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

The Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2017 film program. 

Please note that our Opening Night Reception has been moved to Saturday, April 1.

Saturday, April 1 at the Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El  3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos

6:00 p.m. Reception      Shmooze and nosh with friends and fellow film lovers.  Raffle to put other raffles to shame.  Ours is quick and cheap, very smart, nothing too fancy or boring. Who needs that.

7:00 p.m.  EL HAR   Documentary, Tunisia/France 15 min. 2016   A filmmaker’s poetic memoir of a lost community in northern Africa.

followed by  RESTORING TOMORROW    Documentary, USA 90 mins. 2016

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

Monday, April 3     Del Mar Theater    1124 Pacific Ave.  Santa Cruz

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

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

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

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”. This delightful movie profiles a team that captured the heart of a nation and surprised the world.  Special guest appearance.

Wednesday, April 5     Del Mar Theater      1124 Pacific Ave.  Santa Cruz

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

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) was nominated for best film at the 2014 Israeli Academy Awards.

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

It’s 1943, and 13-year old Franny 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.