Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival – Saturday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Itzhak Rabin & Yasir Arafat

Join us for our lucky 18th “Chai Year”! No tickets are required for admission to the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival’s 2018 film program. 

Donations will be solicited and gratefully accepted at the door.

You are invited to our Opening Night Reception:

Saturday, April 14 at the Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El – 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos

Suggested donation:  $20 per person, $35 per couple, includes refreshments, raffle ticket, and movie.

5:45 p.m. Reception: Shmooze and nosh with friends and fellow film lovers.  Raffle to put other raffles to shame. Trust me, these raffle tickets you want to buy! With a little mazel a $1 ticket could win you a bushel of glitzy first-class stuff!  And who knows what celebrities might be in the house along with our good-looking Festival volunteers? Seriously, you don’t want to miss this.  And a little nosh catered by Zena and her crew will have you smacking your lips in delight.  You can get back on the diet tomorrow, nu?


Our selection committee has previewed over 70 films and on Opening Night we will screen an award-winning short film and a very special documentary to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s statehood.

Sunday, April 15     Cabrillo College Forum 318 Union St., Watsonville                                                       No charge, donations appreciated.

1:00 pm SPRING CHICKEN   Irrepressible 95-year old Anny competes to win her fourth Purim costume contest.

1:10 pm TIJUANA JEWS   The border city presents a colorful backdrop for the stories of Jewish families dating back to the early 20th century, who blended Jewish and Mexican culture in unique ways.

2:00 pm FACING FEAR  Nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, this moving documentary explores the chance meeting at the LA Museum of Tolerance of a gay man and the former neo-Nazi skinhead who nearly beat him to death 25 years earlier.  Featuring a very special guest for Q & A.   “Riveting.” – SF Chronicle

Monday, April 16     Del Mar Theater    1124 Pacific Ave.  Santa Cruz                                                      No charge, donations appreciated.

6:15 p.m. THE WANDERING MUSE   From the ram’s horn to the beatbox, this delightful film explores the kaleidoscope of Jewish identitiy through the ever-changing music of the diaspora.

8:00 p.m.  KEEP THE CHANGE   A refreshingly honest romantic comedy starring actors on the autism spectrum in autistic roles.  Winner, Best U.S. Narrative Feature & Best New Narrative Director – 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.  “A tart and touching love story.” – New York Observer.  “Sweet and honest, funny and poignant. The story is intensely personal and wholly universal.” – Bright Lights Film Journal

Tuesday, April 17         Aegis Aptos Community Room, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos                                No charge, donations appreciated.

2:00 pm  SPRING CHICKEN Holocaust survivor Anny competes for her fourth straight Purim costume contest win.

2:15 pm   To be announced Feature Film    Stay tuned

Wednesday, April 18     Del Mar Theater      1124 Pacific Ave.  Santa Cruz                                             No charge, donations appreciated.

6:00 p.m.  Short films to be announced soon present wistful looks at life in modern Israel.

6:30 pm    THE OSLO DIARIES  Fresh from its world premier at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, featuring never-seen-before footage and narratives from the negotiators on both sides, THE OSLO DIARIES recounts a story of political intrigue, fiery rhetoric, unlikely friendships, and the overwhelming desire for peace at the heart of the secret and illegal 1992 – 2010 Oslo negotiations between Israel and the PLO.  Followed by a moderated discussion with Rachel Eryn Kalish, founder of Project Reconnections, a social justice and respectful dialogue project, and a presentation by Etai Freedman on creating positive social and political change through technology and entrepreneurship in the region.  Don’t miss this exclusive film presentation and discussion examining the very elusive path to peaceful co-existence.