MENASHE

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"... touching ..."
Huffington Post

"A gentle human comedy."
The New York Times

"... compelling ..."
TheWrap

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

The Best of Sundance!

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.

THE WOMEN’S BALCONY

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"... joyous ..."
variety

"... 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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ON THE MAP – Encore

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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

COMING TO ABQ!

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.

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES

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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

COMMUNITY SCREENING
SECOND SCREENING ADDED.
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.

IN BETWEEN
Encore Presentation

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"... engrossing ..."
Variety

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

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

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

ENCORE! ENCORE!

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.

FANNY’S JOURNEY

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"... compelling ..."
Variety

"... an exceptional and truly touching film ..."
Cinealliance

WINNER! Best Film
Hamburg International Film Festival

6:00 PM Wednesday, April 26th
Center for Contemporary Arts

SPECIAL “TEEN SCREENING”

The year was 1943 in Vichy France when 13 year old Fanny is put in charge of a group of Jewish children who find they must leave in order to save their own lives. With ingenuity and bravery Fanny is left to lead her sisters and classmates from France to Switzerland where they find safe haven.

FANNY’S JOURNEY, which is based on the memoirs of Fanny Ben-Ami, is the story of this remarkable journey. The screening, which is in French with English subtitles, is for “teens” and mature pre-teens only. Pizzas will be served starting at 6:00 PM with the film starting at 6:30 PM.

There is no charge for tickets but reservations must be made in advance.

NEVER AGAIN IS NOW

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"... chilling ..."
Dailywire.com

"... inspirational stories ..."
Huffington Post

"Silence in the face of evil is in itself evil."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

COMMUNITY SCREENING

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES will be shown in place of NEVER AGAIN IS NOW.

NEVER AGAIN IS NOW has been called “one of the most important documentaries of the decade”. It explores the troubling rise of antisemitism in Europe through the eyes of a woman who fled to America in 2004 to escape it. At times controversial but powerful, the film is a stark reminder that the watch words of the Holocaust need to be more than just words.

Evelyn Markus was raised in Holland by parents who witnessed the growing anti-Jewish violence of the 1940s. Her parents survived the Holocaust when Allied soldiers liberated them in 1945. When Markus saw signs of the same disturbing trends returning to the Netherlands, she left the land her family called home for centuries. Today she confronts the hatred that drove her out, and embraces her life’s mission — to prevent one of history’s darkest chapters from repeating.

There is no charge for tickets but advance reservations are required.

IN BETWEEN

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"... engrossing ..."
Variety

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

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

11:00 AM Sunday, March 26th
Introduction by award winning writer/producer Kirk Ellis.
Center for Contemporary Arts

SOLD OUT

Maysaloun Hamoud’s debut film, IN BETWEEN is 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. Award winning writer, producer Kirk Ellis will introduce the film.

EXODUS:
The Ethiopian Journey

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See the film RED LEAVES.
Winner, Best Debut Film

Hear Avishai Mekonen's personal story (A VIEW FROM WITHIN)
and the little know story of the unsung heroes.

Join us for an optional lunch of traditional Ethiopian dishes

11:00 AM Sunday, February 26th
Film: RED LEAVES
Introduction by Dr. Halley Faust
Center for Contemporary Arts

1:00 PM Sunday, February 26th
Lunch with Ethiopian Food
Temple Beth Shalom

2:00 PM Sunday, February 26th
Talk - A VIEW FROM WITHIN
Avishai Mekonen
Temple Beth Shalom

The story of Ethiopian Jewry and the mass immigration to Israel is one of heroism, secrecy, danger, and challenges. With the determination and planning of the Israeli and American governments, world Jewish organizations, and Jewish Ethiopian activists, the vast majority of Ethiopia’s Jewish community was brought to Israel.

EXODUS: THE ETHIOPIAN JOURNEY fills in the canvas of this most extraordinary story with the regional premiere of RED LEAVES, a talk (A VIEW FROM WITHIN) by Avishai Mekonen who at ten years of age made the journey from Ethiopia to Israel, and a lunch featuring Ethiopian dishes. Attend the film and/or talk and stay for the optional lunch.

EXODUS kicks off with the screening of Bazi Gete’s RED LEAVES, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival’s award for BEST DEBUT FILM. The story follows Meseganio Tadela, an Ethiopian émigré to Israel and family patriarch. Meseganio grew up in a world a universe away, one that clung to Jewish traditions over 2,000 years old. Now with his children growing up in a secular society and a modern world he doesn’t understand, Meseganio is adrift. The promise of the “Promised Land” is out of reach. RED LEAVES will be introduced by Dr. Halley Faust. The Fausts have had a long-time connection to Israel’s Ethiopian community.

Ruth Anne and Halley Faust

RED LEAVES
 

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"... beautifully acted ..."
Jerusalem Post

WINNER! - Best Debut Film
Jerusalem International Film Festival

"... quiet, powerful ..."
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11:00 AM Sunday, February 26th
Introduction by Dr. Halley Faust
Optional Ethiopian lunch
Center for Contemporary Arts

Tradition clashes with modernity in Bazi Gete’s RED LEAVES. Winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival’s award for BEST DEBUT FILM, the story follows Meseganio Tadela, an Ethiopian émigré to Israel and patriarch of his family. Meseganio grew up in a world a universe away, one that clung to Jewish traditions over 2,000 years old. Now with his children growing up in a secular society and a modern world that he doesn’t understand, Meseganio is adrift. The promise of the “Promised Land” is out of reach.

The story told has echoes in other societies where traditional worlds have begun to crumble. But the story is also particular to Israel, a country that has tried to make the promise a reality but has yet to fully do so.

Ruth Anne and Halley Faust