Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival – Saturday, March 30 – Thursday, April 4, 2019
Nani & Popi kept a secret for 60 years.
It looked like a perfect marriage.
The authors of the Curious George books were Holocaust survivors.
Pramila, a star of early Bollywood films, like so many others in the cinema industry, was Jewish.
Adolf Eichmann, the architect of Hitler's Final Solution, was hunted down in Argentina by the Mossad. and put on trial in Israel
Ben Ferencz argued for the creation of international crimes against humanity at the Nuremburg trials.
Narila was a Jewish star of early Bollywood.
The Last Suit tells the story of an againg Holocaust survivor who returns to Poland to find the friend who saved him.
No tickets are required for admission to the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival’s 2019 film program.
Donations will be solicited and gratefully accepted at the door.
You are invited to our Opening Night Reception:
Saturday, March 30 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 WENDY’S SHABBAT Friday night begins the sabbath, and these Jewish seniors have found friendship and community in a weekly prayer service held at their local fast food restaurant.
7:15 pm SHALOM, BOLLYWOOD – When the Indian cinema industry began it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on-screen, so Indian Jewish women took upon the female lead roles and continued to do so for decades. With rare archival footage, this new documentary tells the extraordinary tale of Indian Jewish icons at the heart of Bollywood from the early 20th century to the present day.
Sunday, March 31 at the Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El Aptos No charge, donations appreciated.
1:30 pm THE LAST SUIT 88-year old Abraham escapes a Buenos Aires retirement home and makes a one-way trip to Poland to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death in World War II. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, with a klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and fleet pacing, THE LAST SUIT approaches its weighty themes with a light touch.
3:30 pm HEADING HOME: The Tale of Team Israel A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth. Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. The team laughs, cries, and engages in soul-searching while discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
Monday, April 1 Del Mar Theater 1124 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz No charge, donations appreciated.
6:15 pm THE ACCOUNTANT AT AUSCHWITZ Seventy years after WWII, Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the SS, goes on trial as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp, even though he never killed anyone; he just plundered and cataloged the possessions of those headed to the gas chambers.
7:40 pm SHOELACES Reuben abandoned his wife and special needs son, Gadi, 30 years ago. After his mother’s death, Gadi comes to live with Reuben and the father and son seek to make amends for the mistakes they made in life. With performances that ring true the film sheds light on complicated human relationships and the quest for love and redemption.
Tuesday, April 2 Aegis Aptos Community Room, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos No charge, donations appreciated. Refreshments served.
2:00 pm THE HUNT FOR ADOLF EICHMANN Narrated by Gregory Peck this updated re-release is a riveting documentary on the life, crimes, hunt, capture, and trial of the architect of Hitler’s Final Solution. Mossad agents reveal the inside story on how Nazi fugitives escaped Europe, how Eichmann was discovered living in Argentina, tracked, captured, and smuggled to Israel, drugged and dressed as an El Al airline employee.
Wednesday, April 3 Del Mar Theater 1124 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz No charge, donations appreciated.
6:00 pm NEAR NORMAL MAN Ben Stern survived 2 ghettos, 9 concentration camps and 2 death marches to become an activist for social justice. Ben arrived in America in 1946 and 30 years later sparked a national defiance of American Nazis who sought to march in Skokie, Illinois, the home of many Holocaust survivors. Into his 90’s, Ben continued the fight to stop Nazis and white supremacists from seizing the public stage to promote hatred and violence.
6:30 pm ON MY WAY OUT After 60 years of a seeming model marriage, Roman and Ruth Blank reveal a huge secret that they had been hiding from their entire family: Roman is gay. Holocaust survivors who tragically lost family members, the couple persevered to “succeed” in America while fulfilling their basic human need to love and be loved. Filmmakers Brendan and Lili Gross, the couple’s grandchildren, will be on hand to lead a discussion and answer questions after the film.
Thursday, April 4 Cabrillo College Recital Hall (VAPA 5000), 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos No charge, donations appreciated. Presented in collaboration with the Cabrillo College Office of Student Equity.
2:00 pm PROSECUTING EVIL Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, is a tiny man who had to stand on a stack of books to see over the podium while arguing for justice against the perpetrators of the Holocaust. Yet the now 98-year old looms large in his heroic crusade for international laws to protects human rights and promote peaceful coexistence.
The 2019 Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival will close on Thursday after a panel discussion following the screening of Prosecuting Evil, with light refreshments in the courtyard outside the Cabrillo College Recital Hall, VAPA 5000.
Mark your calendar for this week of extraordinary Jewish films and community events, March 30 through April 4, 2019!