The Season


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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.



"... a powerful study of bigotry and fear ..."
Houston Chronicle

“ ... movie’s pitch is almost perfect ...”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"... the acting is terrific all around ..."
Jam! Movies

4:15 PM Sunday, November 19th
Intro by Emmy award-winner
CCA Studio

Based on Arthur Miller’s only novel, FOCUS centers on Lawrence Newman (William H. Macy) who is mistaken as Jewish in an anti-Semitic neighborhood in Brooklyn. He and his wife (Laura Dern) find that formerly friendly neighbors look at them askance while flaming an environment of anti-Semitism. FOCUS is as timely today as it was when the book was written in the 1940s.


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"... a beguiling excursion ..."

"... exquisitely stylalized ..."

WINNER! Best Picture - Odessa Int'l Film Festival

11:00 AM Sunday, December 3rd
CCA Studio

1905. A Jewish Shtetl. Shimek and Buzya are two 10 year olds. Of course, she is a princess and he is a prince. They live in the same yard, in neighboring palaces. What Buzya really means to him, Shimek begins to understand only years later when, far away from home, he receives the news that Buzya is about to be married off.

Award-winning Ukranian director Eva Neumann translates Sholem Aleichem’s words into a lyrical portrait that leisurely unfolds on the screen.


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"... poignant ..."

"... powerful ..."
Critical Movie Review Critics

WINNER! Best Picture, Jerusalem Film Festival

11:00 AM Sunday, December 10th
Director Nir Bergman via Skype
Center for Contemporary Arts

INTIMATE GRAMMAR is an inner journey rich in detailed observation. Based on critically acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman’s THE BOOK OF INTIMATE GRAMMAR, the film follows the young Aharon Kleinfeld as he strives to survive a domineering mother, an anti-intellectual father and his own diminutive stature.

Award-winning director Nir Bergman, who also wrote the screenplay, joins us via Skype to discuss the challenges of bringing Grossman’s novel to the screen



Comics and the graphic novel

FILM: The Art of Spiegelman

TALK: Taking Comics Seriously

4:30 PM Sunday, December 10th
With talk by Dr. Laurence Roth
Center for Contemporary Arts

The role of Jewish artists/writers in comics and the graphic novel is the subject of FROM SUPERMAN TO SPIEGELMAN – COMICS AND THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. This talk, accompanied by the insightful documentary THE ART OF SPIEGELMAN, will look at the development of the graphic novel and its roots in comics, tracing the contributions of Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman and others. Spiegelman’s groundbreaking MAUS catapulted the graphic novel into the sphere of high art when it won the Pulitzer Prize.

Plus – Special Comics/Graphic Novel Exhibit from the collection of Bobby Mogill.


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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.