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 pm 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?

7:00 pm  SPRING CHICKEN   Irrepressible 95-year old Anny competes to win her fourth Purim costume contest.

7:15 pm  JOE’S VIOLIN   –  A violin bridges the distance between a Holocaust survivor and a girl from the Bronx.

7:45 pm  BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE    In 1968 Israel’s founding father agreed to filmed interviews at his remote home in the Negev desert. The conversations never aired, and now, a half century later, with Israel facing deep questions about its national character, we hear David Ben-Gurion speak about the origins and ideals of Israel.

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

Parking available in the faculty lot next to the forum or call  SCJFF FILM 4 — (725) 333-4564 — to reserve your seat in a carpool.

1:00 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.  A very special guest, Matthew Boger, subject of the film, will field Q & A with Stephanie Jacobs of the Diversity Center moderating after the screening.   “Riveting.” – SF Chronicle

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

6:15 pm 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 pm  PEOPLE LIKE YOU  A parking dispute in Jerusalem leads to unanticipated results.  North American premiere.

8:10 pm  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.  Refreshments served.

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

2:15 pm   GI JEWS  Veterans including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Henry Kissinger tell the unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in WWII. These brave men and women fought for their nation and for Jews worldwide against Hitler, bigotry, fascism, and genocide, often confronting anti-Semitism within their own ranks and at home.  West Coast premiere.

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

6:00 pm  Short films DEAR GOD and AN AVERAGE STORY 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.  West Coast premiere.