have likely never heard of. Their work left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and more. Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the influential yet largely uncredited contributions of storyboard artist Harold and researcher Lillian. The charming love story of these two Hollywood figures is tenderly told through a mix of love letters, film clips and interviews with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, and paints a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of their talents.



"staggering ... breathtaking"
Wall Street Journal

"A great story ... a very rare treat."
Huffington Post

"Takes audiences on (a) journey."
Chicago Reader

7:00 PM Tuesday, July 25th
JCC of Greater ABQ
with special guest Robert Shlaer

Coming to the ABQ Jewish Film Fest!

It’s a real life adventure story of the American West with a most unlikely character taking center stage. In 1853 Solomon Carvalho, an observant Sephardic Jew who had never saddled his own horse, accompanied the famed explorer John Fremont on Fremont’s Fifth Westward Expedition and became one of the first photographers to document the far West.

The new documentary, CARVALHO’S JOURNEY, is the story of Carvalho’s harrowing adventure, one that took him from New York to California, passing through New Mexico on the way. Carvalho’s daguerreotypes captured the sweeping vistas of the rough and tumble West, and his best-selling memoir of 1867 left a vivid record of the journey itself. The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival is presenting the regional premier of CARVALHO’S JOURNEY at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 20th at CCA. Santa Fe resident Robert Shlaer, who retraced parts of that journey and recreated many of Carvalho’s daguerreotypes, will be at the screening to share his insights about this piece of history.


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"How can ... it not inspire?"
The Denver Post

" ... an exploration of the importance of words

and language in a free democracy ..."

5:00 PM Sunday, August 6th
Q and A with guest author
James McGrath Morris
Center for Contemporary Arts

SOLD OUT – Wait List Only

THE PULITZER AT 100 tells the story of this prestigious prize through the riveting stories of the artists who have won it. Pulitzer prize winning journalists Carl Bernstein, Nick Kristof, Thomas Friedman, and David Remnick; authors Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, Tony Kushner, and Ayad Akhtar; and musicians Wynton Marsalis, David Crosby, and John Adams, among others, share their experiences. Pulitzer prize winning works are read by Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Liev Schreiber, John Lithgow and Yara Shahidi.

Equally inspiring is the life of Pulitzer himself. Authors Theodore Glasser, James McGrath Morris, Roy Harris and others provide insight into the career of a man who was raised in a Jewish Hungarian home, came on his own to America not speaking English and rose to the highest ranks of journalism.

Mr. Morris, who is featured in the film, will be joining us at the screening. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “Pulitzer, A Life in Politics, Print and Power”.

Special guest author James McGrath Morris


Jason Loik retouches the ceiling painting of the Gwoździec after the installation in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland, 2013.

" a spectacular tribute"
Deborah Lipstadt, Historian

" an inspiring documentary "
Cleveland Jewish News

" The intrepid couple who restored a gem of a Polish synagogue ..."
Times of Israel

5:00 PM Tuesday, July 11th
Special guests
artists/educators Laura & Rick Brown
Center for Contemporary Arts


Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, yet they set out to rebuild Gwodziec, a magnificent wooden eighteenth century synagogue in Poland that was later destroyed by the Nazis. Their vision inspires hundreds of people to join them, using their hands, old tools and techniques to bring Gwodziec’s history, culture, science, and art back to life.

Filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky’s beautifully photographed and rendered film RAISE THE ROOF, tells the story of this remarkable 10 year project against the backdrop of the 1000 year history of Jews in Poland.

RAISE THE ROOF has been generously sponsored by Season Underwriter Ellen Romm Lambert with additional support for Film Underwriter Joan Vernick in memory of Louis Erhard and Edith Garfield

Photo: Copyright Trillium Studios. Photo and film, courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film;



"... touching ..."
Huffington Post

"A gentle human comedy."
The New York Times

"... compelling ..."

5:00 PM Wednesday, June 14th
Center for Contemporary Arts


The critics agree, this standout feature film at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is not to be missed. Filmed in the heart of one of New York’s ultra-Orthodox communities, MENASHE is the story of a father struggling to keep custody of his son. Filmed in Yiddish (with English subtitles) and loosely based on the real life of the main character, MENASHE is a unique look into an otherwise closed world. It is a tender film of love and faith and the struggle to balance both, with a back story that makes you wonder how the film ever got made.


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"... joyous ..."

"... a surprisingly good feel comedy ..."
Hollywood Reporter

"... smoothly directed ..."
Los Angeles Times

5:00 PM Friday, May 19th
Optional Friday Night Dinner at Midtown Bistro at 7:00 PM
Center for Contemporary Arts


Israel’s number one film of the year is coming to Santa Fe as part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s new Cinema Bistor, movies and dinner. THE WOMEN’S BALCONY, which was nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards, is a light-hearted story that pits a determined group of Orthodox women against a young rabbi who sees the world differently. When the women’s balcony at a local Orthodox shul collapses, the women are determined to do something about it, the rabbi is not. An optional dinner follows at one of Santa Fe’s top restaurant’s, MIDTOWN BISTRO. Seating is at community and smaller tables.

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" a fantastic film! "
The Israel Film Center, NYC

“ (a) Cinderalla story”
The Village Voice

" uplifting and inspiring ... moves people deeply "
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

2:00 PM Sunday, April 30th
at the JCC of Greater ABQ
5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE


We’re bringing ON THE MAP to Albuquerque for a special screening in association with the Jewish Community Center of Greater ABQ. If you missed seeing it in Santa Fe, it’s another chance to see this award winning film. It’s all part of an Israel Independence celebration at the JCC.

It was 1977, stunned by the murder of its athletes at the Munich Olympics, demoralized by the Yom Kippur War, and reeling from Entebbe, Israel’s underdog basketball team faced the formidable Soviet Union Red Army Moscow team in the European Championships. The game was played in Belgium because the Soviets refused to travel to Tel Aviv and would not allow the Israelis to enter the Soviet Union, simply because they did not recognize Israel’s right to exist.

ON THE MAP is the story of the “miracle on hardwood” that put Israel “on the map” and captured the heart of a nation in the process. Your heart will be captured too by this documentary and the remarkable David and Goliath story it tells.


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"... moving ..."
Wall Street Journal

"... compelling ..."
New York Daily News

"... stirring documentary ..."
Film Journal International

3:30 PM Sunday, April 23rd
Center for Contemporary Arts

3:40 PM Sunday, April 23rd
Center for Contemporary Arts

Featuring Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell and others, ORCHESTRA OF EXILES is the suspenseful chronicle of how one man helped save Europe’s premiere Jewish musicians from obliteration by the Nazis during WWII.

In the early 1930’s Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved close to 1000 Jews – along with the musical heritage of Europe.

There is no charge for tickets but advance reservations are required. A Yom Hashoah Remembrance service will be held at Temple Beth Shalom following the screenings.

Encore Presentation


"... engrossing ..."

"... taboo breaking ..."
Hollywood Reporter

"... tough and touching ..."
Film Forward

5:15 PM Wednesday, April 12th
Center for Contemporary Arts


If you missed our original sold out screening of Maysaloun Hamoud’s debut film, IN BETWEEN, we’re bringing it back for one more showing. It’s an absorbing tale of three Palestinian Israeli women, each living a split life in secular Tel Aviv. Their relationships reveal the tension between modernity and the more traditional society from which they come and their struggles to be true to themselves. As a female Palestinian Israeli, Maysaloun infuses a natural authenticity into the characters. IN BETWEEN had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and took home the award for BEST FILM at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.