Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival – Saturday, April 1 – Wednesday, April 5, 2017

No tickets are required for admission to the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival’s 2017 film program. 

Donations will be solicited and gratefully accepted at the door.

You are invited to our Opening Night Reception:

Saturday, April 1 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 movies.

6:00 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. Lots of cool stuff to be given away.  And filmmaker Aaron Wolf will be in the house along with our way cool and good-looking Festival volunteers! Seriously, you don’t miss this.  Catering by Zena and her crew to make your mouth water.

7:00 p.m.  EL HARA   Documentary, USA/France 2016, 15 mins.

The poetic memoir of a lost community in northern Africa.  EL HARA revisits the childhood neighborhood of Tunisian-Jewish born writer and essayist Albert Memmi. With excepts of his prose, in French, with English subtitles.

followed by  RESTORING TOMORROW    Documentary, USA 2016, 90 mins.

A Los Angeles treasure, the Wilshire Blvd. Temple, built by the original Hollywood moguls, was facing a disgraceful demise. The historic building and the future of a central Los Angeles community was at stake.  A rabbi and a filmmaker go on very personal quests.  “A genuinely inspiring movie with a great story to tell.”  Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy

We are proud to present writer/actor/director Aaron Wolf to introduce his film and engage in Q & A after the screening.

Monday, April 3     Del Mar Theater    1124 Pacific Ave.  Santa Cruz     No charge, donations appreciated.

In the grand auditorium:

6:30 p.m. ONCE IN A LIFETIME Drama, France, 2014, 105 mins.

Underprivileged and rebellious French high school kids, more concerned with jeans than genocide, are challenged to compete in a contest which changes them dramatically. Based on a true story, co-written by a French Muslim, this film won awards at New Hampshire, Boston, Santa Barbara and Toronto film festivals.

8:20 p.m. ON THE MAP     Documentary, Israel, 2016, 85 mins.

During a dark period for Israel the national basketball team fought its way to the 1977 European Championship in a quest for their own “miracle on hardwood”.  Told through the eyes of six American basketball players who joined the Maccabi team, the film combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes thriller with the incendiary political backdrop of the 1970’s.  It’s a delightful and mesmerizing profile of a team that captured the heart of a nation and surprised the world.  You don’t have to be a basketball fan to love this movie.

Special appearance by filmmaker Dani Menkin to introduce his film and answer questions after the screening.

Wednesday, April 5     Del Mar Theater      1124 Pacific Ave.  Santa Cruz       No charge, donations appreciated.

6:30 p.m.  IS THAT YOU?     Drama, Israel/USA, 2014, 81 mins.

Ronnie, a 60- year old film projectionist fired from his job, ventures off to the U.S. in search of Rachel, the love of his youth.  This quirky romantic road trip by filmmaker Dani Menkin   (DOLPHIN BOY, ON THE MAP) was nominated for best film at the 2014 Israeli Academy Awards.

8:00 p.m. FANNY’S JOURNEY  Drama, France/Belgium, 2016, 95 mins.

It’s 1943, and 13-year old Fanny and ten other children are sent from France to an Italian orphanage for Jews. Soon these kids are on their own and on the run from the Nazis. They must achieve the impossible: reach the Swiss border and freedom. Based on a true story.